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 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.

Finance Associate - Washington, DC

ICNL is seeking a Finance Associate to support ICNL’s finance team in the financial management of our programs. ICNL works to advance civil society, philanthropy, and human rights in over 100 countries. This position is a great opportunity to work with an international organization. The role involves working with a Senior Program Financial Analyst and program staff on financial reporting and budgeting. The position is full-time and based in our Washington, DC office. The Finance Associate reports to ICNL’s Finance Director.

Responsibilities

Illustrative responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the Senior Program Financial Analyst in preparing cost proposal budgets.
  • Assisting the Senior Program Financial Analyst with the preparation of monthly budget vs. actual reports, forecasting reports, and reconciliation of program ledgers.
  • Working with program teams to review actual vs. forecast spending analyses, maintain monthly spending projections, and monitor grant obligations and balances.
  • Preparing financial reports and cash requests to funders, including draws on letters of credit.
  • Assisting with the review of draft funding agreements and maintaining grant and contract files in compliance with organizational and funder policies.
  • Assisting the Senior Program Financial Analyst in the preparation of ICNL’s annual budget.
  • Assisting with other Finance Office duties, such as the annual audit, and other duties as assigned by the Finance Director.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, financial management, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in nonprofit accounting or finance field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to create, update, and maintain financial reports in Excel.
  • Experience with budgeting and accounting software preferred (Adaptive/Workday, Abila MIP).
  • Superior administrative and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Flexible, energetic, and proactive.
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills.
  • Experience working in multinational teams and on complex projects preferred.
  • Familiarity with US Government grant rules and regulations is a plus.
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 31, 2021. Please send a cover letter and a CV to jobs@icnl.org. The subject line should state “Finance Associate.” Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls or emails to ICNL staff, please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

Grants Financial Assistant - Washington, DC

ICNL is seeking a Grants Financial Assistant to join our Finance team in support of the management of sub-awards 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 financial 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 Financial Assistant reports to ICNL’s Finance Director.

Responsibilities

Among other responsibilities, the Grants Financial 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 financial 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 March 31, 2021. Please send a cover letter and a CV to jobs@icnl.org. The subject line should state “Grants Financial Assistant.” 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 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: 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.