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Civil Society Law Monitoring & Evaluation Experts

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a consultant with expertise in the monitoring and evaluation of policy advocacy projects to assist with the long-term monitoring of the freedoms of association, expression and assembly, as well as the general environment for civil society organizations in Cambodia. The Royal Government of Cambodia passed the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) in 2015. Since the LANGO’s enactment, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other community-based organizations have experienced increased harassment by governmental authorities. ICNL and its local partners in Cambodia have designed a Monitoring and Tracking Tool (MTT), which will be used to monitor the legal and regulatory framework for CSOs, NGOs, community-based organizations and other groups over twelve months.

This project is part of ICNL’s NGO Legal Enabling Environment Program (LEEP).  LEEP is a five year global program supported by USAID that seeks to help establish legal and regulatory frameworks to protect and promote civil society and civic participation. ICNL has been implementing LEEP since 2008 and has assisted a total of 36 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East/North Africa, by providing technical assistance, research fellowships, law monitoring, as well as local capacity building and awareness raising activities, among others. 

ICNL is seeking one qualified individual to assist with the finalization, preparation and commencement of the MTT. The individual must have expertise and experience in the following areas:

  • Experience in monitoring the implementation of governance and rights related laws and policies.
  • Experience in developing and supervising a monitoring program in the area of governance and democratic or political rights, especially in politically sensitive environments.
  • Proven ability to work under tight timeframes with minimal supervision.
  • Experience working with local partners in the ongoing monitoring of government policy or political rights.
  • Experience conducting trainings on monitoring policy and implementation.
  • Native or fluent English speaker with professional level proficiency in report writing.
  • Experience conducting qualitative assessments and evaluations of USAID or other donor projects relating to civil society legal issues is a plus.
  • Prior experience working in Cambodia and knowledge of Khmer is a plus.

Details of the program, specific requirements for applicants and expected tasks of the consultant are found in the attached Terms of Reference (TOR). 

Time Frame

Period of performance: 35 working days from approximately March 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017.  Applicants must be available to travel to and/or work in Cambodia for a period of approximately two weeks in March 2016.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until COB February 16, 2016. Shortlisted applicants will be notified on February 22, 2016 and interviews will be scheduled February 23-26, 2016.  The decision on the award is expected to be made on February 28, 2016. 

Supervision and Coordination

The consultant will be supervised by the supervisor for this project, Zach Lampell, Legal Advisor.

How to Apply

To apply for this consultancy, please submit the following documents by email to Zach Lampell – Legal Advisor zlampell@icnl.org and India Adams – Program Assistant iadams@icnl.org by COB on February 16, 2016:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • 1-Page Project Approach outline;
  • 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 Zach Lampell.

Internships in International Civil Society Law, Summer 2016

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks bright, energetic students with an interest in international affairs to serve as interns. 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. 

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 past intern assignments:

  1. ICNL convened a conference of Latin American law professors interested in civil society with the aim of promoting more and better university instruction in the laws governing civil society organizations. An ICNL intern assisted in all aspects of planning and carrying out the conference, from helping identify appropriate professors to facilitating working group sessions that compiled best international practices in teaching civil society law.
  2. Working with ICNL’s President, an intern co-authored a survey on NGO legislation throughout Central and Eastern Europe, which was then published and disseminated throughout Europe and Eurasia.
  3. An ICNL intern interested in Albania provided technical assistance to a working group comprised of an Albanian Supreme Court Justice, government officials and NGO leaders working on new NGO legislation. The intern’s advice was reflected in legislation enacted by the Albanian Parliament.

Other important tasks have included preparing a textbook on international civil society law, editing issues of the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, preparing comments on impending draft legislation, organizing a conference in Mexico for university professors and study tours for foreign experts, and supporting staff with several grant-writing initiatives.

Internships are available in the following programs:

  • Middle East and North Africa (proficiency in Arabic preferred)
  • Global

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.

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” in the subject line and please indicate whether you are interested in the MENA internship or the Global internship. 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.

Legal Advisor-Asia (Washington DC)

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a lawyer to serve as a Legal Advisor for ICNL’s programs and projects in Asia. This is a full-time position.

ICNL has worked in over 100 countries to strengthen the legal framework for civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy. Our partners include civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, law schools, and international bodies. Please see www.icnl.org for additional information.

Duties: The Legal Advisor will be based in ICNL’s office in Washington, D.C. The Legal Advisor must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Extensive travel is expected. Under the direction of ICNL’s Senior Management, the Legal Advisor will undertake the following duties:

  • Assisting in the implementation of ICNL projects in Asian countries;
  • Providing technical legal assistance, including written comments and analyses of draft legislation, for use by government officials, parliamentarians, CSOs, media representatives, and others;
  • Representing ICNL at meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences;
  • Designing and implementing project activities, including capacity-building and network building events with local partners;
  • Assisting with proposal writing and fundraising activities;
  • Writing and editing reports, briefing papers, and other program materials;
  • Preparing and managing contracts and sub-awards with local partners;
  • Overseeing work of partners and ensuring compliance with donor rules, regulations, and policies;
  • Undertaking funder-required reporting and other tasks; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with civil society, government and/or an international organization in one or more Asian countries;
  • Law degree from an accredited school and at least five years’ professional experience;
  • Fluency in English (proficiency in other relevant languages is an advantage);
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills;
  • Proven ability to engage constructively with governments and civil society/media networks;
  • Experience in program strategy and design as well as project management;
  • Willingness to travel extensively;
  • CSO experience, particularly in challenging political environments, is a distinct advantage;
  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs is an advantage.

Compensation: Competitive salary, 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 Advisor-Asia.” In your cover note, please also reference where you saw this posting. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but should be submitted on or before February 29, 2016.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please. 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 2015" in the subject line. Only finalists will be contacted – no telephone calls please. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.