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Legal Advisor - Global Programs ǀ Legal Associate ǀ Legal Advisor - MENA ǀ  Program Assistant

 

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.

 

Legal Associate

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

In over 100 countries, ICNL promotes civic freedom, specifically the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly.  Our work supports civil society, civic participation, and global philanthropy. 

The Legal Associate is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. The Legal Associate will help manage ICNL’s research projects and help implement programs around the world. The job is dynamic, fast-paced, and best suited to someone creative, flexible, and comfortable with multi-tasking. Occasional travel may be required.

Illustrative duties include: 

  • Researching cutting-edge legal issues, such as the legal framework for “fake news” and disinformation, the impact of counter-terrorism measures on civic freedom, and ways that artificial intelligence will affect the future of civil society;

  • Preparing country reports to help foundations engage in global philanthropy;

  • Supporting the work of civil society advocates to defend the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly around the world;  

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

  • Assisting with program development; and

  • Preparing analyses of draft legislation for use by government officials, parliamentarians, CSOs, and the media.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Law degree from an accredited school;

  • At least two years of professional legal experience preferred;

  • Excellent research, writing, and presentation skills;

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

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

  • Basic knowledge of artificial intelligence systems or computer programming is an advantage; and

  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs is an advantage.

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

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

 

Legal Advisor - MENA

Are you interested in promoting laws in favor of civil society around the world? The Middle East/North Africa (MENA) regional office of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, LLC is seeking a qualified attorney to serve as a full-time Legal Advisor/Legal Associate to assist with our work in the MENA region. The Legal Advisor will be based in ICNL LLC’s Amman, Jordan office. Extensive travel is expected.

Duties

Under the supervision of the Executive Director of Middle East/North Africa regional office of ICNL LLC, the Legal Advisor will undertake the following tasks:

  • Providing technical assistance, including analyses of draft legislation related to freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and public participation mechanisms;

  • Designing and implementing training workshops and other capacity-building activities for government officials and civil society leaders;

  • Administering and overseeing subgrants and contracts to partner organizations and consultants across the region;

  • Writing and editing reports, briefing papers, and other legal and policy materials;

  • Representing ICNL LLC at regional meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences;

  • Drafting funder-required quarterly activity and financial reports;

  • Proposal writing and fundraising activities; and

  • Other duties and travel as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Law degree from an accredited school, together with at least three years of professional legal experience.

  • Spoken and written fluency in Arabic and English; professional proficiency in French is highly preferred.

  • Willingness to travel extensively.

  • Excellent legal research, analysis, writing, and presentation skills.

  • Experience organizing and conducting trainings and workshops.

  • Experience with project strategy, design, and management preferred.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Experience working with civil society, government, or an international organization in the Middle East/North Africa is preferred. 

 A cover letter and CV should be sent to mena@icnlalliance.org. Be sure to reference “Legal Advisor- MENA” in the subject line. Please include salary history for the last two years and contact information for three references. Only finalists will be contacted - no phone calls please. For more information about ICNL, please visit www.icnl.org.

 

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.