2018 Global Network Fellowship

Washington DC or New York City

An analytical mind with a passion for justice who will help us understand and respond to the needs of our Network.


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.

Learn more at: www.namati.org/network.


About the Fellowship

Namati is searching for a current or recently graduated law or graduate student who will support the improvement and expansion of the Lawyers for Resource Justice (LRJ) initiative as well as provide direct research and writing support to the Network team and Network members.


Overall, the Global Network Fellow will be responsible for the following-

Support to Lawyers for Resource Justice initiative

  • Conducting research around referral networks for large-scale development cases involving international financing.
  • Assisting with case intake and management.
  • Conducting preliminary investigation and legal research into potential cases.
  • Directly interacting with community representatives applying for assistance.

Research and writing

  • Designing resource guides and tutorials relating to key challenges facing our members – for example, dealing with cases of gender-based violence, evaluating the impact of legal empowerment programs, or exploring sustainable revenue streams.
  • Investigating the status and implementation of national legal aid frameworks, models for scaling up community paralegal services, laws relating to land ownership, natural resource management, statelessness/citizenship rights, and other live programmatic or organizational questions as they arise.

Network member engagement and support

  • Interviewing network members and writing in-depth case studies to document their experiences, results of which may help advocate with governments, major development institutions, donors, and civil society actors, while garnering recognition of cutting edge legal empowerment work.
  • Engaging with members on our community discussion forum on substantive topics.
  • Provide other support to the Global Network, as needed.


Must-Haves/About You

  • 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 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 1,000 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.


Compensation & Fellowship Length

This is a part or full-time position 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/fk0fvxk?apply=true