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Lead Coordinator-Civic Freedom Partnerships ǀ Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Lead Coordinator - Civic Freedom Partnerships

We are looking for a leader seeking to make a difference for civil society and civic freedom around the world.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) helps safeguard the freedoms of association, expression and assembly.  Over the years, we have developed a global network of individuals who share a passion for civic freedom.  ICNL is now seeking a creative and experienced leader to spearhead the development of the next level of support to this global network.

The Lead Coordinator - Civic Freedom Partnerships will have the unique opportunity to enable the change-makers of civil society to defend and reclaim civic space around the world.  In leading the realization of this inspiring initiative, the Lead Coordinator will engage with colleagues in civil society, government, multilateral organizations, and the corporate sector.  She or he will drive the growth of an innovative learning community of defenders of civic freedom and an unparalleled knowledge platform to support it.  The position will be based in Washington, DC.

Responsibilities and tasks will include, among others:

  • Developing an organization-wide strategy for partner-engagement and network building, in coordination with ICNL’s worldwide staff and key local partners.
  • Designing knowledge platforms and communication tools for network members.
  • Facilitating communities of practice in defense of civic freedom.
  • Driving knowledge management and content development across the network. 
  • Developing policies and protocols on membership, digital security, and other areas necessary to successfully implement the strategic vision.
  • Planning and organizing virtual and in-person meetings for network members; participating in international meetings on behalf of ICNL.
  • Managing the program budget; working with ICNL’s Management and local partners to mobilize resources for the network.

The Lead Coordinator will demonstrate:

  • Strategic and creative thinking;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; the ability to engage with and motivate people from different sectors and backgrounds;
  • Leadership and management skills; experience in designing and managing complex projects in an international organization and cross-cultural settings;
  • An understanding of knowledge management and the challenges involved in developing communities of practice;
  • Superb written and oral communications skills; an understanding of what’s involved in successful communications and outreach, network building and membership engagement.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Experience in building and managing a community of practice or comparable network related to civil society, development or a similar field.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience working in international development or with civil society internationally.
  • At least 3 years of leadership/management experience.
  • Experience in developing a communications/outreach strategy for an international organization, or developing a global communications platform is an advantage.
  • Experience in knowledge management systems is an advantage.
  • Work experience and knowledge related to the closing civic space or civil society law is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in other languages is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred.
  • The Lead Coordinator must be legally eligible to work in the United States.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and early submissions are encouraged.  Please send a cover letter and a CV to jobs@icnl.org.  The subject line should indicate “Lead Coordinator - Civic Freedom Partnerships." Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

The Central Asia Regional Office of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a part-time, unpaid intern. 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. 

Location
The ICNL Central Asia Regional Office is located in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Work schedule and duration
Start and end dates are flexible, but a 2 month minimum commitment is preferred. The intern is expected to work an average of 20 hours per week with occasional evening and/or weekend hours.

Primary duties and responsibilities
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 assignments:

  • Assist ICNL with legal reform efforts in Kazakhstan;
  • Conduct research, analysis and recommendations on how to improve enacted or draft legislation relating to NGOs;
  • Monitor and gather information on an ongoing basis regarding developments of legislation or draft legislation which affect the NGO sector;
  • Assist in organizing roundtables, seminars, and conferences in accordance with ICNL's suggestions and available funding;
  • Assist in the development of ICNL publications (including grammar editing and proof reading assistance);
  • Support the addition of content related to the project to the ICNL website;

Qualifications
1. Enrollment in an accredited law school with strong academic record
2. Interest in working for a nonprofit organization and in CSO Law;
3. Good research, writing, and analytical skills;
4. Organized and able to work both independently and as part of a team;
5. Excellent communication skills;
6. Superior abilities in English;
7. Ability to use MS Office programs.

How to apply
To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to carlawyer@icnl.org.kz.  Reference "Civil Society Law Intern" in the subject line. Only finalists will be contacted – no telephone calls please. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.