Legal Advisor - Africa

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Job location
1126 16th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Street address: 
1126 16th St, Suite 400
District of Columbia
Job type: 
Policy Development/Advocacy
Position Description: 

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. Please see for additional information.

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.


• 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.

To apply: 

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample to [email protected]. 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 will be considered on a rolling basis.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.
Salary range: 
Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, February 16, 2018
Expiration date: 
Friday, February 23, 2018