Call for Applications: Civil Society Law Evaluation Experts ǀ Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan) – Summer 2015 ǀ Audit Services

Call for Applications: Civil Society Law Evaluation Experts

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking applications from experts to conduct an evaluation of its Civic Space Initiative (CSI).  ICNL implements the CSI in partnership with ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the World Movement for Democracy. The CSI is a global program supported by the Government of Sweden that seeks to protect and expand civic space by fostering an enabling legal and regulatory environment for civil society organizations.

The CSI works at the international, regional, and national levels with diverse activities, such as support to UN Special Rapporteurs, engagement with regional human rights bodies, national level technical assistance, awareness-raising, and cutting-edge research. Since 2012, CSI programming has reached at least 87 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East/North Africa.

ICNL is seeking one or more qualified individuals to conduct the evaluation of the CSI. The evaluator(s) must have expesrtise and experience in conducting qualitative assessments and evaluations of multi-country projects relating to civil society legal issues. ICNL will accept both individual and team applications. Details of the program, specific requirements for applicants and expected tasks of the evaluator(s) are found in the Terms of Reference (TOR).

Time Frame
Evaluations must start by October 1 and be completed no later than December 21, 2015.  

How to Apply

Please submit applications with the subject line ‘Consultancy_CSI_Evaluation’ by email to David Moore, cc India Adams, no later than COB on September 16, 2015 (EDT).  Please include the following information:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) and three recent references;
  • Short description of proposed technical approach with an illustrative workplan;
  • Financial offer.

The evaluator(s) will be tasked with developing the detailed methodology for the evaluation in the inception phase. Therefore the proposed technical approach in this submission should be concise and reflect the overall understanding, principles and proposed strategy of the applicant in light of the TOR, and include an illustrative workplan to underpin the financial offer.
The financial offer shall be limited to expert fees; other costs, such as costs of international travel foreseen by the TOR, will be covered by ICNL separately.

For more information, please consult the TOR or contact India Adams,

Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan) – Summer 2015

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

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

Work schedule and duration
The internship begins approximately in July 2015 and runs through the last week of August 2015. 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;

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  Reference "Summer Intern 2015" in the subject line. Only finalists will be contacted – no telephone calls please. The deadline for applications is June 31, 2015.

Audit Services

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is requesting an audit and tax proposal from firms with experience in providing services to international not-for-profit organizations.  These services will be partially financed by United States federal government funds, primarily the U.S. Agency for International Development (“USAID”) and are subject to US government rules and regulations. 

ICNL History

ICNL, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1992, and works to promote an enabling legal environment for civil society, freedoms of association and assembly, and public participation around the world.  Enclosed is a copy of our latest Annual Report. Our headquarters office is in Washington DC, and we have offices in Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.  We have two affiliated organizations:  ICNL LLC, and European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL).    Total expenses for 2014 were just under $11million; ICNL is a recipient and subrecipient of US Federal awards.  ICNL is also a subcontractor on various contracts issued by USAID, totaling about $200,000 per year.  In addition to US federal funding, ICNL receives grants from several private foundations and corporations, and a substantial grant from Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).      ICNL’s fiscal year is January to December. 

Audit Timing

ICNL’ fiscal year ends 31 December.  We prefer to schedule audit fieldwork for early March (conducted in our Washington DC office), delivery of initial draft financial statements by March 31 and delivery of final draft report within two working days receipt of ICNL comments on initial draft.  We would also expect the timely filing of the IRS Forms 990, with initial draft due by April 30th.

Services to Be Performed

Your proposal is expected to cover the following services:

  • Meet with ICNL Vice President – Finance (Darla Mecham) and Controller (Marina Korsakova), prior to yearend, in preparation for audit;
  • Perform annual audit in accordance with GAAP, GAGAS, and audit requirements per 2 CFR 200;
  • Prepare management letter containing comments and recommendation with respect to accounting and administrative controls;
  • Presentation of results of the audit and the management letter at the Board’s Audit Committee meeting, typically scheduled for late April of each year;
  • Complete and sign Data Collection Form (Form SF-SAC);
  • Prepare IRS tax form 990;
  • Be available to answer audit and/or IRS 990 related questions throughout the entire year.

If you decide to submit a proposal, we will make available to you:

  • Current interim financial statements; and
  • Prior Year’s audited financial statements, and IRS 990.

ICNL Contact: 
Ms. Darla Mecham        
Vice President – Finance        202.684-2520

Your Response to This Request for Proposal

If responding to this request, we ask that your proposal include the following information:

  • Detail your firm’s experience in providing auditing and tax services to companies in the not-for-profit sector, particularly companies of a comparable size to ICNL, with a focus on past experience auditing organizations that operate international programs predominately funded by grants or cooperative agreements issued by the U.S. Federal government, either directly or via a pass-through agency.
  • Describe your timeline for planning, fieldwork and completion of the audit, including expected delivery of the financial statements. 
  • Discuss commitments you will make to staff continuity, including your staff turnover experience in the last three years.
  • Identify the partner, manager, and in-charge accountant who will be assigned to our job if you are successful in your bid, and provide biographies. Describe their industry experience, how many years they’ve worked with nonprofits, how many nonprofits they currently serve, and their familiarity with MIP Abila accounting software.  List their recent continuing education courses.  Indicate any complaints against them that have been leveled by the state board of accountancy or other regulatory authority, if any.  Indicate any corrective actions that have been taken by the firm with respect to these people.
  • Set forth your fee proposal for the 2015 audit and preparation of IRS Form 990, with whatever guarantees can be given regarding increases in future years.  Include how many hours, by level, are assumed in the proposed fee.    
  • Furnish standard billing rates for classes of professional personnel for each of the three last years. 
  • Provide references:  names and contact information for other, similarly sized clients of the partner and manager listed in your proposal.
  • Include a copy of your firm’s most recent peer review report, the related letter of comments, and the firm’s response to the letter of comments.

Evaluation of Proposals

ICNL will evaluate proposals on a qualitative basis. This includes our review of the firm’s completeness and timeliness in its response to ICNL; availability of staff with professional qualifications and technical abilities; and results of peer review report, of discussions with other clients, and of interviews with senior engagement personnel to be assigned to ICNL.

Please submit your response to this request for proposal by 31 August 2015.