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Program Manager ǀ Lead Coordinator-Civic Freedom Partnerships ǀ Legal Associate - MENA (Amman, Jordan) ǀ Administrative Officer - Jordan(Amman, Jordan) ǀ Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Program Manager

Do you want to protect civic freedom around the world?  The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is looking for a Program Manager to assist with various global programs that seek to safeguard the freedoms of association, expression and assembly. Global programs include the Civic Space Initiative, the NGO Legal Enabling Environment Program (LEEP), the NGO Embattled Defense Fund (“Lifeline”), and the Civic Freedom Monitor, among others.

Under the direction of ICNL’s Vice President - Legal Affairs and based in our Washington, DC office, the Program Manager will:  

  • Provide mid-level managerial assistance to ICNL’s VP-Legal Affairs and work closely with ICNL’s regional teams and other staff in ensuring the smooth implementation of various global programs affecting civic space;
  • Work with ICNL’s VP-Legal Affairs and regional teams to compile and assess information relating to work plans and budgets, and to make substantive assessments and recommendations for the various regions and components of the program, based on ICNL’s overall strategic goals;
  • Engage in review and editing of research and knowledge products for ICNL’s programs, including the Civic Freedom Monitor;
  • Manage ICNL’s fellowship program;
  • Work with ICNL’s VP-Legal Affairs to help ensure strategic alignment among ICNL’s various global programs;
  • Facilitate communication between ICNL and other international organizations engaged in civic space issues;
  • Assist with external communication including ICNL’s website and social media, and boost visibility of ICNL’s global programs and achievements;
  • Engage in research and data analysis relating to civic space issues;
  • Assist with program implementation, as needed;
  • Assist with budget management, M&E tracking, and reporting on ICNL’s global programs; and
  • Engage in other ICNL programs in coordination with ICNL’s Senior Management.

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience working in international development or with civil society internationally.
  • Experience in designing and managing projects in an international organization and cross-cultural settings; demonstrated impact in a multi-year regional or global program.
  • Experience and knowledge related to civic space or civil society law.
  • Superb written and oral communications skills; experience in writing reports, conducting research, and editing information materials.
  • Experience with a team to track program delivery, including through M&E tracking.
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in other languages is a plus.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field; law degree preferred.
  • The Program Manager 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 “Program Manager".  Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls, please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

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.

Legal Associate - MENA (Amman, Jordan)

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 Associate to primarily assist with our work in Morocco as well as other projects as assigned. The Legal Associate 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 Associate will undertake the following tasks:

  • 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;
  • Representing ICNL LLC at regional meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences;
  • Providing technical assistance, including analyses of draft legislation related to freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and public participation mechanisms;
  • Writing and editing reports, briefing papers, and other legal and policy materials;
  • Other duties and travel as assigned.

Qualifications:

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

Deadline for Applications is March 16, 2017. A cover letter and CV should be sent to mena@icnlalliance.org. Be sure to reference “Legal Associate- 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.

Administrative Officer - Jordan (Amman, Jordan)

Are you interested in assisting us in promoting laws that support civil society in the world? The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, LLC MENA Office (ICNL LLC MENA), based in Amman, Jordan is seeking to employ a full time administrative officer in Amman, Jordan as follows:

Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to ICNL LLC staff based in Amman and around the world to ensure prompt and professional work product;
  • Serve as human resources contact, recruiting for program and office positions;
  • Organize and maintain files, and contact lists;
  • Assist in implementing projects of ICNL LLC- MENA Office;
  • Assist in preparing for local and regional conferences and workshops;
  • Coordinate with vendors and service providers;
  • Provide assistance to Financial Officer;
  • Answer phone calls and emails and serve as public point of contact;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree in business administration, or a related field;
  • 2 – 5 years previous experience in office management/ project assistance;
  • Computer and internet proficiency;
  • Fluent (native-level) Arabic and English language skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrable analytical and problem solving skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Solid organizational skills with a proven ability to multitask and handle multiple assignments simultaneously; and
  • Knowledge of US government funding rules and regulations.

Deadline for Applications is March 13, 2017. A cover letter and CV should be sent to mena@icnlalliance.org. Be sure to reference "Administrative Officer-Jordan" 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

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.