Head of Legal


Dublin, Ireland

Job Purpose:

  • Leading the legal function of GOAL and its engagement with stakeholders, internal and external.
  • Adhere and demonstrate an active commitment to GOAL values throughout work practices.
  • Ensure duties and responsibilities of the legal function (detailed below) are carried out to a high standard and ensure changes/amendments to legislation are proactively identified and communicated to CEO and relevant senior stakeholders within GOAL.
  • Provide legal advice and support to the senior teams across GOAL and to the Board of Directors.
  • As Assistant Company Secretary, the role requires working with the Company Secretary to ensure statutory company secretarial obligations of Group legal entities are complied with (e.g. ensure board and committee meetings held with minutes being recorded; corporate records and statutory filings are maintained; etc);
  • Support the business (people and process/systems) to continuously strengthen and improve the quality of the legal documentation.
  • Compliance: advise on processes to ensure compliance with relevant laws applicable to GOAL and necessary filings with applicable regulators aligned to overall organisational compliance strategy in place in GOAL;
  • Work closely with the Compliance and Risk functions within GOAL to assist in achieving the highest levels of compliance and risk management globally;
  • Manage and develop GOAL’s relationships with external pro bono lawyers who support and volunteer services to GOAL;
  • Maintain strict confidentiality, independence, integrity and awareness in all dealings internally and externally, including the building of strong internal and external relationships.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Commercial Contracting

  • Review, draft and negotiate a broad and diverse range of contracts with our partners and suppliers globally, including key strategic projects; supplier/service/consultancy contract; grant and sub-grant Contracts; MOUs; NDAs; collaboration Contracts etc.
  • Legal Case Management (Ireland, UK and Countries of Operation).
  • Work with in-country management teams and local legal counsel to maintain and progress existing portfolio of legal cases/disputes before complaints bodies/courts/tribunals. Proactively work with the relevant in-country senior management and local lawyers to assess and strategically analyse merits of legal claims/cases, ensuring effective management of same.

Legal Advisory

  • Governance: supporting strategic corporate projects including revising governing documents, intra-group and inter-company frameworks/agreements and other strategic alliances.
  • Support HR department on employment related issues.
  • Provide legal guidance on data protection and privacy matters, work with external pro bono lawyers to prepare inter group data transfer agreements and provide support to the DPO.

Assistant Company Secretary

  • Support the Company Secretary in all matters which includes monitoring changes in relevant legislation and the regulatory environment and take appropriate action/oversee systems that ensure the company complies with all applicable legal and statutory requirements.
  • Ensure statutory filings are made in Ireland, UK and provide and in all other jurisdictions where GOAL has a presence.
  • Maintain statutory books, including registers of members, directors, secretaries, beneficial owners, and sealing.


  • Keep abreast of new laws; rules and regulations, ensuring best practice and compliance with company and charity law, among others.
  • Cooperation with Internal Audit, Investigation and Donor Compliance functions, ensure adherence to donor requirements and monitor and implement actions necessary to address adverse findings/trends at global and country level.

Experience & Skills

  • Professional legal qualification as solicitor or barrister.
  • Minimum 7 years' post-qualification experience in a senior role in-house, in a law firm or at the Bar; international experience in the development sector is an advantage.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues and external partners.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, and inter-personal skills with the ability to gain and sustain trust and confidence at all levels of the organisation.
  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative and to take pro-active and innovative approach to solving complex problems.
  • Flexible, organised and performance focused, strategic thinker.
  • Good general knowledge of current events, particularly international affairs and international humanitarian law and policy.
  • Commitment to GOAL's work and core values.
  • Honesty, integrity and a commitment to openness and transparency.

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