Search for Administrative Tribunal Members

The World Bank is inviting applications for openings on the World Bank Administrative Tribunal. Members must have impeccable personal and professional integrity, sound judgment and intellectual rigor and must be able to communicate effectively and command trust across a broad and diverse range of stakeholders.

The World Bank is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.


The World Bank (Bank), which consists of five institutions that specialize in different aspects of development: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), is one of the world's largest sources of development assistance and knowledge for developing countries.

The Bank’s mission is to end extreme poverty within a generation and boost shared prosperity. To that end, the Bank provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.

A network of offices worldwide delivers the Bank's programs in countries, liaises with government and civil society, and works to increase understanding of development issues. The World Bank is owned by 189-member countries whose views and interests are represented by a Board of Governors and a Washington, DC-based Board of Directors. More than 190 countries participate in at least one of the five Bank institutions.

For additional information, please visit http://www.worldbank.org.

Administrative Tribunal

The World Bank Administrative Tribunal (WBAT) is an independent body which hears and passes judgment on cases in which staff members of the Bank allege non-observance of their contracts of employment or terms of appointment.

Current members of the Administrative Tribunal include leading jurists and legal experts from around the world. Each member of the Administrative Tribunal shall be a person of high moral character and must possess the qualifications required for appointment to high judicial office or be jurisconsults of recognized competence in relevant fields such as employment relations, international civil service and international organization administration.

The Administrative Tribunal members are governed by the statute of the Tribunal and members elect the President of the Tribunal amongst themselves. There are seven members on the Administrative Tribunal, each of whom must have a different nationality.

The Judges are appointed for a term of five years and may be reappointed for one additional term of five years.

Duties and Accountabilities

The WBAT Member will take part in the adjudication of cases brought before the Tribunal by staff members of the Bank as the final step in their use of the Bank’s grievance procedures. The work will consist of preparing for, and attending, sessions of the Tribunal. The Member will be reimbursed for the time spent in such activities, as well as for the time spent in traveling to and from Tribunal sessions.

The primary responsibilities of the WBAT include reviewing pleadings and hearing and passing judgment upon any application by which a member of the staff of the Bank alleges non-observance of the staff member’s contract of employment or terms of appointment, or of any pertinent regulations and rules in force at the time of alleged non-observance, including the provisions of the Staff Retirement Plan. Persons with standing to bring claims include any current or former Bank staff member, any person who is entitled to claim upon a right of a staff member as a personal representative or by reason of the staff member's death, and any person designated or otherwise entitled to receive a payment under any provision of the Staff Retirement Plan.

Selection Criteria

We are seeking candidates with first rate ethical and professional qualities: unimpeachable probity, and first class professional experience in the legal profession and having expertise in matters relevant to the determination of cases under international administrative law.

  • Significant experience in labor law, administrative law, employment law, arbitration law or the law of international organization
  • Outstanding credentials in his or her individual field of expertise, demonstrated sound judgment and strong analytical skills
  • International renown and understanding of international and multi-cultural environments
  • Ability to write well and effectively in English, the official language of the Tribunal
  • Judicial temperament and objectivity
  • Availability to commit up to three months of work per year for the purposes of preparation and attendance at Tribunal sessions
  • Ability to work as a team with members having different origins and cultures: Such collegiality should not, however, preclude Tribunal members from filing dissenting and separate opinions, as is allowed by the Tribunal Statute


The following conditions are specific to this position:

  • Term of Appointment for a Tribunal member is 5 years, renewable for one additional term
  • Current and former staff (including consultants) of the Bank will not be considered for a position on the Administrative Tribunal
  • Following appointment to the Administrative Tribunal, there is no further eligibility for employment by the Bank
  • All candidates will be subject to a conflicts of interest check prior to appointment and may be required to disclose any circumstances which may give rise to reasonable doubts to their impartiality or independence

How to Apply

Interested parties should submit an application on the Bank careers website by September 30, 2023. Nominations and referrals may be sent to executive_search@worldbank.org

Useful information for applicants and potential applicants about the Tribunal and its procedures.

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Applications filed with the Tribunal must comply with the requirements of Rule 7 and Annex 1 of the Tribunal's Rules. Applicants may use the form below to complete and submit their applications.

Guide to Completing the Application Form
Application Form

1800 G Street, NW 
Mail Stop U 11-1101 
Washington, DC 20006 

TEL: (202) 458-0271 
FAX: (202) 522-3581 
EMAIL: Tribunal@worldbank.org

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