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, 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. 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.

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.


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 contract management, program development, and donor requirements; and
  • Represent ICNL at meetings and conferences.


  • 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 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 10, 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.

ICNL Finance Director - Washington, DC

ICNL is seeking a Finance Director to support our mission by leading the strategy and day-to-day operations of our finance department, including the development and maintenance of ICNL’s $10 million operating budget. The position is full-time and based in our Washington, DC office. The Finance Director reports to ICNL’s President and CEO.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

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.


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.