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Legal Counsel

Job Title: Legal Counsel
Beijing, China
Reports To:
Senior Legal Counsel


The Legal Counsel, as part of the legal team, will support the Senior Legal Counsel to provide legal advice for the operations and programmatic work of Energy Foundation China. He/She willserve as a legal partner to work with the internal staff and external lawyers to ensure full compliance with all relevant laws in both China and the U.S.


  • Draft, review and negotiate variousagreements and contracts, including but not limited to Grants Agreements, Foundation-initiated-project (FIP) contracts, and service agreements etc.
  • Review and provide legal advice on grants, projectsand activities from legal and risk management perspective, support the development of processes and proceduresto ensure legal compliance.
  • Preparebilingual version of contracts and other legal documents as needed, under supervision of Senior Legal Counsel.
  • Organize and conduct internal legal compliance and risk management training.
  • Provide legal advice on day-to-day operations, and contribute to the formulation of office policies from legal perspectives, e.g.  Conflict of Interests policies, Whistle Blower policies, etc.
  • Support iNGO law compliance work, including but not limited to annual work plan, annual report, and other administrative and filing processes.
  • Support Senior Legal Counsel to develop standard template of legal documents for EFC to enhance risk controls.
  • Manage the legal services provided by external law firms or legal consultant as needed.
  • Handle dispute and litigation on behalf of EFC as needed.
  • Undertake legal research and other additional tasks and responsibilities as assigned by Senior Legal Counsel.
  • Back up other colleagues as needed.

This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. 


  • Education: Master’s degree or equivalent, majored in law.  PRC bar is a must and U.S. bar admission (any state) is preferred.
  • Working experience: Above 8 years of legal experience. Experiences in in-house counsel at non-profit organizations and knowledge in iNGO-related laws will be a strong plus.
  • Language level: native-level Chinese skills required; excellent command of spoken and written English; communicates in English effectively in public.
  • Communication: ability to communicate logically and articulate key messages/points with clear structure and fact-based supporting arguments, listen actively to audience’s purpose, and communicate effectively in public.
  • Problem solving: ability to define and prioritize the key issues when facing complex situations, make analysis with logical reasoning, propose possible solutions and resolve some complicated issues independently, well balance between internal control and flexibility, aiming to achieve organizational goals effectively and efficiently.   
  • Service Orientation: dedicate to meet the expectations and requirements of other colleagues in line with organization goal.


  • Ethical Behavior/Integrity – Demonstrates principled performance and sound ethics, showing consistency among principles, values and behaviors to build trust and credibility internally and externally.
  • Mission-driven/Initiative – Inspired by the organization's vision and mission, and take actions with ownership, can-do attitude and proactive mindset.
  • Team Spirits – Collaboratively works toward solutions, which benefit all involved. parties; willingly cooperate with others to accomplish team/organization objectives.

Please email a cover letter and resume, subject line "Application for Legal Counsel", to


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