Jobs

Consultancy: Civic Freedom Monitor Costa Rica ǀ Legal Advisor - Asia ǀ Research Consultants ǀ Accounts Payable Clerk ǀ Legal Advisor - Africa ǀ Program Assistant: Regional Programs ǀ  Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Consultancy - Civic Freedom Monitor, Country Report for Costa Rica

Project Information
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is soliciting applications for consultancies for the Civic Freedom Monitor project to develop reports on the legal environment for civil society in Costa Rica. Please see examples of the Civic Freedom Monitor reports at the following link: http://www.icnl.org/research/monitor/index.html.

ICNL's Civic Freedom Monitor is a web-based platform that provides the latest updates, background information, and legal analysis of civil society law for 51 countries and 8 multi-lateral organizations around the world.  The reports address issues including formation/registration, operations/activities, expression, assembly, and access to resources, as well as recent news items and country data. Reports are updated on a quarterly basis.

ICNL seeks a consultant to assist with the Civic Freedom Monitor report for Costa Rica; a Scope of Work is attached as Exhibit A. The consultant will be expected to prepare a country report on Costa Rica, based on the research template in Exhibit B; to monitor civic freedom and civil society law developments in Costa Rica and file a completed Civic Freedom Monitoring quarterly reporting form to ICNL detailing those developments and recommending revisions for the country report webpage, as necessary, using Exhibit C.
In addition, the Consultant is expected to ensure the list of materials ICNL has compiled for Costa Rica its Online Library (http://www.icnl.org/knowledge/library/index.php) is fully up to date.

Application Instructions
To apply for a consultancy, applicants must submit the following items by January 30, 2018:

  • Cover Letter / Statement of Interest (one-page);
  • Resume, Curriculum Vitae (CV), or other statement of work history and education.

Applications should be sent to David Moore, ICNL’s VP-Legal Affairs, at dmoore@icnl.org. Reference “Civic Freedom Monitor Consultancy for Costa Rica” should be in the subject line.  Applications must be submitted in English. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Please do not include cost information in the application, as the compensation rate is fixed at $2000 for the preparation of the initial country report, plus $300 for each subsequent quarterly report. Contracts will extend for one year, with the possibility of renewal.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Compliance with application procedures;
  • Experience working with and analyzing the legal environment for the country to be reported on;
  • Quality of the Cover Letter / Statement of Interest;
  • Commitment to producing consistent responses in the reporting form, and in supplying information on new civic freedom and civil society law developments related to country reports in real-time.

Please contact David Moore, dmoore@icnl.org, if you have questions about the application process.

Issuance of this limited 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.

Legal Advisor- Asia

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a lawyer to serve as a Legal Advisor for ICNL’s program in Asia.  The Legal Advisor will help promote an enabling legal framework for civil society in Asia. 

ICNL has worked in over 100 countries, including more than 15 in Asia, to strengthen the legal framework for civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy. Our partners include civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, law schools, and international organizations.

The Legal Advisor will be based in ICNL’s office in Washington, D.C.  This is a full-time position.  The Legal Advisor must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Extensive travel is expected. Under the direction of ICNL’s Senior Management, the Legal Advisor will undertake the following duties:

  • Assisting in the implementation of ICNL projects in Asian countries;
  • Providing technical legal assistance, including written comments and analyses of draft legislation, for use by government officials, parliamentarians, CSOs, media representatives, and others;
  • Representing ICNL at meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences;
  • Designing and implementing project activities, including capacity-building and network building events with local partners;
  • Assisting with proposal writing and fundraising activities;
  • Writing and editing reports, briefing papers, and other program materials;
  • Preparing and managing contracts and sub-awards with local partners;
  • Overseeing work of partners and ensuring compliance with donor rules, regulations, and policies; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Law degree from an accredited school and approximately 3-7 years of post-law school professional experience;
  • Experience with CSOs and/or governments in Asia (experience in more than one sub-region within Asia is an advantage);
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills;
  • Proven ability to engage constructively with governments and civil society/media networks;
  • Experience in program strategy and design as well as project management;
  • Willingness to travel extensively;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Experience in program development/grant writing is advantageous;
  • CSO experience, particularly in challenging political environments, is an advantage;
  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs is an advantage.

Compensation: Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications.

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 February 5, 2018 and will be considered on a rolling basis. 

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

Research Consultants

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks Research Consultants to carry out research and produce reports on two topics outlined below. 

ICNL has worked in over 100 countries to strengthen the legal framework for civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy. Our partners include civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, law schools, and international bodies. Please see www.icnl.org for additional information.

Projects
1) Closing Academic SpaceA global resurgence of authoritarianism has been accompanied by a growth in restrictions on university space and academic freedom.  Examples include President Erdogan’s replacement of mass numbers of university faculty and administrators in Turkey and Hungary’s attempts to close the Central European University.  The legal and regulatory strategies used by governments to limit university space are still relatively poorly understood, but may include:

  • Politically motivated removal of faculty or staff
  • Limiting travel
  • Restricting protests on campus
  • Limiting the ability of legal clinics to work on politically sensitive topics
  • Attacking the legal statuses of centers at universities that work on politically sensitive issues
  • Attacking the legal statuses of universities themselves

ICNL seeks a Research Consultant to analyze these and similar strategies.  The consultant will 1) research the legal and regulatory strategies used by governments to restrain universities, as well as the reasons for these restraints, and 2) produce a report explaining the research findings, identifying other potential legal vulnerabilities of universities arising from closing civic space, and providing recommendations on strategies for better protecting universities. 

2) Counter-terrorism, National Security, and Emergency Laws.  Governments have become increasingly sophisticated in embedding restrictions on civil society in a broad range of complex laws related to national security, including national security laws, counter-terrorism laws, and emergency laws and declarations.  To advocate against these types of restrictions effectively, activists must deepen their knowledge of these more advanced civil society law issues, so that they can educate government officials and legislators on why the restrictions are inappropriate and provide comparative examples of better means of regulation. 

To date, there has been limited study of the ways in which these counter-terrorism, national security, and emergency laws affect CSO operations.  ICNL seeks a consultant to (1) conduct a study analyzing prominent examples of such laws and create a typology of the restrictions they contain, (2) analyze their impact on CSOs, and (3) produce a report explaining the research findings and recommending legal arguments and advocacy strategies for addressing restrictions on civil society contained in these types of laws.  Consultants should identify in their proposals focus countries or regions for their studies.

Application Instructions
To apply for a consultancy, applicants must submit the following items by February 28, 2018:

  • Application coversheet;
  • Proposal; and
  • Resume, Curriculum Vitae (CV), or other statement of work history and education.

Applications should be sent to Catherine Shea, Vice President – Programs at ICNL at cshea@icnl.org. Reference “Research Consultancy” in the subject line.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through February 28, 2018. Applications must be submitted in English.

Proposal
In three pages or less, please address the following topics:

  • Your past or present experience relevant to closing academic space or counter-terrorism, national security or emergency laws.
  • Your past or present experience relevant to the legal environment for civil society.
  • Your past or present experience conducting legal research and writing reports.
  • Identification of which research project you wish to work on.
  • A brief description of your plan for completing the research, including identification of issues you propose to research, methodology for conducting the research, countries or regions that will be the focus of the study, and a description of the report you plan to produce.
  • A brief budget for your work, which should include:
  • Day rate/s for all personnel assigned to the project.
  • Number of days that you believe will be necessary to complete the research and report.

Criteria for Selection

Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Compliance with application procedures;
  • Experience with the subject matter of the research project and with the legal environment for civil society;
  • Experience researching and writing similar reports;
  • Quality of the proposal;
  • Competitiveness of day rate and value.

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.

Accounts Payable Clerk

Excellent opportunity for part-time work at an international organization, this position is responsible for efficiently processing all payments. 

HOURS:  20 hours per week
WAGE: $17/hour

DUTIES

  • Enter and upload invoices into system
  • Maintain vendor and contract files
  • Process payments:  verify names against designated watch lists, print checks, match payment to supporting documentation, mail signed checks to vendors
  • Reconcile the credit card statements 
  • Prepare 1099’s
  • Respond to questions from departments or vendors in regards to invoice payments
  • Provide supporting documentation for audits
  • Assist with other duties, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proficient in MIP/Sage accounting applications
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of bookkeeping and data processing
  • High School Diploma or foreign equivalent, required, college degree preferred.
  • English fluency

To apply for the position listed above, send your resume and cover letter to jobs@icnl.org with subject line:  AP CLERK, your last name. We will only contact candidates selected for an interview. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer

Legal Advisor - Africa

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a lawyer to serve as a Legal Advisor for ICNL’s program in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a full-time position.

ICNL has worked in over 100 countries, including more than 20 in Africa, to strengthen the legal framework for civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy. Our partners include civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, law schools, and international bodies such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The Legal Advisor will be based in ICNL’s office in Washington, D.C. The Legal Advisor must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Extensive travel is expected. Under the direction of ICNL’s Senior Management, the Legal Advisor will undertake the following duties:

  • Assisting in the implementation of ICNL projects in African countries;
  • Providing technical legal assistance, including written comments and analyses of draft legislation, for use by government officials, parliamentarians, CSOs, media representatives, and others;
  • Representing ICNL at meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences;
  • Designing and implementing project activities, including capacity-building and network building events with local partners;
  • Assisting with proposal writing and fundraising activities;
  • Writing and editing reports, briefing papers, and other program materials;
  • Preparing and managing contracts and sub-awards with local partners;
  • Overseeing work of partners and ensuring compliance with donor rules, regulations, and policies;
  • Undertaking funder-required reporting and other tasks; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Law degree from an accredited school and approximately 3-7 years of post-law school professional experience;
  • Fluency in English and French (proficiency in Portuguese, Arabic or an African language spoken widely on the continent is an advantage);
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills;
  • Proven ability to engage constructively with governments and civil society/media networks;
  • Experience in program strategy and design as well as project management;
  • Willingness to travel extensively.
  • Experience in program development/grant writing is advantageous;
  • Experience with CSOs and governments in West and Central Africa is an advantage;
  • CSO experience, particularly in challenging political environments, is an advantage;
  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs is an advantage.

Compensation: Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications.

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-Africa.” In your cover note, please reference where you saw this posting. Applications should be submitted by January 15, 2018 and will be considered on a rolling basis. 

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

Program Assistant - Regional Programs

The Program Assistant is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. Working under the direction of ICNL’s Vice-President – Programs, the Program Assistant will provide administrative assistance in the implementation of the Africa, Latin America, and Middle East/North Africa programs and projects. Illustrative responsibilities include:

  • Support regional teams in design and management of country and thematic projects, including management of local partner grant projects, monitoring of project budgets, and processing program and financial reports;
  • Assist regional teams with monitoring and evaluation of projects by developing M&E plans and maintaining M&E data;
  • Identify new opportunities for program development and help prepare funding proposals;
  • Assist in the planning and preparation of national-level meetings and events; and
  • Conduct research and media monitoring on topics relating to civil society and civic space.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in nonprofit projects;
  • Familiarity with grant management;
  • Experience with budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation;
  • Superior administrative and organizational skills, and attention to detail;
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Experience in event organizing an advantage;
  • Familiarity with US Government grant rules and regulations an advantage;
  • Experience with Latin America, Africa, and/or the Middle East/North Africa an advantage;
  • Knowledge about civil society, human rights, international development and related issues an advantage;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required; and
  • The candidate must also possess legal authorization to work in the United States.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 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 please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

The Central Asia Regional Office of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a part-time, unpaid intern. ICNL's internship offers a unique opportunity to be involved in the promotion of an enabling legal environment for civil society, freedom of association, and public participation around the world.

ICNL has worked on civil society law in over 100 countries, drawing upon a worldwide network of partners and experts. Working with ICNL's program teams, interns are engaged in our cutting-edge research and technical assistance. ICNL endeavors to develop projects that reflect student interests and skills, and to assist with the student's career development. 

Location
The ICNL Central Asia Regional Office is located in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Work schedule and duration
Start and end dates are flexible, but a 2 month minimum commitment is preferred. The intern is expected to work an average of 20 hours per week with occasional evening and/or weekend hours.

Primary duties and responsibilities
Under the supervision of, and with training by ICNL's senior staff lawyers, interns are fully engaged in a variety of hands-on legal tasks. Duties might include conducting comparative legal research, legal analysis, supporting ICNL's partners, and other related tasks.

The following are illustrative examples of assignments:

  • Assist ICNL with legal reform efforts in Kazakhstan;
  • Conduct research, analysis and recommendations on how to improve enacted or draft legislation relating to NGOs;
  • Monitor and gather information on an ongoing basis regarding developments of legislation or draft legislation which affect the NGO sector;
  • Assist in organizing roundtables, seminars, and conferences in accordance with ICNL's suggestions and available funding;
  • Assist in the development of ICNL publications (including grammar editing and proof reading assistance);
  • Support the addition of content related to the project to the ICNL website;

Qualifications
1. Enrollment in an accredited law school with strong academic record
2. Interest in working for a nonprofit organization and in CSO Law;
3. Good research, writing, and analytical skills;
4. Organized and able to work both independently and as part of a team;
5. Excellent communication skills;
6. Superior abilities in English;
7. Ability to use MS Office programs.

How to apply
To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to carlawyer@icnl.org.kz.  Reference "Civil Society Law Intern" in the subject line. Only finalists will be contacted – no telephone calls please. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.