Partnerships and Engagement Fellowship

Remote | Part-time | Fully remote


Namati advances social and environmental justice by building a movement of people to know, use, and shape the law.

Namati works in partnership with community paralegals — sometimes known as “grassroots advocates” or “barefoot lawyers” — in six countries. The paralegals support their communities to protect common lands, enforce environmental law, and secure basic rights to healthcare and citizenship. Together with the communities we serve, we strive to translate the lessons from this grassroots experience into positive, large-scale changes to laws and systems.

Globally, Namati convenes the Legal Empowerment Network, more than 2,500 groups from 160 countries who are learning from one another and collaborating on common challenges. This community successfully advocated for the incorporation of justice into the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. 

Namati is searching for a current graduate or law student who is excited to bring new partners, allies, and financial resources into the global legal empowerment movement. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in supporting and growing global movements.

Responsibilities of the Fellow include: 

  • Lead research and support outreach efforts to engage potential financial and strategic partners for Namati and the field of legal empowerment
  • Create comprehensive briefings to support field-wide financing and advocacy efforts
  • Monitor traditional and social media for relevant developments; create a compelling newsletter for those interested in grassroots justice and legal empowerment
  • Attend meetings and take excellent notes; own all follow-up from the meetings


Here’s what you might have worked on in the last week:

  • Conduct research on the environmental and social risk management assessment practices of leading development finance institutions
  • Help organize online events in support of Namati’s partnership with Global Citizen and its Recovery Plan for the World campaign
  • Identify unique content that illustrates legal empowerment in action that is read by 6,000+ people
  • Draft a memo that makes a business case for creating a multi-stakeholder mechanism to finance independent legal and technical support of investment-affected communities
  • Identify and estimate tangible and intangible global land investment costs using comprehensive project databases


About You:

  • Curious: You consider yourself a bit of a generalist whose creative edge and entrepreneurial approach to learning sets you apart. You’re a quick study who excels at learning to do things  you’ve never done before. 
  • 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.
  • Mission-alignment: You have previous experience, or demonstrated interest, in human rights public policy, advocacy, or a related field. You’re genuinely committed to Namati’s mission and are driven to make an impact.
  • 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 
  • Skilled with communication: Your written and verbal communications demonstrate both clarity of thought, analysis and sensitivity to audience and context.
  • 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.



This position is open to any location in the United States. Due to COVID-19, Namati remains a remote-first organization for the foreseeable future and until further notice. 


Compensation & Fellowship Length

This is a part or full-time position through the end of 2021.

Please note at this time we are only able to accept applications from individuals whose fellowship will be paid for through their schooling (e.g. experiential learning for academic credit) or independent fellowship funding (e.g., scholarships, university provided fellowship funding), and we’re unable to make significant changes to the scope of this fellowship based on individual funding requirements.

As appropriate, we’re happy to work with you and your institution so you can receive academic credit for this fellowship. 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


To Apply

Please complete our online application form. Interested candidates should submit their applications by September 17th, 2021. No phone calls, please. Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


Please note we strongly prefer your application materials (resume and cover letter) to be uploaded in one PDF.