Fall 2018 Global Programs Fellowship

Washington DC, USA

About the Fellowship

Namati’s mission is to build a robust, evidence-based global movement for legal empowerment. Rigorous analysis of case data is essential to Namati’s fulfillment of our mission: we intentionally design our direct implementation programs as innovation labs, generating cutting-edge insights while we also solve problems on the front lines.

Namati’s Global Programs team supports our CEO in generating comparative learning across Namati programs, drawing on data and experiences from the variety of contexts and thematic areas in which we work. The Global Programs Fellow will work alongside the CEO and Global Programs team to help generate high-level insights about best practices in legal empowerment. These learnings will shape both our own work as well as our ongoing conversations with thousands of practitioners worldwide via the Global Legal Empowerment Network.

Illustrative responsibilities of the Global Programs Fellow include-

  • Assisting the CEO and Global Programs team to handle tough cases, identify and document innovation, and assess new opportunities. Recent examples include:
    • Supporting communities in rural Sierra Leone negotiating a lease agreement with a foreign palm oil company by researching potential lease provisions that would prevent and mitigate environmental harm;
    • Researching environmental justice challenges in the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia) to help Namati scope an entry point for legal empowerment in the United States;
    • Analyzing feedback data collected through the new global client follow-up instrument.
  • Supporting Namati leadership members in researching and writing publications, including academic articles, columns in the popular press, and resources for practitioners. Recent examples include:
    • The forthcoming practitioner’s guide on statutory recognition of paralegals;
    • A recently released Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) legal paper co-authored by Namati’s Sierra Leone Program Director and an FAO legal specialist analyzing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests framework in the context of National Food Security;
    • A paper by our CEO and Right to Health Program Director on Namati’s experience with legal empowerment and the right to health in Mozambique recently accepted for publication in the Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal.
  • Providing other support to the Global Programs team in line with priority projects for the organization.


Must-Haves/About You:

  • Committed to excellence: You are a mature, organized, and proactive current law or graduate student known for producing high quality content on deadline. Your work is always error-free and you enjoy a deep sense satisfaction upon successful completion of any project or task you tackle
  • Aptitude for investigation and analysis: You have a demonstrated track record of skilled research and writing. Your creative edge and entrepreneurial approach to learning set you apart.
  • A 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. You’re well-regarded for your ability to make reasoned decisions, even in the face of limited or conflicting information.
  • Flexible and independent: Although careful planning and execution define your work, you are positive and graceful when unexpected challenges arise. You thrive when working independently with minimal direct supervision.
  • 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, Nairobi, 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.


Compensation & Fellowship Lengths

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 submit a cover letter, CV, and a recent writing sample. 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/fk0fzm8?apply=true