Global Network, Latin America Fellowship

Washington, DC; New Delhi, India; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Yangon, Myanmar; Maputo, Mozambique; or remote.

An analytical mind with a passion for justice who will help support our network activities in Latin America. Please note you must be proficient in professional-level Spanish to apply.

Our fellowships in Legal Empowerment provide a range of opportunities to support Namati’s diverse global portfolio of projects.


About the Global Legal Empowerment Network

The Global Legal Empowerment Network convened by Namati comprises 4,000+ lawyers, community paralegals, human rights activists and grassroots organizers, researchers, journalists, and public servants. Together we are building a movement, working to make justice a reality for the 4 billion global citizens who live outside the law. With a mission to develop and share ways to advance justice, we are dedicated to learning across regions, across cultures, and across disciplines. The network enables us to meet other experts and practitioners from around the world; access practical tools, the latest research, and pro bono services; and join global workshops and learning exchanges. The Network also coordinates a collaboration between Namati, International Senior Lawyers Project, and Avaaz called “Lawyers for Resource Justice.” The project pairs grassroots organizations in need of legal assistance with international lawyers who can provide customized legal support, advice, training and leverage in international jurisdictions.

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About the Fellowship

With the aim of growing and strengthen the network, the Network team is deepening work at the regional level. In Latin America, after holding a Legal Empowerment learning exchange, we are working to increase member engagement:  organizing online and in person activities, gathering materials in Spanish and researching about legal empowerment practices in the region. The Network Fellow for Latin America will support the researching and mapping of organizations and institutions working on access to justice and legal empowerment in the Latin America region.


Illustrative responsibilities will include-

  • Working alongside the Latin America Lead, provide feedback and review legal empowerment case studies prepared by participants of the regional learning exchange (those case studies will be part of a publication).
  • Provide research support on access to justice and legal empowerment policies in Latin America.
  • Support the design of webinars on diverse subjects of interest for Global Network members from the region.
  • Upload and curate materials (primarily in Spanish) to the world’s largest collection of tools, research, and impact evidence on legal empowerment.  
  • Review Spanish/English translations for accuracy.


About you/must-haves for the position

  • Commitment to excellence: You are a mature, organized, and proactive current law or graduate student known for producing high quality content on deadline. You are an experienced researcher skilled with analysis and investigation, and your creative edge and entrepreneurial approach to learning set you apart.
  • Exceptional communication skills: Your English and Spanish written and verbal communications evidence clarity of thought and sharpness of analysis.
  • A global outlook: You are comfortable - and have experience - working with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
  • Creative, relentless problem-solver:  It’s in your nature to work tirelessly on a problem -- you don’t rest until you’ve identified the optimal solution. And although careful planning and execution define your work, when challenges arise you quickly reorient and identify the best new course of action.
  • Collaborative and service-oriented: You greet everyone you encounter with a collaborative spirit, kindness, and empathy. You are known as a team-player who brings an “all hands on deck” mindset to all projects -- you’re happy to contribute however you can to advance our mission.
  • Growth-oriented: You’re always seeking to better yourself and your work, and you will push yourself to the peak of performance to help fulfill our mission. In service of that growth, you welcome and delight in feedback from supervisors, peers, and anyone else.


About Namati

Namati is dedicated to placing the power of law in the hands of people.

For billions of people around the world, the law is broken. It’s an abstraction -- or worse, a threat -- but not something we can use to exercise our basic rights.

Namati is building a global movement of grassroots advocates who empower people to understand, use, and shape the law. These “barefoot lawyers” form a dynamic, creative frontline that can squeeze justice out of even broken systems.  

In the past four years, Namati and our partners have worked with over 65,000 clients to take on some of the greatest challenges of our times: protecting community lands, enforcing environmental law, and securing basic rights to healthcare and citizenship.

We track data on every case and use that information to advocate for systemic changes, like better policies for land governance in Liberia, environmental regulation in India, and healthcare delivery in Mozambique.

And we're joining forces for change. Namati convenes the Global Legal Empowerment Network -- over 1000 groups and 4,000 individuals from 150 countries learning from one another and bringing justice to communities in every part of the world.

Our work has gained recognition. Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network were recognized with the prestigious Skoll Award in 2016. Honoring CEO Vivek Maru as a fellow, Ashoka called ours the “best law-for-all model we’ve seen.” We’ve been published and featured in the Guardian, the New York Times, and Forbes. And we’ve had some hefty supporters, including an advisory board with leaders like Amartya Sen, Mo Ibrahim, Fazle Abed, and Madeleine Albright.

As we move into our next phase, we’re growing our global team of passionate, results-oriented, big-hearted advocates, united by a common mission and a strong culture:

  • Our mission is our North Star. It’s why we all wake up every day. We pour our hearts into this work.
  • We’re innovators and changemakers. We are a young, energetic social enterprise and we know that our work is urgent. We believe in being nimble and doing what works.
  • Our work makes real, tangible, measurable progress in people’s lives. We take abstract concepts – rule of law and human rights – and make them concrete, helping people find solutions that improve their lives every day.
  • We walk our talk. Our movement is about legal empowerment and we bring this spirit of empowerment and collaboration to all our partnerships. We hold humility as a core value: we lead when necessary and follow when necessary.
  • We are a truly global organization. Our offices are located in Delhi, Freetown, Maputo, Washington DC, and Yangon, and our staff come from all corners of the world. We are united by our common mission.
  • We see our people as our most valuable resource. We bring on individuals of the highest caliber and character and we mentor, train, and support our staff.  
  • We hold one another in the highest esteem. Our work relationships are built on deep abiding respect and love.

For more about what it’s like to work at Namati, please see our Cultural Principles.

We would love to have you on our team. Please join us.



Pending existing legal eligibility, the fellows can either work out of one of our offices in Washington, DC; New Delhi, India; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Yangon, Myanmar; Maputo, Mozambique; or we will also consider remote working arrangements on a case by case basis.


Compensation & Fellowship Lengths

This is an unpaid, part-time or full-time position requiring a minimum of 10 weeks’ commitment. We are flexible with the start date.

Please note at this time we are only able to accept applications from individuals whose fellowship will be paid for through independent fellowship funding.  While we do recognize that interested interns/fellows may approach us during the process of actively applying for external sources of funding, due to the high volume of interest in our opportunities we look for our finalists to demonstrate that they can be resourceful and creative in securing funding and will not make excessive requests of our teams for support.


To Apply

Please complete our online application form, ensuring you upload a cover letter, CV, and 2 writing samples - one in English, and one in Spanish. Namati values clarity, specificity, succinctness, and authenticity in writing.

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