Job Opportunities

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law works around the world to promote a legal environment where civil society, philanthropy, and public participation can thrive. Interested in joining our team? See below for our current vacancies.

Open Positions

Legal Advisor, MENA Region - 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 collaborative lawyer to help us do just that.

The Legal Advisor 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 will help support our civil society partners throughout the region as they work to promote an enabling legal framework for civil society and public participation.

Duties

This position will help implement ICNL’s programs throughout the MENA region. Illustrative responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with MENA civil society leaders, government officials, lawyers, academics, and other stakeholders to improve the legal environment for civil society and public participation;
  • Develop and lead interactive trainings to strengthen partners’ capacity to advance enabling legal reform and address restrictive measures;
  • Undertake research and analysis that allows ICNL and our partners to respond to emerging trends impacting the legal environment for civil society;
  • Prepare analyses of draft legislation for use by government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, and the media;
  • Help strengthen coalitions of like-minded civil society organizations, movements, and individuals critical to achieving ICNL’s mission;
  • Represent ICNL in meetings with governments, donors, and partners throughout MENA; and
  • Assist with budget and grant/contract management, and program development.
Qualifications
  • Law degree from an accredited school.
  • At least five years of professional legal experience in the field of civil society or human rights.
  • Spoken and written fluency in Arabic and English.
  • Excellent legal research, analysis, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Experience organizing and conducting trainings and workshops.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Willingness to travel extensively once the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled.
  • 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 mena@icnlalliance.org. Be sure to reference “Legal – MENA” in the subject line. Please include salary history for the last two years. Applications should be submitted by May 15, 2021, and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Only finalists will be contacted – no phone calls or emails to staff, please. For more information about ICNL, please visit www.icnl.org.

Legal Associate, Digital Technology - Washington, DC

Position Description

Do you want to protect democratic freedoms online and have a passion for using tech for good? 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 democratic freedoms, specifically the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly. Our Digital Technology program works at the intersection between digital technologies and the law to protect democratic freedoms and human rights online.

The Legal Associate —Digital Technology is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. The job is dynamic, fast-paced, and best suited to someone creative, flexible, and comfortable with multi-tasking. Significant travel is expected once the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled.

This position will help implement ICNL’s programs to improve and protect digital rights and the legal environment for democratic freedoms online. Illustrative responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to ICNL’s organizational strategy on digital technologies;
  • Working with international stakeholders to develop norms on Artificial Intelligence, smart cities, biometrics, and other digital technologies;
  • Providing legal analysis to government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, and technology companies on cybersecurity, data protection, disinformation, and other technology-related laws affecting democratic freedoms;
  • Designing and leading educational programs on digital technologies;
  • Liaising with technology companies and other industry stakeholders to identify opportunities for their collaboration with civil society;
  • Assisting with budget and grant/contract management, and program development; and
  • Representing ICNL at meetings and conferences.
Qualifications
  • Law degree from an accredited school;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience relating to digital policy, international development, human rights, or the technology sector preferred;
  • Knowledge of existing and emerging digital technologies and their impact on civic space;
  • Experience with initiatives to develop international norms relating to digital technologies that affect civic space;
  • Excellent research, advocacy, analytical, writing, and presentation skills;
  • Proven ability to engage constructively with governments, civil society, and technology companies;
  • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in an additional language is an advantage; and
  • Willingness to travel extensively.

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

Application Process

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a short writing sample to jobs@icnl.org. In the subject line of your e-mail, please indicate “Legal Associate- Digital Technology.” In your cover note, please reference where you saw this posting. Applications should be submitted by April 23, 2021, and will be considered on a rolling basis.

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

Legal Associate – Washington, DC

In over 100 countries, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) promotes democratic freedoms, specifically the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly. Our work supports civil society, digital rights, philanthropy, and democracy. Do you want to protect democracy around the world?

ICNL is looking for a creative and motivated lawyer to help us do just that. The Legal Associate is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. The job is dynamic, fast-paced, and best suited to someone creative, flexible, and comfortable with multi-tasking. Occasional travel may be required.

The Legal Associate will assist ICNL’s regional teams to implement regional and country programming to protect the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly by:

  • Drafting legal analyses, briefers, infographics, and other written materials for use by government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, and the media;
  • Developing and implementing grant programs to support partners’ law reform efforts;
  • Designing trainings and initiatives to strengthen knowledge of laws affecting the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly;
  • Researching cutting-edge legal issues, such as the nexus between climate change and civic freedoms or the exercise of civic freedoms in the digital age; and
  • Implementing program development initiatives.
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.
  • Experience with freedom of expression and internet freedom issues 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 or emails to staff, please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

Consultancies

Consultancy: Legal and Policy Frameworks Governing the Registration of Non-Profit Organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite applications from local consultants in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Senegal, and Ghana to conduct research on the legal and policy frameworks for registration and regulation of non-profit organizations in the specified countries.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

ICNL LLC Consultancy: Mapping Research for Civic Space & Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law LLC-MENA Regional Office (ICNL LLC-MENA) seeks researchers for a consultancy assignment, for a 2-month period from 1 February to 31 March 2021. The Consultant will conduct a mapping study of the civic space legal and policy framework applicable to climate change activists and organizations in MENA, in accordance with a research outline to be approved by ICNL LLC-MENA.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

Consultancy: Tracking COVID-19 Regulatory Measures in Africa

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks an individual or organizational research consultant for a 3.5-month consultancy (beginning in September 2020 and ending December 31, 2020). The consultant will provide regular updates, following a methodology provided by ICNL, to entries regarding various African countries included in the ICNL-ECNL global COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker, as well as to the African regional responses page.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

Grants & Fellowships

Occasionally, we offer grants to civil society organizations and others working to promote and protect civic freedoms, as well as fellowships and internships at ICNL. Click here for our current opportunities.