Legal and Governance Officer

European Climate Foundation The Hague Netherlands Operations

Company Description

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was founded in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to help tackle climate change by fostering the development of a low-carbon society at the national, European and global level.

We support over 280 partner organisations to carry out activities that contribute to the public debate on climate action, drive urgent and ambitious policy in support of the objectives of the Paris Agreement and help deliver a socially responsible transition to a net-zero emissions economy and sustainable society in Europe and around the world.


About the role

The Legal and Governance Officer gives advice on/coordinates legal matters regarding ECF business, 501(3)c compliance, grants and consultant contracts. Of primary importance is recognising and maintaining ECF’s reputation and charitable purpose status. Therefore he/she collaborates closely with the Grants Manager, the External Relations team, Programme staff and external law firms.

He/she also safeguards/coordinates the compliance with applicable rules when the ECF and its hosted entities are expanding internationally.

The legal officer initially reports to the Chief Operating Officer, until a new structure in the Operations department has been set-up.

Key responsibilities

  • You are the first point of contact for legal questions on grants, funders and consultant contracts;
  • You contribute on implementing and upholding good corporate governance practices in the organisation;
  • You support the Grants Manager, the External Relations team and the Programme staff in negotiating legal aspects related to their contracts;
  • When necessary, you make use of the expertise of professional partners (law firms);
  • You screen the existing contracts and are also involved in drafting new contracts;
  • You oversee the data protection compliance;
  • You detect international law firms to collaborate with on legal matters regarding to the international expansion of the organisation;
  • You make sure international expansion is in compliance with the applicable rules/laws.


Experience and competencies

  • You have a strong interest in climate and the environment;
  • You hold a degree in law;
  • You have 3-5 years of experience in the field of business/contract law;
  • You are a true problem solver and have an analytical mind;
  • You are organised and have an eye for details;
  • You have strong networking skills that enable effective collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • You recognize and uphold the values of the ECF and can help implement them;
  • You have an excellent command of the English and Dutch languages (both spoken and written).

Other information

What we offer

  • The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work;
  • A flexible work environment and a space to develop and challenge yourself;
  • A full-time 1-year contract (possibility to be extended). 


The Hague.

Start date

As soon as possible.

How to apply

Please upload below: 

  1. CV
  2. short cover letter expressing your motivation for this role
  3. both in English!

Only applications following the HOW TO APPLY instructions will be considered for the role!


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