The European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) is currently seeking a Senior Legal Advisor to join its team in Budapest. ECNL is the leading European research and policy center promoting the strengthening of a supportive legal environment for civil society. Over the past 10 years, ECNL has demonstrated deep commitment to empower local partners to lead reforms, and has contributed to the development of over 6o laws and policies supporting civil society organizations (CSOs). ECNL is the European affiliate of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.
Main duties and responsibilities:
By joining ECNL, the senior legal advisor will become part of an international network of CSO lawyers working on issues such as: framework laws for CSOs; policies and laws for CSO sustainability; models for CSO-Government partnerships; participation and policy dialogue; and counter-terrorism initiatives affecting CSOs. The Senior Legal Advisor will engage in legislative processes affecting CSOs in the developing countries and will work closely with the Executive Director on initiatives at a European level. S/he will help build capacity of local partners, research frameworks and practices that support or impede CSO work, help develop advocacy strategies. S/he will also participate in ECNL’s work to promote CSO development effectiveness and will engage in initiatives at the EU and UN level affecting freedom of association and assembly. The position requires intensive travel.
Main tasks will include:
- Preparing comments and legal analysis of draft legislation;
- Conducting comparative research, national analysis, and similar legal and programmatic materials;
- Engaging with public officials and other key decision-makers on country and regional level;
- Assisting local partners in developing advocacy strategies;
- Designing and implementing regional and country programs;
- Representing ECNL at various meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences;
- Executing and managing contracts and sub-awards with local partners; overseeing their work and ensuring compliance with donor rules, regulations, and policies;
- Engaging with donors and assisting with program development activities, including proposal writing;
- Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
- Law degree from an accredited school;
- Clear understanding of the needs of civil society in Europe and its neighborhood, especially concerning the legal environment for their operation and impact;
- At least 7 years of professional experience, working in several countries and multicultural environments;
- At least 4 years of proven comparable work experience in the areas and responsibilities described above; candidates with identical work experience are preferred;
- Fluency in English (written and oral); knowledge of other European languages an asset;
- Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills;
- Proven experience in program design and project management;
- Familiarity with EU policies relating to civil society and EU funding requirements.
Compensation: Salary based on experience and qualifications. Please note that ECNL applies a strict conflict of interest policy.
Please submit, in English, a curriculum vitae, a cover letter and two unedited writing samples to ECNL at firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject Senior Legal Advisor. Please include contact details of two references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but should be submitted by February 24, 2014. Should you have questions please feel free to contact us. We thank all individuals for their interest in ECNL; however, only short-listed candidates will be notified. No phone calls, please.
ICNL facilitates and supports the development of civil society and the freedom of association. We provide technical assistance to help with the creation and improvement of laws and regulatory systems supporting civil society organizations (CSOs). Working with local partners, we have provided cutting-edge technical assistance to over 100 countries including all countries of the former Soviet Union.
The Project Editor will report to ICNL’s Legal Advisor for Eurasia in Washington, DC. The position will consist primarily of editing documents, most of which are produced by non-native English speakers. Large projects will include editing and formatting analyses and assessments of CSO-related legislation, programmatic reports, and updates to donors. The Project Editor will also be asked to assist with various other documents such as trip reports and correspondence with donors. The Project Editor will be required to communicate with the authors of the documents to be edited and other Eurasia team members in order to obtain clarifications.
Editing will include review and revision for accuracy and consistency of content, clarity, proper English usage, including style, grammar, spelling, punctuation, presentation, and consistent citation format.
The Project Editor will also be asked to contribute to the development of a writing guide for ICNL’s programs.
Applicants must have flexible schedules. On average, the Project Editor will receive between 20-40 hours of work per month. The position will guarantee at least 20 hours of work during each of the following reporting periods: January 1-30; April 1-30; July 1-30; and October 1-30. The Project Editor is required to be available during these times. There will also be other large editing projects that will occur throughout the year. Examples of such projects are included below and ICNL will inform the Project Editor in advance of these projects.
- Updating analysis of citizen participation law- 20 pages, February 2014
- CSO law textbook—190 pages
- Brochures on entrepreneurial income and on audits, approximately 50 pages total, April- June 2014
- Upcoming law on public councils – 15-20 pages; March – April 2014
- Upcoming law on charities – 20-20 pages; - April-May 2014
- Draft brochure on CSO inspection by state agencies – 15-20 pages; - June-July 2014
- Guide on Social Service Provision- 50 pages, June-Sept 2014
In addition, the Project Editor will be asked to be ‘on-call’ for an average of approximately 5 hours per week to assist with editing tasks as they arise.
Fluency in English and superior editing and writing skills are key requirements. The Project Editor must also demonstrate organizational skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines.
Familiarity with civil society and legal issues, knowledge of Russian, and of the Eurasia region is a plus.
Competitive hourly rates based on experience and qualifications.
How to Apply:
Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to Rebecca Ullman at email@example.com. Please note that writing samples should be solely the product of the applicant and should not have been reviewed or edited by others. Reference “Project Editor” in subject line. Only finalists will be contacted. No telephone calls please. Visit us at www.icnl.org. ICNL is an EOE.
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Deadline for application: February 28, 2014
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, LLC (ICNL) is seeking to hire a full-time Burmese Legal Advisor. The position will be based in Yangon, Myanmar. The position is made possible under the auspices of Rights for All: Supporting Civil Society Law Reform Advocacy Efforts in a Transitioning Burma, a program led by Freedom House and implemented in partnership with ICNL and the Local Resource Center (LRC).
The primary role of the Legal Advisor will be to provide assistance and support to civil society law reform programs implemented by ICNL in Myanmar under the auspices of Rights for All program. Illustrative duties include, but are not limited to, assisting with the following:
- Legal and policy research;
- Analyses of draft legislation in Myanmar for use by government officials, Members of Parliament, CSO representatives, and other interested parties;
- Development and implementation of training programs for CSOs, lawyers, and government officials on topics such as the legal framework for civil society, law-making processes, and advocacy strategies for issue-based groups.
- Representation of ICNL at national meetings, workshops and conferences;
- Travel within Myanmar and potentially to destinations outside of Myanmar; and
- Any other tasks assigned by ICNL.
The Legal Advisor will be responsible to ICNL's VP-Legal Affairs. The Legal Advisor will be housed within the office of the Local Resource Center (LRC) in Yangon and will coordinate with LRC staff to provide legal resources and guidance to CSOs interested in conducting legislative reform advocacy.
- Law degree. Masters in related field is a plus.
- 3-5 years experience as a lawyer or legal counselor in a law firm, government office, official institution, or an NGO.
- Knowledge of civil society law in Myanmar. Knowledge of civil society laws in other countries in the region is a plus.
- Self-starter, motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and able to prioritize multiple demands.
- Experience organizing and conducting trainings and workshops.
- Experience in conducting research.
- Strong inter-personal/communication skills and the ability to develop and cultivate new partnerships with both government and civil society stakeholders.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Knowledge of US Department of State, US Agency for International Development, and other funders (preferred but not required).
- The ability to manage basic finances, a bank account, monthly reporting;
- Willingness to undertake travel within the country and potentially within the region.
- Spoken and written fluency in English and Burmese is required.
The deadline for applications is February 28, 2014. A cover letter and CV should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to reference "Legal Advisor - Myanmar" in the subject line. Please include salary history for the last three years and contact information for three references.
Only finalists will be contacted - no phone calls please.
ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.
Learn more about ICNL and its programs at http://www.icnl.org.
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law ("ICNL") is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator based in Washington, DC to provide support in the implementation of a global program to promote and protect civil society. ICNL works with governments, civil society organizations, and the international community to develop the legal framework for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation in over 100 countries. Please see www.icnl.org for additional information on our work.
Under the direction of ICNL's Vice-President – Legal Affairs, the Program Coordinator will undertake the following duties:
- Coordinate the implementation of a multi-million dollar global project across the organization and among consortium partners;
- Assist in the design and coordinate implementation of systems and tools to enhance effectiveness in project management, monitoring and evaluation;
- Collect, organize and present project data for management use;
- Communicate with and mobilize various teams and partner organizations;
- Work with the finance team to monitor spending and coordinate budget planning;
- Coordinate preparation of and write donor reports;
- Assist in the organization of high-level international events;
- Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree;
- At least 3 years of professional experience in nonprofit projects;
- Familiarity with project management tools;
- Familiarity with budgeting, monitoring and evaluation;
- Superior administrative and organizational skills, and attention to detail;
- Excellent English writing and communication skills;
- Experience in working in multinational teams and complex projects preferred;
- Experience in event organizing an advantage;
- Knowledge about civil society, human rights, international development and related issues an advantage;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
The candidate must also possess legal authorization to work in the United States.
Competitive salary and excellent benefits, based on experience and qualifications.
To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and curriculum vitae to email@example.com. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until January 15, and early submission is encouraged.
Only finalists will be contacted - no phone calls please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.
Learn more about ICNL and its programs at www.icnl.org.
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks bright, energetic students with an interest in international affairs to serve as summer 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference “Summer Intern 2014” in the subject line. Only finalists will be contacted – no telephone calls please. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2014, but we encourage early applications, as decisions will be made on a rolling basis. ICNL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.