Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spring Internships at Namati

Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment
Spring 2014 Communications Internship
Washington, DC
About Namati

Namati is dedicated to putting the law in people’s hands. We strive to build a just world, in which every one of us can take part in the decisions – and demand accountability from the institutions – that affect our lives. Namati was founded in 2011 and is the leading international organization dedicated to legal empowerment.

Namati works in three ways:
Grassroots Innovation
We partner with civil society organizations and governments to develop, implement, and evaluate legal empowerment strategies that address five urgent global challenges:
 Delivering quality legal aid at scale;
 Protecting community land rights;
 Closing the enforcement gap in environmental law;
 Fulfilling the right to citizenship; and
 Ensuring that essential services like healthcare and education are accountable to local communities. Presently these grassroots justice efforts are in eight countries—Sierra Leone, India, Liberia, Uganda, Mozambique, Burma, Kenya, and Bangladesh.

A Global Network
Namati convenes an international community of practitioners committed to advancing justice. The network includes over 280 organizations from every region in the world. Members learn from each other and collaborate across borders. Together, we are building a stronger global movement for legal empowerment.

Research and Advocacy
Drawing on our own experience and that of the wider network, we advocate for and advise on reforms to policies and institutions.
For more information about Namati, visit:

About the position
Namati is looking for a dynamic self-starter with experience in media and design to join our communications and advocacy team for spring 2013.
The intern will work closely with staff to track press coverage of innovations in the field, conduct research about global justice-related media initiatives, transcribe interviews with practitioners and experts, assist with outreach and editorial for the Namati blog, support implementation of a grassroots media library, nurture a daily social media presence for Namati and maintain a database of contacts of journalists reporting on human rights, development and justice-related issues.
Other projects may include assisting with the launch of a photographic exhibition on land rights in Sierra Leone and working on the production of printed storytelling and strategic materials. Training in basic video and audio production is available for those with an interest.

Qualifications and Requirements
The ideal candidate is passionate about justice, is a strong written and verbal communicator and has experience with social media, writing and design. Applicants should be organized, thoughtful, analytical and creative, with a strong aesthetic sensibility. A command of internet research and outreach tools is essential. Past experience in a developing country context is a plus, as is proficiency in foreign languages. We are looking for undergraduate juniors and seniors or recent graduates.

A time commitment of 24 hours/week over the course of 3 months will be expected. Namati will assist with any supporting documentation necessary for university course credit or independent fundraising, as needed. The internship will begin on or around the third week of January in our Washington, DC office.

The intern will be reimbursed on a monthly basis (up to $100) for local transportation costs incurred.
To Apply: Please email a cover letter, a resume and a brief, unedited writing sample to by December 2, 2013. In your email, please identify where you saw the job posting.

We look forward to hearing from you!
No phone calls, please. Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Second Internship Position:
Namati is looking for a dynamic, self-starting intern to join our team for spring 2014. The purpose of the internship is to provide practical, hands-on experience in support of Namati’s legal empowerment programming. This internship is a unique opportunity to join a growing team in an exciting start-up organization. In addition to assisting with the day-to-day tasks at Namati’s Washington, DC office, the intern is expected to undertake an independent research project for the duration of the internship. Namati staff must approve the project and will provide strategic guidance as necessary. Duties and responsibilities may include:  Independent Research Project o The intern is expected to undertake an independent research project on a legal empowerment-related issue for the duration of the internship. o Namati staff must approve the project and will provide strategic guidance as necessary.  Programmatic support o Organize and participate in events, including roundtables and lectures by legal empowerment experts in the Washington, DC area. o Draft/edit routine correspondence and memoranda. o Provide administrative support, including helping to organize logistics of calls, meetings, and workshops; responding to requests from the general public; faxing, photocopying, and generally assisting in program administration. o Perform other duties as assigned.  Research and Writing o Assist Research and Program Associate with small assignments in support of memoranda and long-term research assignments. o Undertake independent research on laws and legal practices in foreign countries in order to help guide Namati programs and materials  Communications o Researching news and trends in legal empowerment to curate content for our website. o Updating social media channels and helping to grow Namati’s social media presence. o Evaluating legal empowerment tools and resources to grow the Tools Database on the Global Legal Empowerment Network. o Helping to increase membership base of Global Legal Empowerment Network in order to strengthen the global community of practice.

Qualifications and Requirements
 Education/Experience
o Undergraduate junior or senior, or recent graduate (2013).
o Demonstrated interest and passion for social justice, rule of law, human rights, and/or development.
o Experience in developing nation(s) a plus.
 Skills
o A “problem-solver” - highly motivated, self-directed, capable of identifying needs and taking productive action; able to take personal initiative and follow tasks through to their successful completion.
o Flexible, adaptive, willing to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks, able to thoughtfully prioritize.
o Strong organizational skills, especially attention to detail and quality control.
o Technologically savvy; social media experience a plus.
Schedule: The intern will be expected to hold a part-time schedule of 24 hours/week for 3 months. The intern will be responsible for arranging to receive course credit at their school, if applicable. Namati will work with candidates to provide documentation for independent fundraising, as need arises.
The intern is expected to start on or around January 13, 2014, though this is negotiable on a case-by-case basis.
Compensation: The intern will receive reimbursement for up to $100/month for local transportation costs.
To Apply: Please email resume (please include your GPA), writing sample and cover letter to: before December 2, 2013. In your email, please identify where you saw the job posting.
No phone calls, please. Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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