Director of Global Learning & Practice at Namati

About Namati

In a world where billions of people live outside the protection of the law, Namati is dedicated to putting the law in people’s hands. We’re building a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who work with communities to advance justice. These advocates are fighting on the front lines to ensure that people can protect their land, access essential services, and take part in the decisions that govern their lives.

We draw on that grassroots experience to seek large-scale structural changes – we have already achieved policy changes that affect millions of people in multiple countries.  And our ambitions don’t end at the national level – our global campaign for internationally agreed justice targets has been endorsed by 260 organizations and four former Heads of State.

As we move into our next phase of development we’re growing a global team of passionate, results-oriented, and big-hearted advocates. We are united by a common mission and a strong culture. And we have some hefty supporters, including an advisory board with leaders like Amartya Sen, Mo Ibrahim, Fazle Abed, and Madeleine Albright.

We’re just beginning.  Please consider joining us.

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About the position

As the Director of Global Learning and Practice, you’ll support Namati’s CEO in managing our diverse portfolio of legal empowerment efforts, and in fostering organizational learning across Namati.  Robust, continuous learning is essential to Namati’s fulfillment of our mission: we intentionally design our direct implementation efforts as innovation labs, generating cutting-edge insights while we also solve problems on the front lines. This learning includes evidence on where and how paralegals can be effective at resolving injustices but also, crucially, more granular, methodological insight on how to maximize their impact.

The “why” of legal empowerment work is clear: many of the most pressing questions in our field are the “hows.” To answer these kinds of questions, we draw on the rigorous data tracked by our paralegals on every case. Paralegals and supervisors record a wide variety of data for each client matter, including the methods used (e.g. advocacy, mobilization, mediation), client participation (e.g. how many women spoke at the last community meeting), institutions engaged (e.g. district health officer, coastal zone management authority), and remedies obtained (a boundary conflict resolved, a birth certificate received).

This person will monitor and distill evidence across programs, generating high-level insights about best practices for paralegal programs and identifying program design adjustments that can optimize impact.We will use the learning developed by our new DGLP to improve our own grassroots implementation programs, and we will also disseminate the information across our Global Legal Empowerment Network.

Your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Support the CEO and COO to continually align performance with program-specific goals and the Namati-wide strategic plan.

  • Work closely with the CEO, Program Directors, and Principal Investigator to ensure that we are continuously using data from all of our efforts to get better at what we do.

  • Identify and test two to three key innovations related to paralegals within or across teams.

  • With help from our Principal Investigator, support Namati-wide learning by helping us shed light on fundamental questions like: how can grassroots advocates overcome enormous power imbalances between small scale farmers and large-scale investors? What are the best techniques for ensuring the consistency and quality of grassroots legal empowerment efforts? What is the best way to ensure that legal empowerment efforts are accountable to the communities they serve?   

  • Share learnings with our global network and the wider public through writing (guidance notes for practitioners, policy briefs, academic articles, popular essays) and presentations.

  • Work with Namati teams to explore and test options for diversifying revenue for legal empowerment, including client contributions, domestic government funding, and social enterprise.

Here’s what you might have tackled in the past week:

  • Facilitated a quarterly meeting with our Right to Health team and CEO to assess progress against goals for the year.

  • Drafted a report on models for supervision and support of frontline advocates, based on learning from across all Namati programs.  

  • Worked with the COO to help forecast  growth in key program areas in order to support financial planning for the 36-month period.

  • Reviewed 2015 Q4 data in preparation for a meeting of land and environmental justice team leaders  regarding trends across the portfolio.

  • Set up meetings and field visits with the CEO to explore entry points for Namati’s engagement in the United States.

  • Draft an op ed for the CEO on how public financing can be structured to protect the independence of legal empowerment advocates.

About You/Must Haves for the position

  • Track record of getting results: You bring 7+ years’ program management/implementation experience that demonstrates you are a strategic, dynamic leader who makes things happen. You’re great with budgets and logistics and enjoy figuring out how to get things done. Experience in legal empowerment and/or one of our thematic program areas is a big plus, as is on-the-ground experience in the regions where we work.

  • Data orientation: You have a demonstrated fluency with performance metrics and data analytics, and the ability to utilize data to inform long-range planning.

  • Exceptional communication skills: Your written and verbal communications evidence clarity of thought and sharpness of analysis. You’re known for producing high quality content on deadline. 

  • Efficiency and organization: You’re highly organized and manage complex processes confidently and efficiently. You know how to work with input from a variety of stakeholders, while maintaining control, scope, and timeliness.  

  • 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 deeply committed to Namati’s mission and 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.

Job title: Director of Global Learning & Practice

Location: It is our strong preference for this position to be based out of our global offices in Washington DC, USA; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Maputo, Mozambique; Yangon, Myanmar; New Delhi, India; or Oakland, CA USA.  In exceptional cases we may consider remote working arrangements.

Closing date: Rolling applications