Legal Advisor - Asia

International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 14

Position description

Do you want to protect fundamental freedoms 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.  

ICNL promotes the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression and supports civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy in countries around the world, including in Asia. Our partners are civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, law schools, and international organizations.

The Legal Advisor – Asia will be based in ICNL’s Washington, DC office. This is a full-time position, with significant travel.  The Legal Advisor – Asia will help design and implement ICNL’s programs in a diverse range of Asian countries, including, for example, in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.  

Under the direction of ICNL’s VP-Legal Affairs, illustrative duties include:

  • Design and implement activities to improve the laws for civil society in Asia;
  • Provide technical legal assistance to government officials, parliamentarians, and civil society actors;
  • Work with local partners throughout Asia;
  • Represent ICNL at meetings and conferences;
  • Research civil society legal issues and produce educational materials; and
  • Assist with budget and contract management, program development, and donor requirements.


  • 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 and civil society/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 US. 

Application instructions

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-Asia.” In your cover note, please reference where you saw this posting. Applications should be submitted by November 30, 2018 and will be considered on a rolling basis. 

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

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