Program Assistant ǀ French Translator ǀ Legal Advisor - Asia ǀ Financial Officer - Amman ǀ Legal Advisor/Legal Associate - MENA ǀ Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

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.


  • 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   The subject line should state “Program Assistant.”  Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls please.   ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

French Translator

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking individuals or translation firms to do French-English and English-French translation.

ICNL works to achieve legal environments that strengthen civil society, advance the freedoms of association and assembly, foster philanthropy, and enable public participation around the world.

The translator will be responsible for translating 12 country reports for the Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI), USAID's premier instrument for tracking the development of CSO sectors around the world. These twelve reports will be written by local partners in French. Each report is expected to be between 8 and 10 pages long. It is expected that there will be four rounds of translation for each report: twice from French to English and twice from English to French. The first round of translation (from French to English) is expected to take place in May, with the final round of translation (from English to French) taking place around September.

Excellent translation skills, organizational skills, and the ability to work under tight deadlines required. ICNL is willing to consider applications for just French-English or English-French translation, but preference will be given to applicants that can effectively do both. Familiarity with civil society development issues and terminology is preferred.

How to Apply:
Please submit cost proposal and a letter detailing qualifications, as well as three professional references, to Reference “French Translator” in subject line. Only finalists will be contacted. No telephone calls please. Visit us at  ICNL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The deadline for applications is April 25, 2018.

Legal Advisor - Asia

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a Legal Advisor for its Asia program.  The Legal Advisor will help develop laws supporting civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy in Asia.  ICNL has worked in over 100 countries, including 15 countries in Asia. Our partners include civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, law schools, and international organizations.

The Legal Advisor will be based in ICNL’s office in Washington, D.C.  This is a full-time position.  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, illustrative activities include:

  • Designing and implementing activities to improve the laws for civil society in Asia;

  • Providing technical legal assistance to government officials, parliamentarians, and civil society;

  • Researching civil society legal issues;

  • Assisting with budget and contract management, program development, and donor requirements;

  • Representing ICNL at meetings and conferences; and

  • Working with local partners throughout Asia.


  • Law degree from an accredited school and approximately 3-7 years of post-law school professional experience;

  • Experience with CSOs and/or governments in Asia (experience in more than one sub-region within Asia 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;

  • Fluency in English;

  • Experience in program development/grant writing is an advantage;

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

  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs is an advantage.

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample to In the subject line of your e-mail, please indicate “Legal Advisor-Asia.” In your cover note, please reference where you saw this posting. Applications should be submitted by April 5, 2018 and will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

Financial Officer - Amman, Jordan

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, LLC –MENA Office based in Amman-Jordan (ICNL LLC-MENA) is seeking to employ a Full-Time Financial Officer in Amman, Jordan as follows:


  • Maintain ICNL LLC Jordan accounting system and financial records;

  • Ensure that expenditures are in accordance with:

  • Jordanian accounting standards and financial regulations,

  • ICNL LLC policies, and

  • US laws and regulations.

  • Supervise timely payment of all invoices;

  • Administer payroll accounts and calculate taxes on payroll;

  • Prepare and file local taxes in compliance with Jordanian laws;

  • Maintain ICNL LLC bank accounts in Jordan;

  • Track petty cash flow;

  • Prepare monthly finance reports for review by ICNL LLC Washington DC office, and other reports as requested;

  • Assist in developing project forecasts and budgets for proposals as requested;

  • Review financial reports submitted by ICNL LLC-MENA sub-grantees and partners;

  • Review travel forms and advance requests prepared by staff;

  • Assist in managing contract of services, procurement of goods, bidding, and selection.

  • Coordinate with auditors in preparing financial report for ICNL LLC Jordan every year.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree in accounting, finance, or a related field;

  • 2-5 years previous experience in accounting;

  • Computer proficiency;

  • Knowledge of Jordanian accounting standards;

  • Fluent Arabic and English language skills; and

  • Knowledge of the QuickBooks accounting software.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrable analytical and problem solving skills with strong attention to detail;

  • Knowledge of US government funding rules and regulations.

Deadline for Applications is March 31, 2018. A cover letter and CV should be sent to Be sure to reference “Financial Officer- Jordan” in the subject line. Please include salary history for the last two years (if any) and contact information for three references.

Only finalists will be contacted - no phone calls please. For more information about ICNL, please visit

Legal Advisor/Legal Associate - 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.

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.


  • 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.

Deadline for Applications is March 31, 2018. A cover letter and CV should be sent to 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

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. 

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;

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  Reference "Civil Society Law Intern" in the subject line. Only finalists will be contacted – no telephone calls please. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.