(Possibility to work remotely) 

(Paid internship)

ABOUT PILNET 

PILnet is a global non-governmental organization that creates opportunities for social change by unlocking the law’s full potential. With programs in Europe, Eurasia, Asia, and at the global level, PILnet aims to reclaim and reimagine the role of law so that it works for the benefit of all. PILnet builds networks and collaborations of public interest and private sector lawyers who understand how the law works when it serves the interests of the privileged and then it uses that knowledge to strengthen civil society and the communities they serve. 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Working remotely (with the potential for in-person in New York or Budapest when possible) the intern will support PILnet’s pro bono project, the Global Nonprofits Guide The project is run by PILnet, ECNL and DLA Piper. It is an online guide for organizations that want to move their operations to another country or register a new organization. The Global Nonprofit Guide aims to strengthen the resilience and autonomy of non-profit organizations by providing an easily accessible and user-friendly online platform for non-profit registration around the world. We are looking for an intern to help with running and implementing the project.

 The internship responsibilities, under the guidance and mentoring of PILnet staff, generally include: 

  • Supporting the Guide by corresponding with partners via email and video call, maintaining documentation regarding the project, coordinating meetings between partners, and researching potential partner organizations and networks. 
  • Supporting data entry and data management; 
  • Outreach to pro bono lawyers to help with projects in different jurisdictions around the world
  • Implementing the review procedure of the project and carrying out legal review of the research on nonprofit registration and operation in different countries
  • Other tasks as requested by the supervisor.

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Current or recent postgraduate student in law or human rights.
  • Interest in public interest law, social justice, and human rights
  • Detail-oriented and proactive
  • Some work experience in human rights, social justice, or public interest law is a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English

The duration of the internship is six months from August 2024 to January 2025; 20 hours/week. The intern will receive a monthly stipend of USD 300 and gain the experience of working in an international public interest law organization across various projects, with people of different backgrounds from various countries. Throughout the internship, the intern will also gain experience and insight into project management, and application of public interest law in practice.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV by July 15 2024 via this form. Interviews will be conducted by the end of July. 

Personal data provided by applicants will be used strictly following the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance.

Location: Remote +/- 3 hours from UTC+2

Indicative salary range (based on experience): 1,500-3,000 USD per month 

ABOUT PILNET

PILnet is an international, locally present non-governmental organization (NGO) that partners with legal professionals and civil society organizations (CSOs) globally to protect civic space, address global challenges, and work to build just, equitable, and sustainable societies. PILnet does this by supporting civil society, engaging legal professionals, and nurturing the next generation of legal professionals in three strategic priority areas: civic space, climate justice, and refugees and people on the move. PILnet currently has offices in New York, Budapest, and Hong Kong but operates globally. 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

We are looking for an enthusiastic Program Consultant to expand PILnet’s work in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on West Africa. We work with organizations to pinpoint their legal needs and then connect them to qualified pro bono lawyers, at no cost. Moreover, to strengthen the awareness among CSOs on how different laws and regulations can impact their operations, PILnet develops seminars, trainings, and guides on common legal topics. Our work focuses on three strategic priority areas including civic space, climate justice and forced displacement. Currently, PILnet is actively building and expanding a diverse network of partners, NGOs, and lawyers in Sub-Saharan Africa. PILnet aims to expand its projects in this region and is looking for a Program Consultant to lead these activities and develop new partnerships. 

Reporting to the Co-Executive Directors, you will apply your technical skills, education, and experience to:

  • Develop new partnerships with CSOs and locally present law firms and scope pro bono projects related to civic space and climate justice.
  • Grow PILnet’s network of pro bono lawyers, public interest lawyers and CSOs in Sub-Saharan Africa (with a potential focus on West Africa).
  • Support continuous scoping of legal needs of local civil society organizations (CSOs)
  • Expand PILnet’s Global resources to Sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • Support PILnet’s Global Clearinghouse pro bono requests from Sub-Saharan Africa, by corresponding by emails, video calls, and phone calls with CSOs to understand their legal needs, drafting descriptions of legal needs, and identifying and communicating with law firms within PILnet’s network who can provide pro bono support. 
  • Design, organize, and manage in-person/hybrid events (webinars, roundtables and others) in Sub-Saharan Africa and globally.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Co-Executive Directors.

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with diverse audiences, including law firms, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Lived experience within nonprofit or pro bono role in country/countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, 
  • Degree in law, social sciences, political science, international relations, or related field. Strong preference will be given to applicants with a law degree.
  • Minimum 2-5 years of relevant work experience, preferably in the nonprofit or public interest law field. 
  • Strong interest in public interest law, social justice, and human rights.
  • Project management experience and a record of delivering projects on time and to budget. 
  • Proactive, creative, and opportunity-driven mindset.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work well under pressure, including setting and executing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent research, reporting, written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency in English and French is required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PPT etc.) and Google Apps.

LOCATION

You will work alongside a small multicultural team from nonprofit management and legal backgrounds, providing you with a supportive and flexible working environment. Your work will be regional in nature (Sub-Saharan Africa) and you will be required to connect with internal and external stakeholders in that region, but also globally across different time zones. This is a fully remote position. PILnet will offer an initial one-year consultancy contract, which may be renewed subject to funding.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Interested candidates should provide basic information via this form and send a cover letter and CV to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Application for Program Consultant position’, as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed after July 22th 2024. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis by mid August. PILnet will be able to offer you an initial contract until December 31, 2024, with a three-month probation period and with the option of further extension subject to available funding.

The cover letter should describe your interest to work with PILnet and spell out your relevant educational and/or practical experience. We kindly request that applicants do not submit CVs with pictures. PILnet focuses solely on qualifications, skills, and experience relevant to the job requirements.

PILnet is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at PILnet are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications and merit, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. PILnet will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. PILnet encourages applicants of all ages and backgrounds.

Personal data provided by applicants will be used strictly in accordance with PILnet’s Privacy Policy.