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Senior Legal Advisor (ECNL - Budapest, Hungary) | Legal Advisor (Myanmar) | Internship (Washington, D.C.)

Senior Legal Advisor (ECNL - Budapest, Hungary)

The European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) is currently seeking a Senior Legal Advisor to join its team in Budapest. ECNL is the leading European research and policy center promoting the strengthening of a supportive legal environment for civil society. Over the past 10 years, ECNL has demonstrated deep commitment to empower local partners to lead reforms, and has contributed to the development of over 6o laws and policies supporting civil society organizations (CSOs). ECNL is the European affiliate of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.

Main duties and responsibilities:
By joining ECNL, the senior legal advisor will become part of an international network of CSO lawyers working on issues such as: framework laws for CSOs; policies and laws for CSO sustainability; models for CSO-Government partnerships; participation and policy dialogue; and counter-terrorism initiatives affecting CSOs. The Senior Legal Advisor will engage in legislative processes affecting CSOs in the developing countries and will work closely with the Executive Director on initiatives at a European level. S/he will help build capacity of local partners, research frameworks and practices that support or impede CSO work, help develop advocacy strategies. S/he will also participate in ECNL’s work to promote CSO development effectiveness and will engage in initiatives at the EU and UN level affecting freedom of association and assembly. The position requires intensive travel.

Main tasks will include:

  • Preparing comments and legal analysis of draft legislation;
  • Conducting comparative research, national analysis, and similar legal and programmatic materials;
  • Engaging with public officials and other key decision-makers on country and regional level;
  • Assisting local partners in developing advocacy strategies;
  • Designing and implementing regional and country programs;
  • Representing ECNL at various meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences;
  • Executing and managing contracts and sub-awards with local partners; overseeing their work and ensuring compliance with donor rules, regulations, and policies;
  • Engaging with donors and assisting with program development activities, including proposal writing;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Required qualifications:

  • Law degree from an accredited school;
  • Clear understanding of the needs of civil society in Europe and its neighborhood, especially concerning the legal environment for their operation and impact;
  • At least 7 years of professional experience, working in several countries and multicultural environments;
  • At least 4 years of proven comparable work experience in the areas and responsibilities described above; candidates with identical work experience are preferred;
  • Fluency in English (written and oral); knowledge of other European languages an asset;
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills;
  • Proven experience in program design and project management;
  • Familiarity with EU policies relating to civil society and EU funding requirements.

Compensation: Salary based on experience and qualifications. Please note that ECNL applies a strict conflict of interest policy.

To Apply:
Please submit, in English, a curriculum vitae, a cover letter and two unedited writing samples to ECNL at, with subject Senior Legal Advisor. Please include contact details of two references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but should be submitted by February 24, 2014. Should you have questions please feel free to contact us. We thank all individuals for their interest in ECNL; however, only short-listed candidates will be notified. No phone calls, please.


Legal Advisor (Myanmar)

Full-time position
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Deadline for application: February 28, 2014

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, LLC (ICNL) is seeking to hire a full-time Burmese Legal Advisor. The position will be based in Yangon, Myanmar.  The position is made possible under the auspices of Rights for All: Supporting Civil Society Law Reform Advocacy Efforts in a Transitioning Burma, a program led by Freedom House and implemented in partnership with ICNL and the Local Resource Center (LRC).

The primary role of the Legal Advisor will be to provide assistance and support to civil society law reform programs implemented by ICNL in Myanmar under the auspices of Rights for All program. Illustrative duties include, but are not limited to, assisting with the following:

  • Legal and policy research;
  • Analyses of draft legislation in Myanmar for use by government officials, Members of Parliament, CSO representatives, and other interested parties;
  • Development and implementation of training programs for CSOs, lawyers, and government officials on topics such as the legal framework for civil society, law-making processes, and advocacy strategies for issue-based groups.
  • Representation of ICNL at national meetings, workshops and conferences;
  • Travel within Myanmar and potentially to destinations outside of Myanmar; and
  • Any other tasks assigned by ICNL.

The Legal Advisor will be responsible to ICNL's VP-Legal Affairs.  The Legal Advisor will be housed within the office of the Local Resource Center (LRC) in Yangon and will coordinate with LRC staff to provide legal resources and guidance to CSOs interested in conducting legislative reform advocacy.


  • Law degree. Masters in related field is a plus.
  • 3-5 years experience as a lawyer or legal counselor in a law firm, government office, official institution, or an NGO.
  • Knowledge of civil society law in Myanmar. Knowledge of civil society laws in other countries in the region is a plus.
  • Self-starter, motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and able to prioritize multiple demands.
  • Experience organizing and conducting trainings and workshops.
  • Experience in conducting research.
  • Strong inter-personal/communication skills and the ability to develop and cultivate new partnerships with both government and civil society stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of US Department of State, US Agency for International Development, and other funders (preferred but not required).
  • The ability to manage basic finances, a bank account, monthly reporting;
  • Willingness to undertake travel within the country and potentially within the region.
  • Spoken and written fluency in English and Burmese is required.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2014.  A cover letter and CV should be sent to Be sure to reference "Legal Advisor - Myanmar" in the subject line. Please include salary history for the last three years and contact information for three references.

Only finalists will be contacted - no phone calls please.
ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

Learn more about ICNL and its programs at

Internships in International Civil Society Law – Summer 2014

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks bright, energetic students with an interest in international affairs to serve as summer interns. ICNL's internship offers a unique opportunity to be involved in the promotion of an enabling legal environment for civil society, freedom of association, and public participation around the world.

ICNL has worked on civil society law in over 100 countries, drawing upon a worldwide network of partners and experts. Working with ICNL’s program teams, interns are engaged in our cutting-edge research and technical assistance. ICNL endeavors to develop projects that reflect student interests and skills, and to assist with the student's career development.


Under the supervision of, and with training by ICNL’s senior staff lawyers, interns are fully engaged in a variety of hands-on legal tasks. Duties might include conducting comparative legal research, legal analysis, supporting ICNL’s partners, and other related tasks.
The following are illustrative examples of past intern assignments:

  1. ICNL convened a conference of Latin American law professors interested in civil society with the aim of promoting more and better university instruction in the laws governing civil society organizations. An ICNL intern assisted in all aspects of planning and carrying out the conference, from helping identify appropriate professors to facilitating working group sessions that compiled best international practices in teaching civil society law.
  2. Working with ICNL’s President, an intern co-authored a survey on NGO legislation throughout Central and Eastern Europe, which was then published and disseminated throughout Europe and Eurasia.
  3. An ICNL intern interested in Albania provided technical assistance to a working group comprised of an Albanian Supreme Court Justice, government officials and NGO leaders working on new NGO legislation. The intern’s advice was reflected in legislation enacted by the Albanian Parliament.

Other important tasks have included preparing a textbook on international civil society law, editing issues of the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, preparing comments on impending draft legislation, organizing a conference in Mexico for university professors and study tours for foreign experts, and supporting staff with several grant-writing initiatives.


Interns should be enrolled in or have a degree from an accredited law school. Good research, writing, and analytical skills are particularly important qualifications for this position. The intern should also have demonstrable individual initiative and ability to work as part of a team. The intern must be located in the Washington D.C. area.


Students work full time during the summer (approximately late May through August). Start and end dates are flexible. In the past, many students have obtained public interest fellowships or credit for their internships at ICNL.  If such support is unavailable, ICNL will offer a stipend to the intern.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to Reference “Summer Intern 2014” in the subject line. Only finalists will be contacted – no telephone calls please. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2014, but we encourage early applications, as decisions will be made on a rolling basis. ICNL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.