SOS Children's Villages, founded in 1949, is the world's largest non-governmental organization focused on supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it.


Child neglect, abuse and abandonment is everywhere. Families are at risk of separation. Locally led, we work in more than 130 countries and territories to strengthen families who are under pressure so they can stay together. When this is not in a child or young person's best interests, we provide quality care according to their unique needs.


Together with partners, donors, communities, children, young people and families, we enable children to grow up with the bonds they need to develop and become their strongest selves. We speak up for each child's rights and advocate for change so all children can grow up in a supportive environment.


Legal Advisor


Location: Innsbruck, Vienna, Faridabad, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Lomé, Casablanca, Amman, Skopje, Tallin, La Paz, San José 

Duration: Unlimited , full time 



The General Counsel’s Office unit acts as an internal advocate in actively promoting the topic of integrity and corruption prevention at all levels of the federation. In particular, we deal with compliance with anti-corruption legislation and related fields of law and play a key role in helping to ensure that the federation and member associations carry out their work in accordance with laws, regulations, industry standards, internal policies pertaining to corruption prevention and SOS Children’s Villages’ key values.

Additionally, the General Counsel’s Office provides independent legal advice, guidance and/or counsel to SOS Children’s Villages International (General Secretariat/International Office) and its executive leadership, specifically in the areas of corporate law, federation law, general contract law, and related fields of law.

Within the General Counsel’s Office, the Legal Advisor reports to the General Counsel and provides support in all aspects of complex legal and organizational governance matters. The role includes advancing and coordinating agreed governance projects with co-workers from different units across the organization as well as providing subject matter expertise in the areas of general contract law, employment law, corporate law, federation law, corporate governance and general legal affairs. The Legal Advisor administers and provides for the revenue from legacies made for SOS Children’s Villages International and coordinates the work between the relevant Member Associations and units across the organization. The incumbent partners with internal stakeholders and provides independent advice, guidance and counsel to SOS Children´s Villages International and its executive leadership in the area of legal affairs. This includes input to, or design of the Statutes, policies and guidelines according to defined specifications. Furthermore, the Legal Advisor closely cooperates with third parties, including but not limited to business partners, external lawyers, external auditors and government bodies. The objective throughout is to provide for a modern governance structure for the organisation and to minimize risk and liability for SOS Children’s Villages International while optimizing the relevant legal processes in support of key business objectives.


Tasks & Responsibilities




  • University degree in Austrian law; a degree or certification in International Law/Humanitarian Law would be of added value 
  • A minimum of seven years of proven work experience in legal services with focus in one or more of the following areas: Austrian Employment Law, Austrian Corporate Law and/or Contract Law, Data Protection Law 
  • Expert knowledge of Austrian Law 
  • Professional experience in the context of Austrian Association law and specifics regarding non-profit status 
  • Previous experience in negotiating, drafting and revising of contracts and agreements preferably in an international context 
  • Excellent analytical mindset with a keen eye for practical solutions 
  • Exceptional communications, presentation and facilitation skills 
  • Strong ability to synthetise complex information into executive messages 
  • Experience in working independently and prioritizing multiple demands 
  • Sensitivity to confidential matters, ability to maintain and respect confidentiality 
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills in English and German 
  • Work permit or eligibility to work in the location you are applying for 


  • Relevant work experience in an international context 
  • Experience in designing and delivering trainings in the subject area 
  • Data protection and GDPR knowledge 
  • Trademark Law knowledge 
  • Advanced knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic would be an asset 


We offer


If you are interested in this position, please submit your detaile application in English at The position will remained open until filled.