Project Manager, Legal and Compliance

Location: India, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Philippines, United States, or Zambia

About IDinsight

We amplify social impact by partnering with leaders to develop tailored solutions. Our mission is to use data and evidence to help leaders combat poverty worldwide.

IDinsight is a mission-driven global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps global development leaders maximize their social impact. We tailor a wide range of data and evidence tools, including randomized evaluations and machine learning, to help decision-makers design effective programs and rigorously test what works to support communities. We work with governments, multilateral agencies, foundations, and innovative non-profit organizations in Asia and Africa. Our work spans a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, education, health, governance, sanitation, financial inclusion, and other areas.

We have expertise in a variety of rigorous approaches and methodologies, which we tailor to each client depending on their needs and constraints. To achieve a positive social impact we:

  • Support clients’ use of data and evidence for routine and major decision-making.
  • Inform funding decisions – toward high-impact initiatives and away from less effective programs or approaches.
  • Create and share tools, knowledge, and ideas that expand the use of data and evidence for social good.

Our diverse, growing team of roughly 180 outstanding colleagues operate in nearly two dozen countries around the world.  Learn more about our mission and values at www.IDinsight.org.  

About the Project Manager, Legal and Compliance role

Our Legal team is responsible for providing comprehensive and proactive legal support to the IDinsight network to ensure compliance with legal requirements and to reduce exposure to legal risk. The Project Manager, Legal and Compliance will be responsible for managing complex projects and external relationships in a fast-paced environment. This role will lead meetings, need to exhibit effective and clear communication, and manage the full project lifecycle for legal and compliance related projects. The Project Manager, Legal and Compliance will need to build consensus across a variety of stakeholders, assign activities, monitor execution and evaluate results. 

Key Responsibilities

This role will report to the General Counsel based in the Washington, D.C area but will support teammates across all of IDinsight’s offices around the world (India, Kenya, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, United States, and Zambia). The Project Manager, Legal and Compliance will be responsible for the following workstreams: 

Leading IDinsight’s Data Security Efforts

  • Leading IDinsight’s privacy impact assessment across all IDinsight subsidiaries
  • Determining what efforts are required to be compliant in said locations (e.g. registration, training, etc.)
  • Owning IDinsight’s data retention policy, updating on an annual basis, and ensuring internal processes meet the necessary requirements 

Coordinating IDinsight’s Global Compliance Workstreams

  • Coordinating a global compliance team based on ongoing legal audits for each subsidiary
  • Coordinating compliance assessments, identifying gaps in compliance efforts, determining necessary actions to address gaps, and tracking remediation

Developing IDinsight’s Subsidiary Governance Practices

  • Leading a global policy review team to ensure all IDinsight subsidiaries are meeting policy requirements according to local laws and global policy 
  • Coordinating governance reporting for each IDinsight subsidiary

Other Legal and Compliance Projects 

  • Leading other legal and compliance projects and initiatives as they arrive to build consensus and meet stated objectives
  • Driving standardization of legal compliance activities and initiatives to provide efficient and effective service to IDinsight project teams and leadership teams
  • Developing a continuous improvement approach to supporting all internal and external constituencies to further improve legal and compliance efforts across the organization


The right candidate must be intellectually curious, a fast learner, and able to move quickly while keeping focused on what matters most. This role requires excellent customer service skills and a keen appreciation for the sensitivity and confidentiality of the work.  We are looking for a hardworking and self-motivated individual and someone who is able to see the big picture and incorporate problem solving, critical thinking and tactical execution into their daily work. We expect an ideal candidate to have the following qualifications.:

  • 3-6 years of professional experience in a people operations, legal, compliance, human resources, international-development role or any role with experience managing regulatory and compliance matters
  • Detail- and execution- oriented, able to take a task from high-level strategic idea to rapid execution with a large amount of autonomy and conscientiousness;
  • Demonstrated track record as a self-starter and leader, including comfort with ambiguity and dynamic environments and work streams;
  • Strong communicator in multiple fora (written communications, public speaking, teamwork and upward management);
  • Strong ability to maintain integrity and confidentiality in complex situations, and handle sensitive information, data, and issues with mature and discreet professionalism;
  • Professional certifications or equivalent experience working in Privacy, Project Management, or Information Governance (or related fields) is a plus;
  • Expertise in project management software, office tools (Microsoft Office, G Suite), business intelligence/visualization applications, and collaboration tools; 
  • Experience working with international, cross-cultural, and diverse teams.

Professional development

Skill and career development are core to IDinsight's values and long-term impact strategy, and have been noted highlights of teammates’ experiences. IDinsighters receive significant mentorship from IDinsight leadership, support from talented peers, and are given considerable autonomy when ready. They maintain professional development plans and are given "stretch" opportunities designed to strengthen a variety of skills. Real-time feedback is embedded in our culture and formal structure enables maximum professional growth. Additionally, teammates have access to an annual professional development stipend that they are encouraged to utilize to explore their career interests and develop their skills.

Nuts & bolts


This position can be based in any of IDinsight’s offices (India, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Philippines, and Zambia). It is also eligible to be based remotely in the United States. Preference will be given to those with pre-existing work authorization in these countries; however, IDInsight will seek work permits where possible for exceptional candidates in all countries except for the United States. 

Start date

The start date of this position is as soon as possible with an expected start date timeline in August 2022. We expect a two-year minimum commitment, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.

Work authorization

IDinsight is able to sponsor employment visas for all nationalities in these locations except the United States; however, we will prioritize candidates who do not require IDinsight to sponsor work authorization in the aforementioned countries. All candidates who are not currently located in our country offices listed above will be expected to relocate to their office locations at the onset of their employment. 


Compensation and benefits are commensurate with the qualifications and experiences IDinsight is hiring for, and competitive within the global development sector. We are especially proud of the people-focused benefits we offer including comprehensive international health insurance, including mental health coverage; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; relocation benefits; a travel stipend; technology and work from home stipends; a professional development budget; and more.

Please note, as a non-profit, we are unable to provide compensation similar to leading private sector organizations. 

How to apply

Please click the "Apply for this job online" button at the top right. Applications are due 10 July 2022. The application asks various questions in order for us to get to know you, and requires a CV and cover letter

Please ensure that your CV includes relevant professional and personal experience as well as details on academic qualifications. CVs can range from one to two pages. Please note, headshot photographs, parental details, birth dates, marital status and other personal information not relevant to the application do not need to be included in your CV. Additionally, we strongly encourage you to use your cover letter to highlight why you want to work for IDinsight specifically, and what has prepared you to succeed in the role you’re applying for. A customized cover letter is an important part of IDinsight’s recruiting process as it allows us to understand your motivations for the position, relevant skills, and clarity of writing.

More information, including details on IDinsight’s hiring process and frequently asked questions, can be found online at IDinsight Careers. Any questions should be directed to careers@IDinsight.org

IDinsight’s commitment to reducing power asymmetries

IDinsight is committed to reducing power asymmetries in the social sector. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion reflects our understanding of the need for the sector to abandon unhealthy practices of the past. We wish to be part of a new generation of international NGOs who are honest about this history and transparent about our role in the present. Our commitment is also aligned with the impact of our work. 

We seek a workforce that is inclusive of a variety of perspectives that will help us refine and improve our methods and relationships, and strengthen the services we provide our clients and their communities or constituencies. The following commitments represent our vision for the IDinsight team:

  1. IDinsight will have greater representation from the populations with whom we work and clients we serve.
  2. IDinsight will have greater representation from the countries in which we work.
  3. Across all countries in which we recruit, we will seek greater representation from historically excluded communities.
  4. IDinsight will foster an inclusive work culture that empowers a diverse team to do their best work.

IDinsight is committed to non-discrimination in our recruitment, employment practices, and organizational culture, regardless of people’s age, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.


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