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GOAL Legal Counsel (FTC 6 months)

About Us

GOAL has responded to the world’s major humanitarian crises since its founding in 1977, working with vulnerable communities in 15 countries across the globe with a dedicated team of 3,500 personnel. While GOAL continues to be an agile first-responder to humanitarian crises, it is also committed to working with vulnerable communities to help them survive crises and support them on the road to recovery.

Job Purpose

The Legal Counsel will work with GOAL’s permanent Legal Counsel to support GOAL’s country offices and HQ on a diverse range of corporate and contractual matters, as well as on legal risk in the context of our humanitarian responses, our development and other programming work, procurement, awards, finance, and HR. Please note this role is initially offered as 6 month FTC.

This is a great opportunity for a qualified lawyer with 2 – 4 years’ PQE, who has experience in the INGO sector or is looking to make the transfer from either in-house or private practice. The role offers the opportunity to do interesting, challenging and truly meaningful work as part of a dynamic organisation.

The candidate will need to be a solicitor or barrister qualified in Ireland or a common law jurisdiction, a good team player, with good attention to detail and a willingness

Key areas of Responsibility:

  • Provide legal advice to GOAL's offices and headquarters on a range of corporate and contractual matters.
  • Reviewing and drafting contracts, agreements, and other legal documents related to procurement, awards, finance, and HR.
  • Advising on regulatory compliance and legal requirements in the countries where GOAL operates.
  • Collaborate with the permanent Legal Counsel to develop and implement legal strategies and policies to support GOAL's operations.
  • Conduct analysis to support decision-making and ensure adherence to relevant laws and regulations.
  • Assist with the management of legal risks associated with GOAL's development, humanitarian response, and other programming work.
  • Representing GOAL in legal proceedings or negotiations as needed, and serving as a point of contact for external legal counsel.

The Person

  • Experience of commercial law, and experience in one or more of the following areas of law: general corporate, commercial / contract, employment, finance, treasury, charity/not-for-profit, data protection, intellectual property or dispute resolution.
  • Ability to provide pragmatic advice and be solution driven, with strong communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Maintains a calm disposition and positive outlook, particularly when working under pressure.


  • Experience operating in a range of jurisdictions, including instructing overseas counsel.
  • Experience of the contexts in which GOAL operates.
  • Advanced French and/or Arabic language skills

**GOAL offers staff flexible working with our hybrid model, we require our HQ employees to work 2 days per week from our office in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin**

;GOAL is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. If you would like more information or have any special requirements or needs that would support you during the recruitment process then please contact the Recruitment team ;;

All employees share in the responsibility for fulfilling GOAL’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and equal treatment. GOAL does not discriminate against any employee or volunteer; or any applicant for employment or volunteering on the basis of age, gender identity, ancestry, political opinion, civil status, medical condition, ethnic background, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.


Accountability within GOAL

A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability: 1) Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols; 2) Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area; 3) Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.


Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

General Terms and Conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.


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