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

Grants Assistant - Washington, DC

ICNL is seeking a Grants Assistant to support the management of subawards and contracts to ICNL’s partners in over 80 countries. ICNL works to advance civil society, philanthropy and human rights around the world. This position is a great opportunity to work with an international organization and to learn all aspects of subgrant management, including pre-award assessment, oversight of subgrantee financial reporting, compliance with ICNL policies and procedures, and compliance with donor rules and regulations. The position is full-time and based in our Washington, DC office. The Grants Assistant reports to ICNL’s Finance Director. Responsibilities

Among other responsibilities, the Grants Assistant:

· Supports program staff in preparing solicitations, evaluating grant submissions for technical and budget soundness and compliance with donor regulations, and recommending awards.

· Conducts pre-award risk assessment surveys and drafts risk determination findings.

· Works with program staff to finalize grant agreements and budgets.

· Reviews subgrant packet for completeness and compliance with ICNL policies; documents that award procedures have been met for all grants and contracts.

· Maintains grant and contract documentation; develops and maintains a database of all grantees and contractors.

· Liaises with grantees and contractors on financial issues. Trains new subgrantees on the reporting process; reviews grantee financial reports and makes recommendations for improved reporting; reviews budget modifications.

· Identifies unusual transactions and potential problems and recommends solutions.

· Reconciles subgrantee cash balances to ICNL’s records; enters subgrant related transactions into the accounting system: encumbrances, accounts receivable, accounts payable, journal vouchers, etc.

· Assists with closing grants and contracts upon project completion; reviews subgrantee audit reports; confirms that all requirements have been met and settles final payments.

· Assists with other Finance Office duties, such as accounts payable, reviewing trip expense reports, preparing cost proposals and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

· A university degree in accounting, financial management, or a related field; · 1-2 years of professional experience in nonprofit accounting or finance;

· Superior administrative and organizational skills and attention to detail;

· Able to work independently, set priorities and show initiative;

· Excellent English writing and communication skills;

· Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; and

· Legal authorization to work in the United States.

 

PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS · Experience with budgeting and grant management;

· Experience with budgeting and accounting software (Adaptive, Abila MIP);

· Experience working in multinational teams and on complex projects; and

· Familiarity with US Government grant rules and regulations.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until January 31, 2020. Please send a cover letter and a CV to jobs@icnl.org. The subject line should state “Grants Assistant.” Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls or emails to ICNL staff, please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

Program Assistant - Washington, DC

Do you want to strengthen civil society, advance civic freedoms, and enable public participation around the world? The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a Program Assistant for a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. The Program Assistant will support ICNL’s staff and local partners by providing program and administrative assistance for ICNL’s regional and research programs. Illustrative responsibilities include:

· Assist in the management and administration of regional and research programs;

· Support ICNL regional and research teams in contract and grant management, and compliance with donor requirements;

· Assist with development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation plans;

· Monitor legislative and regulatory developments;

· Assist regional and research teams with program development and proposals;

· Assist with research on topics relating to ICNL’s mission; and

· Assist in organizing high-level regional and national-level events.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

· Bachelor’s degree;

· Superior administrative and organizational skills and attention to detail;

· Excellent English writing and communication skills;

· Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; and

· Legal authorization to work in the United States.

 

PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

· Master’s degree in a relevant field;

· 1-2 years of professional experience in non-profit projects;

· Demonstrated commitment to human rights, international development, and related issues;

· Familiarity with project management tools;

· Experience with budgeting, monitoring and evaluation;

· Experience working in multinational teams and on complex projects;

· Experience in organizing international events; and

· Familiarity with US Government grant rules and regulations.

 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until January 29, 2021; early applications are encouraged. 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 or emails to ICNL staff, please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

Legal Advisor, Asia - Washington, DC

Do you want to protect civic freedom in Asia? The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is looking for a creative, strategic, and highly motivated lawyer to help us do just that.

ICNL promotes the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression and supports civil society, digital rights, and philanthropy in countries around the world, including in Asia. ICNL engages with civil society, governments, parliaments, and the United Nations.

The Legal Advisor – Asia will be based in ICNL’s Washington, DC office. This is a full-time position, with significant travel once the pandemic passes. The Legal Advisor – Asia will help design and implement ICNL’s programs across Asia.

Under the direction of ICNL’s Vice President – Legal Affairs, illustrative duties include:

  • Design and implement activities to improve the legal environment for civil society in Asia;
  • Provide technical legal assistance to government officials, parliamentarians, and civil society;
  • Design and implement projects with local partners;
  • Research civil society legal issues and produce educational materials;
  • Assist with budget and grant/contract management, program development, and donor requirements; and
  • Represent ICNL at meetings and conferences.

Qualifications

  • 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 in Asia;
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills;
  • Proven ability to engage constructively with governments, civil society and/or media networks;
  • Experience in program strategy and design as well as project management;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Willingness to travel extensively;
  • Experience in program development/grant writing is an advantage;
  • Civil society experience, particularly in challenging political environments, is an advantage; and
  • The Legal Advisor must possess legal authorization to work in the U.S. and be willing to live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample to jobs@icnl.org. 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 December 31, 2020 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.

Internship: ICNL-ECNL COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law is currently seeking 2-3 Legal Interns to support legal data validation efforts for the ICNL-ECNL COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker. This research position involves comparing raw data on legal measures and law enforcement practices around the world, submitted by ICNL’s international staff and partners, against the Tracker’s methodological framework. Legal Interns will analyze primary legal sources, performing additional legal research if necessary, and ensure that the Tracker reflects those sources accurately. Legal Interns should be able to commit between three and five hours per week in order to participate in this project, though hour allocation throughout the semester is flexible.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

Consultancies

Consultancy: Tracking COVID-19 Regulatory Measures in South Asia and Southeast Asia

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks individuals or organizational research consultants for two 6-month, part-time consultancies (beginning mid-February 2021 and ending summer 2021). Consultants will provide regular updates, following established methodology, to either South Asian or Southeast Asian countries included in the COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker, as well as to the Asia & Pacific COVID-19 regulatory trends page.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

Consultancy: Editor for the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Sustainability Index

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a consultant to serve as an Editor for the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Sustainability Index.

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. ICNL works with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and FHI 360 to produce several regional editions of the CSO Sustainability Index, USAID’s premier instrument for tracking the development of civil society sectors in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East/North Africa, Asia, and Mexico.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The consultant will report to ICNL’s CSO Sustainability Index Program Manager. The consultant will be responsible for managing, reviewing, editing, and finalizing reports on the sustainability of the CSO sectors in multiple countries. More information about the CSO Sustainability Index, as well as examples of final reports, can be found here. Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for producing the following deliverables:

· Edited country reports for one or more regional editions of the CSOSI. Country reports are written by local partners, who are generally non-native English speakers. Editing will include review and revision for accuracy, completeness, and consistency of content; clarity; proper English usage, including style, grammar, spelling, and punctuation; presentation; and consistent citation format. The consultant will communicate with the local partners to clarify language and ensure that reports are complete and consistent with reports from previous years.

· Participation in meetings of the Editorial Committee for one or more regional editions of the CSOSI. The consultant will be responsible for recording decisions of the Editorial Committee and incorporating input from the Editorial Committee and USAID missions into reports.

· Draft Executive Summaries for the various editions of the CSOSI.

 

The workload will vary from week to week, but ICNL anticipates that the Editor will need to work 20-30 hours a week from March to August 2021, with the period from May to July being the most intense.

QUALIFICATIONS: Fluency in English and superior editing and writing skills are key requirements, as is familiarity with civil society development issues. The Editor must also demonstrate organizational skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines. Preference given to candidates with experience editing drafts written by non-native English speakers.

COMPENSATION

Competitive daily rates based on experience and qualifications.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to jobs@icnl.org. Please note that writing samples should be solely the product of the applicant and should not have been reviewed or edited by others. Reference “CSOSI Editor” in subject line. Only finalists will be contacted. No telephone calls please. ICNL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visit us at www.icnl.org.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2021.

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.