Program Assistant ǀ Legal Advisor - Asia ǀ Internships in International Civil Society Law (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Program Assistant

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is looking for a colleague to support civic space programs around the world.  ICNL works with governments, civil society organizations, and the international community to develop enabling legal frameworks for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation in over 100 countries. 

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.


  • 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   The subject line should state “Program Assistant.”  Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls please.   ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.


Legal Advisor - Asia

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is seeking a Legal Advisor for its Asia program.  The Legal Advisor will help develop laws supporting civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy in Asia.  ICNL has worked in over 100 countries, including 15 countries in Asia. 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, illustrative activities include:

  • Designing and implementing activities to improve the laws for civil society in Asia;

  • Providing technical legal assistance to government officials, parliamentarians, and civil society;

  • Researching civil society legal issues;

  • Assisting with budget and contract management, program development, and donor requirements;

  • Representing ICNL at meetings and conferences; and

  • Working with local partners throughout Asia.


  • 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 an advantage;

  • CSO experience, particularly in challenging political environments, is an advantage;

  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs is an advantage.

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 April 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.


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. 

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;

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  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.