Communications Manager ǀ Legal Advisor: ICNL MENA Office ǀ Civic Freedom Legal Internship ǀ Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Communications Manager

We are seeking a communications professional who is passionate about civic freedoms.   The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) works to develop enabling legal frameworks for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation worldwide.  We are looking for a full-time Communications Manager based in our Washington, DC office.  The Communications Manager will oversee the external and internal communications of ICNL and be responsible for taking ICNL’s profile, influence, and impact to the next level.

Key Responsibilities:

  • “Upgrade” ICNL’s overall communications strategy;
  • Oversee ICNL’s website redesign and migration to a new platform;
  • Track and evaluate effectiveness of social media efforts and oversee social media strategy;
  • Introduce systems and tools to integrate and enhance organizational communications, including a CRM;
  • Introduce systems and tools to improve internal communications and learning across the organization;
  • Develop ICNL’s research products into user-friendly, easily accessible, interactive tools;
  • Oversee production of ICNL’s Annual Report and other publications;
  • Develop metrics for communications effectiveness;
  • Work with Senior Management on communications security policy, risk and crisis management planning.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of experience in a communications leadership position.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and creativity related to policy advocacy type work in human rights, civil society and international development.
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills; ability to craft simple and compelling narratives based on complex themes.
  • Experience in communications work with an international organization; demonstrated ability to get messages through to international audiences.
  • Demonstrated success in driving website and social media traffic.
  • Experience with website development and web content management.
  • Experience in developing internal communications and learning tools in multicultural settings.
  • Graphic design skills; major languages other than English; and familiarity with the legal environment for civil society are an advantage.
  • The candidate must also possess legal authorization to work in the United States.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter, CV and writing sample to, referencing “Communications Manager” in the subject line.  Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls please.   ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

Legal Advisor - ICNL, LLC MENA Office

Are you interested in promoting laws in favor of civil society around the world? 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 to primarily assist with our work in Morocco as well as other projects as assigned. The Legal Advisor will be based in ICNL LLC’s Amman, Jordan office. Extensive travel to Morocco 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.


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

Deadline for Applications is September 30, 2017. A cover letter and CV should be sent to Be sure to reference “Legal Advisor- MENA” in the subject line. Please include salary history for the last two years and contact information for three references. Only finalists will be contacted - no phone calls please. For more information about ICNL, please visit

Civic Freedom Legal Internship - Fall 2017, Washington D.C.

Protests are sweeping the nation.  Mainstream media is under attack.  Social justice organizations fear they may be next.  Are you interested in safeguarding civic freedom in the US?  If so, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a law student intern to assist with an initiative exploring the legal framework for protests, civic activism, and nonprofit organizations in the US.

ICNL has worked in 100 countries on the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression.  Learn more about ICNL at

By way of example and not limitation, duties may include:  monitoring legislation affecting protests and nonprofit organizations; compiling and disseminating information on the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression; working with ICNL staff on convenings; and researching US civic freedom issues.

Applicants should be enrolled in an accredited law school and must be willing to meet regularly with staff in ICNL’s Washington Office.  Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required.  The intern should have demonstrable interest in US civic freedom issues.  In addition, the intern should have the ability to take initiative and work as part of a team.

The intern is expected to work 10 – 15 hours per week.  This is a fall term internship, but we will also consider extending the internship into the spring semester for interested candidates.  The internship is unpaid. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Alexandra DeBlock at  Reference “Fall Intern 2017” in the subject line. Only finalists will be contacted – no telephone calls please. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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. 

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;

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 "Civil Society Law Intern" in the subject line. Only finalists will be contacted – no telephone calls please. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.