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Chief of Party for a Central Asia Program (Almaty, Kazakhstan) ǀ Internships in International Civil Society Law-MENA Region, Summer 2016 (Washington DC) ǀ Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

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, Summer 2016

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks a bright, energetic student with an interest in international affairs to serve as a summer 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 full time during the summer (approximately late May through August). 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 “Summer 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.