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Legal Advisor ǀ Legal Advisor - Africa ǀ Legal Advisor - Global Programs

 

Legal Advisor

Do you want to protect fundamental freedoms around the world?  The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is looking for two creative, enterprising, and highly motivated lawyers 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 Advisors will hold full-time positions based in our Washington, DC office, with significant travel.  The Legal Advisors will help strengthen international norms protecting civic space and support their implementation at the national level.  These positions entail significant responsibility for managing major ICNL programs. The jobs will be dynamic, fast-paced, and best suited to someone creative, flexible, and comfortable with multi-tasking.  

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

  • Collaborate with diplomats, donors, and some of the world’s leading human rights activists to defend the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly;

  • 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;

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

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

  • Assist in managing one or more of ICNL’s major programs by liaising with funders, developing program strategies, and implementing program activities.

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.”  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.