Legal Specialist

New Delhi and Gurgaon
Posted 7 months ago


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About ISA

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an international organization headquartered in Gurgaon, National Capital Region of India. The vision and mission of the ISA is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries where the global community, including bilateral and multilateral organizations, corporates, industry, and other stakeholders, can make a positive contribution to assist and help achieve the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting energy needs of the ISA Member Countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.

The Role

The Legal Specialist will support the ISA through the provision of sound legal advice on all aspects of policy development, governance structure, regulatory compliance, contract negotiation, etc. The Legal Specialist will report to the Assistant Director-General, Strategy.

Duties and Responsibilities

Legal Advice

• Advise on legal issues arising in the context of the ISA’s governance structure, including drafting and review of relevant documents as well
as providing advice on the application and interpretation of the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly and the Framework Agreement.
• Preparation of papers and reports addressing legal, institutional or administrative aspects of ISA activities, including oversight of research and analysis.
• Review any legal issues, complaints and concerns raised by stakeholders and provide advice on how best to address those issues.
• Oversight of legal research to provide response to the business needs and the requests from ISA management.
• Responsible for preparation of briefs, memoranda, and opinions on legal aspects for management on all matters and topics concerning ISA; advising and reviewing all Memorandum of Understanding, Letters of Intent for ISA.

Policy Development

• Participate in various intra and inter-agency working groups and task forces for maintaining international relations, always ensuring that ISA interests are represented in matters relating to policy development, coordination, and harmonization.
• Review and advise ISA on legal implications of internal/external (where applicable) policies and procedures.
• Identify policy, legal and institutional issues as well as emerging problems concerning the implementation of these legal and policy responses and recommend appropriate actions.
• Assess existing and emerging policy, legal and institutional issues relating to the deployment of solar technology and applications in ISA Member countries with a view to providing solutions to them, including through monitoring and coordination of the work of external legal consultants where required.

Regulatory Compliance

• Act as Legal advisor/counsel and focal point within ISA and provide interpretation and guidance on the applicable Legal and Compliance(s) and frameworks.
• Formulate legal compliance check-list for all ISA Member countries to be used for the purpose of ensuring that all information required is provided accordingly.
• Provide legal advice in the development of internal regulations, rules and procedures, and associated policies and processes, and review legal issues arising in connection with their implementation.
• Responsible to analyze and apply ISA Financial, HR and Admin Regulations and Rules, procedures, and policies across all agreements with partners.

Contract Negotiations

• Review, drafting, preparation, negotiation, and finalization of legal, partnership, loan and co-financing and funding agreements/documents with partner entities, ensuring these are in line with ISA rules.
• Brief ISA management and operational staff on issues related to contracting including terms and conditions, contract negotiations, meetings with partners, service providers, vendors, external agencies, etc.
• Review all contracts and any other documentation where ISA has committed itself and assess legal implications that need to be brought to attention of ISA management.
• Set the standard(s), review of and ensure adherence to terms and conditions of all MoUs and agreements especially as related to procurement and consultancy.

Knowledge Management

• Facilitates capacity building by providing training on legal and contractual matters at all levels.
• Explain legal implications of regulations, procedures, and policies to all staff and stakeholders, as necessary.
• Facilitate knowledge management and ensure programme, projects and activities are informed by legal framework.


• Support for other duties as may be assigned by the Assistant Director-General, Strategy, in area of work.



• Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent)
in environmental law, preferably with specialization in public international law, international environmental law or climate change. A first-level university degree in law in combination with additional 2 years of relevant experience in environmental issues may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
• A first-level university degree in combination with 4 additional years of qualifying relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


• A minimum of eight years of relevant experience in environmental law, climate change and sustainable development related matters, including a background in legal drafting
and development of legal and institutional frameworks for environmental management, is required. Experience in working on environmental issues in Small Island Developing States and/or Least Developing Countries is desirable.
• Knowledge of renewable energy sector more broadly, as well as issues relating to access to energy.
• Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations.

Language and IT skills

• The role demands substantial writing and verbal communications skills. As English is the official and working language of the Organization, excellent command of both written and spoken English is required.
• Knowledge of other languages (i.e., French, Spanish and Arabic) would be an advantage.
• Satisfactory skills in Outlook, MS Office products, and various ERP systems is highly desirable.

Job Features

Duty StationNew Delhi and Gurgaon (initially Remote)
Closing dateMonday 30th August (12am BST)
Expected start dateAs soon as possible
Job GradeP3

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Job Features

Duty StationNew Delhi and Gurgaon (initially Remote)
Closing dateMonday 30th August (12am BST)
Expected start dateAs soon as possible
Job GradeP3

Apply Online

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