Namati is looking for a Program Associate for our Citizenship Program (May 2016)

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you to all who applied.

Namati is looking for a Program Associate to support our multi-country Citizenship Program. This will be a temporary staff position with an initial period of nine months, with the potential to become a regular employee after that time. If you are an organized, dynamic self-starter, we hope you will consider joining us.

Please note you must already be eligible to work in Kenya to be considered for this position.

###About Namati’s Citizenship Program

Paralegals associated with our Citizenship Program are recruited from historically stateless communities who have citizenship in law but continue to face government discrimination in their attempts to acquire or use legal identity documents. Namati paralegals assist fellow members of the Bihari/Urdu-speaking community in Bangladesh and the Nubian community in Kenya with the acquisition of legal identity documents, educating clients on the law and building their confidence to interact with government in the process. Paralegals also carefully track each case in order to build evidence of how clients experience the administrative system and how discrimination affects the process. This data is used for advocacy to improve the laws and systems related to nationality and registration.

Since 2013, paralegals have secured 3,300+ identity documents (birth certificates, ID cards, passports) for members of these communities. Namati’s Citizenship Program is now moving into a new phase - supporting new partners in Kenya take the paralegal approach to communities like Kenyan Somalis, developing robust advocacy campaigns in both countries, publishing our lessons and experience, and providing support for new paralegal initiatives within the Syrian refugee community in Jordan and Lebanon.

###About the position

We are seeking an organized, self-starting Program Associate to support Namati’s Citizenship Program team, based in Nairobi but working across all program countries/sites. Responsibilities will be dynamic based on the varied needs of the team and will include conducting research, writing and editing, administrative support, correspondence and outreach, organizing travel and event logistics, and other special projects. The successful candidate will also play a role in supporting grassroots partners to improve data quality and management as well as participating in analyses for program learning and advocacy. Overall, the Program Associate will be expected to take initiative, pay careful attention to detail, and establish systems where needed to meet the needs of a growing organization and office.

###Here’s what you might have tackled last week:

  • Spending a half-day with a partner organization’s team to build new checks for data errors into the existing paralegal database system.

  • Sending introductory emails to two new fundraising leads to explain Namati’s work and request a meeting.

  • Conducting research on funders who might support Namati’s approach to citizenship.

  • Scheduling calls between Namati colleagues and several partners to plan for an upcoming joint advocacy meeting.

  • Researching new and rising actors using paralegals to address citizenship and/or access to legal identity legal empowerment, and reaching out to them to bring them into our community.

For more information or to apply, please visit this link.