Namati Campaigns & Advocacy Officer

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

An experienced, passionate advocate who will help Namati develop and deliver successful campaign strategies for improving global access to justice.

About the position
In 2015, Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network led a successful advocacy campaign calling for access to justice to be included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was the first time that the global community recognized access to justice as essential for peace, inclusive growth, and sustainable development. Now with populism and authoritarianism on the rise, we face challenges in translating these goals to real life. For many people, their ability to access justice is increasingly under threat.

Namati is searching for a big-hearted advocate who will help us develop, deliver, and implement successful wins across our global legal empowerment portfolio for an initial period of one year. Reporting to Namati’s Policy Director, and working closely with Namati’s program teams and Global Legal Empowerment Network members, the Campaigns and Advocacy Officer will be responsible for the following:
Developing and adapting Namati’s current policy positions on extending and financing access to justice for multiple audiences, including governments and grassroots organizations.
Forging and fostering meaningful relationships with partners and working closely and collaboratively with members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network to advance common advocacy goals.
Adapting advocacy resources to cater to the diverse needs of global network members, for example, training materials and campaign tools.
Supporting Namati’s partners who are working on national policy reforms, for example, by helping draft policy papers and organizing advocacy meetings.
Supporting our policy director and global programs team to evaluate and continuously learn from our experience with advocacy campaigns.
Providing additional support to Namati’s advocacy work at the global and program level as needed.

Here’s what you might have tackled in the past week:
Held a call with a lead network member in the Philippines to provide guidance on developing a regional campaign and advocacy strategy on transitional justice in the Asia Pacific.
Hosted a training webinar with Namati’s Policy Director on advocacy and the SDGs, facilitating an online Q&A with participants from the Global Legal Empowerment Network and general public.
Attended a meeting in in New York for the United Nations Statistical Commission with senior ranking politicians and diplomats to advocate for increased global financing for access to justice.
Contributed to research and writing for a policy paper on increasing access to justice developed by a partner organization in Nigeria.
Drafted a feasibility report to be presented to Namati’s leadership team on developing a new global advocacy campaign.

About You/Must Haves for the position
Track record of work on campaigns: You have 3-5 years’ experience in campaign project work involving a combination of digital organizing, non-violent direct action, public communication/engagement, and media. Educational background in International Development/International Relations or a related field a plus.
Aptitude for investigation and analysis: You have a demonstrated track record of skilled research and writing. You can rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources to create evidence-based policy positions.
Commitment to excellence: You are a mature, organized, detail-oriented, and proactive professional known for producing high quality content on deadline. You produce some of your best work when working independently with minimal direct supervision. You have high standards for the look of any product that passes through your hands.
Exceptional communication skills: You have demonstrable experience engaging with diverse communities and are an outstanding communicator across a variety of channels. You are a “people person” with strong interpersonal skills and an intuitive sense of how to build and maintain strong, personable relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders, tailoring your work style as needed.
A global outlook: You are comfortable – and have experience – working with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. You are willing and available to travel internationally as part of your work.
Mission orientation and drive: It’s in your nature to work tirelessly on a problem until you’ve seen the solution through to your complete satisfaction. You’re genuinely committed to Namati’s mission and eager to put the law in people’s hands. You are driven to make an impact.
Growth mindset: 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, reports, 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 40,000 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 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, Oakland, 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.

Commensurate with experience. This is a temporary staff position with an initial one year assignment.

We’d strongly prefer for the position to be based at one of our global offices: Washington DC, USA; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Maputo, Mozambique; Yangon, Myanmar; or New Delhi, India.

To apply
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, however, candidates are encouraged to apply by April 28th. Note we strongly prefer for all of your materials to be uploaded as one PDF. Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the job posting in your application.

No phone calls please. Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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