Research Consultancy to Support the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Are you interested in promoting the freedoms of association and peaceful assembly around the world? The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is soliciting applications for a year-long, part-time research consultant to support the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association (“UN Special Rapporteur”).

ICNL promotes the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression and supports civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy in countries around the world. Our partners include civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, law schools, and international bodies. Please see for additional information.

Consultant Duties:

Under the direction of ICNL’s VP-Legal Affairs, illustrative activities of the Research Consultant include:

  • Providing research support for the UN Special Rapporteur on the priority themes and engagements of his mandate;

  • Assisting the UN Special Rapporteur in writing thematic and country reports and other documents in support of the mandate;

  • Monitoring developments relating to the freedom of assembly and association;

  • Assisting in organizing consultations and expert meetings to inform the thematic research of the UN Special Rapporteur;

  • Assisting the UN Special Rapporteur to increase engagement in the countries of Francophone Africa;

  • Where funding permits, accompanying the UN Special Rapporteur to official UN sessions, to international conferences, and on country missions.

  • Other duties as assigned.


The Research Consultant should possess:

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

  • Experience in conducting relevant research on the freedom of assembly and/or association, with international research experience preferred;

  • Excellent analytic and writing skills;

  • Experience working in Francophone Africa is an advantage;

  • Proficiency in both English and French is required;

  • For Consultants located outside of the US, the Consultant must be able to undertake the consultancy in a legally compliant manner, and without the need for ICNL to undergo registration, tax, filing, or other requirements in the Consultant’s country.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please send:

  • Your curriculum vitae.

  • A cover letter demonstrating how you meet the qualifications listed above.

  • The time period and number of days per month you are available for this consultancy.

  • Your proposed day rate.

Applications must be submitted in English. Please send your application to with the subject line “UNSR Research Consultant.”  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and, in any event, should be submitted by August 25.  Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls please.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Compliance with the application process.

  • Degree to which the applicant’s experience meets the qualifications stated above.

  • Competitiveness of the day rate, time availability, and value for money.

Issuance of this solicitation does not constitute an award commitment on the part of ICNL, nor does it commit ICNL to pay for cost incurred in the preparation and submission of an application.


MENA Legal Advisor/Legal Associate - Amman, Jordan

Are you interested in promoting an enabling legal framework for civil society in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region? The MENA regional office of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, LLC is looking for a creative, and highly motivated lawyer to help us do just that. 

The Legal Advisor/Legal Associate is a full-time position based in ICNL LLC’s Amman, Jordan office. As a member of ICNL LLC’s MENA team, the Legal Advisor/Legal Associate will help strengthen support the work of civil society partners to promote an enabling legal framework for civil society and public participation throughout the region.  The job will be dynamic, fast-paced, and best suited to someone enterprising, flexible, comfortable with multi-tasking, and able to take on extensive travel.


Under the supervision of the Executive Director of ICNL LLC’s MENA office, the Legal Advisor/ Legal Associate will:

  • Collaborate with leading MENA 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;

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


  •  Law degree from an accredited school.

  • At least three years of professional legal experience in the field of human rights, civil society or not-for-profits.

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

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

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

  • Willingness to travel extensively.

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

  • 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 Be sure to reference “Legal - 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