Jobs

Legal Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa (Amman, Jordan) ǀ Legal and Policy Consultant (Kathmandu, Nepal) ǀ Chief of Party for a Central Asia Program (Almaty, Kazakhstan) ǀ Internships in International Civil Society Law-MENA Region 2016 (Washington DC) ǀ Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Legal Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East/North Africa regional office of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, LLC is seeking a qualified attorney to serve as a full-time Legal Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa.

Duties
The Legal Advisor will be based in ICNL LLC’s Amman, Jordan office. Extensive travel is expected.
Under the supervision of the Executive Director of Middle East/North Africa regional office of ICNL LLC, the Legal Advisor will undertake the following tasks:

  • Providing technical assistance, including analyses of draft legislation related to freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and public participation mechanisms;
  • Designing and implementing training workshops and other capacity-building activities for government officials and civil society leaders;
  • Administering and overseeing subgrants and contracts to partner organizations and consultants across the region;
  • Writing and editing reports, briefing papers, and other legal and policy materials;
  • Representing ICNL LLC at regional meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences;
  • Drafting funder-required quarterly activity and financial reports;
  • Proposal writing and fundraising activities; and
  • Other duties and travel as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Law degree from an accredited school, together with at least five years of professional legal experience.
    Experience working with civil society, government, or an international organization in the Middle East/North Africa is preferred.  
  • Spoken and written fluency in Arabic; professional proficiency in English and French highly preferred.
  • Excellent  legal research, analysis, writing, and  presentation skills.
  • Experience organizing and conducting trainings and workshops.
  • Experience with project strategy, design, and management preferred.
  • Willingness to travel extensively.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Deadline for Applications is August 18, 2016. A cover letter and CV should be sent to mena@icnlalliance.org. Be sure to reference “Legal Advisor- MENA” in the subject line. Please include salary history for the last two years (if any) and contact information for three references. Only finalists will be contacted - no phone calls please. For more information about ICNL, please visit www.icnl.org

Legal and Policy Consultant

Location:                                            Kathmandu, Nepal
Level of Effort:                                 40 hours per week
Proposed Period of Consultancy:    August – December 2016 (with the possibility of continued engagement)

Duties: The Legal and Policy Consultant will support ICNL’s work during the first phase of the USAID Civil Society: Mutual Accountability Project (CS:MAP), a 5-year project to strengthen the enabling environment for Nepalese civil society and media. The Legal and Policy Consultant will co-locate with the rest of the CS:MAP team in FHI 360’s Kathmandu office. ICNL is an international organization that seeks to promote an enabling legal environment for civil society and public participation throughout the world (www.icnl.org).

Under the direction of ICNL’s Vice-President – Legal Affairs, the scope of work for this consultancy includes:

  • Conduct legal and policy research on legal framework relating to civil society and the media in Nepal;
  • Collect and synthesize existing documents, laws, regulations, etc. governing civil society and media;
  • Identify and interview 20-30 Government of Nepal, media, and civil society representatives on the legal framework and impediments to operations for Nepali civil society and media;
  • Organize a two-day, multi-stakeholder conference in Kathmandu;
  • Conduct research regarding ICNL registration in Nepal, including all legal and tax regulations, procedures and processes, and, if necessary, lead ICNL’s registration application and process;
  • Represent the interests of ICNL and CS:MAP at meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences with MPs, state bodies, and CSOs;
  • Travel within Nepal to carry out activities under this scope of work;
  • Monitor and report on developments in the political situation and in law and policy affecting civil society and the media sector in Nepal;
  • Communicate routinely and as needed with ICNL, prepare and submit reports to ICNL as requested, and communicate with the FHI360 as agreed between ICNL and FHI360.
  • Assist with project management and carry out any other tasks assigned by ICNL.

Before undertaking activities under this consultancy, the Legal and Policy Consultant will ensure that both the consultancy and program activities are undertaken in a manner compliant with Nepali law.

Qualifications:

  • Law degree from a Nepali school and at least five years’ professional experience.
  • Experience working with Nepalese civil society is required.
  • Fluency in Nepali and English is required.
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Experience working with international human rights law is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of civil society and media laws is desired.
  • Experience working with the Nepalese government or an international organization is an advantage.
  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs is an advantage.
  • Understanding of gender equality and social inclusion issues is an asset.

Women, Dalits, Madhesis, Janajatis, Muslims, and individuals from other marginalized groups are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: Competitive pay, based on experience and qualifications.

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample to iadams@icnl.org. In the subject line of your e-mail, please indicate “Legal and Policy Consultant, Nepal.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but should be submitted on or before July 31, 2016. 

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Chief of Party for a Central Asia Program (temporary position)

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and its affiliates (ICNL) work worldwide to strengthen the legal framework for civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy.  Our partners include civil society organizations, governments, and international bodies. Please visit our website at www.icnl.org. ICNL is seeking a full-time Chief of Party for a Central Asia Program to manage ICNL’s donor-funded program in Central Asia.  This is a temporary position for up to 6 months.   The position is based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  Key responsibilities include—

  • Primary responsibility for day-to-day management of ICNL’s programs and relationships with funders.  These programs provide technical assistance and training on CSO law-related issues to government officials, Members of Parliament, CSO representatives, and other interested parties in all five Central Asian countries.
  • Supervise ICNL staff in four offices (Almaty, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Ashgabat) and local partners operating under contracts with ICNL, within the Power of Authority, granted by ICNL. 
  • Ensure fulfillment of program objectives and compliance with ICNL policies and donor requirements.
  • Develop and oversee study tours, conferences and trainings conducted by ICNL staff.
  • Oversee preparation of comment letters and recommendations for improvement of legislation.
  • Provide periodic reports on program activities to funders and to ICNL management.
  • Represent ICNL at regional meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences.
  • Oversee production of research papers and other publications.
  • Edit work product by non-native English speakers.
  • Assist with program development, including communicating with potential donors and negotiating agreement terms.
  • Frequent travel is required throughout Central Asia to meet with ICNL staff, donors and local partners.

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of management experience, including experience managing USAID-funded programs; a law degree is highly desirable.
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and presentation skills;
  • Excellent managerial skills, including ability to create, manage and analyze budgets, develop and implement program activities and supervise and train local staff;
  • Experience working with civil society organizations, particularly in challenging political environments; experience of working in the Central Asian region is desirable;
  • Excellent diplomatic and negotiation skills; prior experience working with mid- to senior-level government officials is desirable;
  • Fluency in English and Russian;
  • Ability to travel extensively and to work independently.

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV to cop.icnl.applications2016@gmail.com.The deadline for applications is March 25, 2016.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

Internships in International Civil Society Law-MENA Region 2016

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks a bright, energetic student with an interest in international affairs to serve as an intern and work with our Middle East & North Africa (MENA) team. 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.

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. 

Learn more about ICNL and its programs at http://www.icnl.org.

Duties
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 possible intern assignments with the MENA team:

  1. MENA regional research, focusing on the practical restrictions of rights of civil society, as well as how to develop sustainable sources of funding for civil society.
  2. A literature review, including preparation of  basic summaries of the relevant legal frameworks in project countries (such as Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia), and then the incorporation of this information into the crowd-sourcing website or written reports, as needed
  3. Translations of Arabic regulations or draft laws and preliminary analysis.

Qualifications
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. Proficiency in Arabic preferred.

Terms
Students work part-time. 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 cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to iadams@icnl.org. Reference “Intern 2016-MENA” in the subject line. Only finalists will be contacted – no telephone calls please. Please submit your application as soon as possible as decisions will be made on a rolling basis. 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.