As part of Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS’) detailed legal work, we are looking for a candidate to fill the full-time position of Consultant – Legal & Regulation in our Delhi or Bengaluru offices. This is a mid-level leadership position that will potentially involve independent responsibility and individual contribution along with reviewing and supervising the work of younger team members.
Activities and Tasks:
Responsibilities would include, but not be limited to, the following:
Legal Support (primary):
Handling legal and regulatory matters;
Contract drafting and contract management;
Transactional advisory and drafting, preferably with experience of:
matters pertaining to the ‘not for profit’ sector;
procurement and tendering;
construction contracts (Works, Design Build, PPP models);
transactional elements of IPR related matters;
Ensuring effective and adequate documentation;
Institutional process drafting;
Handling legal advisory, memos and opinion writing, litigation proceedings and related support as applicable;
Undertaking legal and regulatory due diligence
Contributing to research and academic work on aspects of urban law and policy, as relevant to IIHS;
Contributing to other IIHS activities including academics, research, training, practice, operations and others;
Participating in all activities of Institution-Building at IIHS; carrying out tasks as assigned.
Structure and Reporting:
The Consultant – Legal & Regulation will report to the Head – Legal & Regulation at IIHS and will collaborate effectively with a diverse group of internal teams and external individuals/organisations, and students.
We are looking for a knowledgeable, responsible and motivated lawyer with a minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Law and at least 8 years of work experience in relevant areas, including preferably, experience of dealing with legal and regulatory issues in the non-for-profit sector.
Other qualifications required for this role, include:
Excellent analytical skills and a high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;
Excellent communication skills in written English;
Good communication skills and fluency in Hindi/Kannada (written and spoken);
Ability to undertake rigorous research on contracts, labour law, taxation law, privacy/date protection legislation, case law, institutional structures and relevant legislative matters, with pronounced evidence of strong drafting and transactional skills;
Ability to understand law in contexts and propose iterative solutions;
Ability to assist with litigation related matters;
Ability to work in a highly inter-disciplinary team and under strict and frequent deadlines;
Professional experience in dealing with Government agencies/entities;
Initiative and independent working, ability to handle tasks with minimal supervision;
Leadership skills, with the ability to supervise and mentor younger team members.
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About the Company:
India’s urbanisation is the second largest rural to urban transition in human history. By the middle of the century, at least 800 million Indians will live in cities and they will constitute more than half of India’s population. This is not just a demographic transition. Urbanisation is fundamentally changing India’s economy, society, culture, natural and built environments as well as politics. Our national development now hinges on urbanisation being handled with wisdom.
Launching a set of core Urban missions in 2015 including Smart Cities, AMRUT, PMAY, HRIDAY and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, ‘it would have been very beneficial if we had recognised urbanisation as an opportunity 25–30 years earlier and treated it as a foundation’.
In an urban century, this is a timely realisation for India and the world. Yet, two core challenges stand in the way of this urban transformation.
A new generation of interdisciplinary urban practitioners, innovators and scholars and those who have the right knowledge, skills and perspectives to tackle the problems of 21st century urbanisation, via cutting-edge practice, teaching and globally benchmarked research; and
New knowledge that they can use to find solutions to these apparently intractable challenges; and adapt, scale and replicate them across a nation of over 1.4 billion people, transforming the everyday lives of people and the economy, society and the environment, as we know it today.
IIHS will establish a national level institution of international eminence to address the above issues.
The proposed IIHS Institution of Eminence (IOE) is premised on this need to transform the current nature of urban education as one of the most important drivers for India’s national development and sustainable global futures. It does so in two key ways: (a) through undertaking interdisciplinary research and practice to help build new global knowledge; and (b) by training a new generation of urban professionals through the delivery of a set of transformative new degrees in Urban Practice. The proposed IIHS IOE takes urbanisation as the core of a new knowledge paradigm that provides the scaffolding for a new, interdisciplinary, 21st century University.
IIHS, the sponsoring organisation is a section 8 company under the Indian Companies Act, established in 2008 by eminent Indians who have distinguished themselves in various fields, including the government, private sector and civil society. They have come together for a common cause, i.e. to set up a proposed university i.e. the proposed IIHS (Institution of Eminence).