2018 Global Advocacy Fellowship

Washington DC

A detail-oriented advocate with fresh and innovative ideas who will help drive policy change at the national and global level.


About the Fellowship:

The Advocacy Fellow will play a key role in supporting Namati's global and country-level campaigning and advocacy objectives.

Illustrative responsibilities include-

  • Drafting research and policy papers for meetings and researching various government entities and engagement strategies.
  • Supporting research and advocacy on financing justice services, protection, and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the roll out and promotion of an upcoming global advocacy campaign - utilizing blogs, webinars, social media, and other platforms to get the word out.
  • Facilitating and coordinating online events that increase advocacy and engagement of the Global Legal Empowerment Network.
  • Translating data to ensure that messaging around our reports and resources are suitable for multiple stakeholders and audiences.
  • Actively researching and supporting potential engagement strategies with bilateral donors/
  • Providing additional research assistance to the CEO for live programmatic or organizational questions as they arise.  


About You/Must-Haves for the Fellowship:

  • Mission-alignment: You have previous experience, or a vested interest in human rights public policy, advocacy or a related field. You’re genuinely committed to Namati’s mission and driven to make an impact.
  • Commitment to excellence: You are a mature, organized, and proactive current or recently graduated graduate or law 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 written and verbal communications evidence clarity of thought and sharpness of analysis.
  • Flexible and adaptable: Although careful planning and execution define your work, you are positive and graceful when unexpected challenges arise. You quickly reorient and identify the best new course of action.
  • A global outlook: You are comfortable - and have experience - working with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
  • 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.



Washington, DC. We will consider remote working arrangements on a case by case basis.


Compensation & Fellowship Length

Namati’s fellowships are part or full-time positions requiring a minimum of 12 weeks’ commitment (we are flexible with start dates).

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. Namati values clarity, specificity, succinctness, and authenticity in writing.

Please note we strongly prefer for your application materials (cover letter, CV, and writing samples) to be uploaded in one PDF.

Apply for this opening at http://namati.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0fpq8?apply=true