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RFP: Digital Security Project ǀ Civic Freedoms Research Associate ǀ Legal Advisor - Africa ǀ Legal Advisor - Global Programs ǀ  Program Assistant

 

RFP: Digital Security Project

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a qualified Digital Security Consultant to conduct a company-wide digital security audit, review ICNL’s existing security practices and protocols, draft and implement recommendations, and provide relevant security training to its staff.

To access the full Request for Proposals, click here.  

 

Civic Freedoms Research Associate

Do you believe in the importance of civic freedoms and want to support them by working with the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of association and assembly? The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is looking for an experienced and highly motivated researcher to help us do just that. 

ICNL promotes the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression and supports civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy in countries around the world. 

The Research Associate is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. As a member of ICNL’s Global Programs team, the Research Associate will lead research efforts that contribute to the work of the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on association and assembly and other UNSRs on civic freedom related topics. The job is best suited to someone creative and flexible, who is comfortable with multi-tasking and able to manage large amounts of information with great attention to detail. Travel will be required.

Under the direction of ICNL’s VP-Legal Affairs, the Research Associate will:

  • Provide research support for UNSRs on the priority themes of their mandates relating to civic freedoms and civil society;

  • Investigate cutting-edge issues related to civil society, such as the tactics and equipment used by law enforcement to police assemblies, the exercise of the freedoms of association and assembly in the digital space, and the importance of civic freedoms in the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals;

  • Monitor emerging global and regional trends on the use of constitutional provisions, legislation, and administrative policies and practices to restrict civic space;

  • Assist in organizing consultations and expert meetings to inform the thematic research of UNSRs;

  • Accompany UNSRs and/or ICNL staff to official UN sessions, to international conferences, and on country missions.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Relevant degree from an accredited university (law degree preferred);

  • At least four years of relevant research experience preferred;

  • Excellent research, writing, and presentation skills;

  • Good knowledge of UN human rights mechanisms, preferably including knowledge or experience of standards and mandates relevant to special procedures;

  • Fluency in English is required (French proficiency is an advantage);

  • Experience working with civil society, government, or an international organization is an advantage.

The Research Associate must possess legal authorization to work in the US.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter, a CV, and a writing sample (preferably a published work) to jobs@icnl.org. The subject line should state “Civic Freedoms Research Associate.” Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Legal Advisor - Africa

Do you want to protect fundamental freedoms in Sub-Saharan Africa?  The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is looking for a creative, enterprising, and highly motivated lawyer to help us do just that.  

ICNL promotes the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression and supports civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy in countries around the world.  

The Legal Advisor is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. Extensive travel is expected. As a member of ICNL’s Africa team, the Legal Advisor will help strengthen international and regional norms protecting civic space and support the work of civil society partners to defend the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.  The job will be dynamic, fast-paced, and best suited to someone creative, flexible, and comfortable with multi-tasking.  

Under the direction of ICNL’s Vice President - Programs, the Legal Advisor will:

  • Collaborate with leading African human rights activists to defend the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly;

  • Represent ICNL in meetings with governments, donors, and partners throughout Africa;

  • Help develop the cutting-edge knowledge and analysis that allows ICNL and our partners to stay ahead of rapidly developing civic space issues;

  • Prepare analyses of draft legislation for use by government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, and the media;

  • Help strengthen coalitions of likeminded government allies, civil society organizations, movements, and individuals critical to achieving ICNL’s mission; and

  • Design trainings and initiatives to strengthen knowledge of laws affecting civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Law degree from an accredited school;

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in international policy, human rights, or development;

  • Demonstrated knowledge of civic space issues on the African continent;

  • Fluency in English (proficiency in French 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.

  • Civil society experience, particularly in challenging political environments, is an advantage;

  • The Legal Advisor must possess legal authorization to work in the US.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Please send a cover letter and a CV to jobs@icnl.org.  The subject line should state “Legal Advisor:  Africa.”  Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls please.   ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Legal Advisor - Global Programs

Do you want to protect fundamental freedoms around the world?  The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is looking for a creative, enterprising, and highly motivated lawyer to help us do just that. 

ICNL promotes the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression and supports civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy in countries around the world. 

The Legal Advisor is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office, with significant travel.  As a member of ICNL’s Global Programs team, the Legal Advisor will help strengthen international norms protecting civic space and support their implementation at the national level.  The job will be dynamic, fast-paced, and best suited to someone creative, flexible, and comfortable with multi-tasking. 

Under the direction of ICNL’s VP-Legal Affairs, the Legal Advisor will:

  • Collaborate with diplomats, donors, and some of the world’s leading human rights activists;

  • Represent ICNL at the United Nations and in meetings with governments and partner organizations in New York, Geneva, and around the world;

  • Help develop the cutting-edge knowledge and analysis that allows ICNL and our partners to stay ahead of rapidly developing civic space issues; and

  • Help strengthen coalitions of likeminded government allies, civil society organizations, movements, and individuals critical to achieving ICNL’s mission.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Law degree from an accredited school;

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in international policy, human rights, or development; knowledge of multilateral institutions preferred;

  • Experience and knowledge related to civic space or civil society law;

  • Superb written and oral communications skills;

  • Experience designing and implementing program strategies;

  • Experience with program and budget management;

  • Comfort working both independently and as a member of a team;

  • Fluency in English required; fluency in other languages is an advantage;

  • The Legal Advisor must possess legal authorization to work in the US.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Please send a cover letter and a CV to jobs@icnl.org.  The subject line should state “Legal Advisor:  Global Programs.”  Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls please.   ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Program Assistant

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is looking for a colleague to support civic space programs around the world.  ICNL works with governments, civil society organizations, and the international community to develop enabling legal frameworks for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation in over 100 countries. 

The Program Assistant is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. Working under the direction of ICNL’s Vice-President – Programs, the Program Assistant will provide administrative assistance in the implementation of the Africa, Latin America, and Middle East/North Africa programs and projects. Illustrative responsibilities include:

  • Support regional teams in design and management of country and thematic projects, including management of local partner grant projects, monitoring of project budgets, and processing program and financial reports;

  • Assist regional teams with monitoring and evaluation of projects by developing M&E plans and maintaining M&E data;

  • Identify new opportunities for program development and help prepare funding proposals;

  • Assist in the planning and preparation of national-level meetings and events; and

  • Conduct research and media monitoring on topics relating to civil society and civic space.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree;

  • At least 2 years of professional experience in nonprofit projects;

  • Familiarity with grant management;

  • Experience with budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation;

  • Superior administrative and organizational skills, and attention to detail;

  • Excellent English writing and communication skills;

  • Excellent research skills;

  • Experience in event organizing an advantage;

  • Familiarity with US Government grant rules and regulations an advantage;

  • Experience with Latin America, Africa, and/or the Middle East/North Africa an advantage;

  • Knowledge about civil society, human rights, international development and related issues an advantage;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required; and

  • 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 and a CV to jobs@icnl.org.   The subject line should state “Program Assistant.”  Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls please.   ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.