Legal and Compliance Counsel - US (Short-Term)

Location: United States (Remote)

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 network of organizations 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 250 outstanding colleagues operate in nearly two dozen countries around the world.  Learn more about our mission and values at www.IDinsight.org.  

About the Legal and Compliance Counsel -US (Short-Term) role

The Legal and Compliance 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 Legal and Compliance Counsel 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 Legal and Compliance Counsel will need to build consensus across a variety of stakeholders, assign activities, monitor execution and evaluate results. 


    • Contracting: Review and negotiate contracts across the IDinsight network including grant agreements, service agreements, MOUs, Data License Agreements, and other agreements required from time to time. 
    • Subsidiary Management: Maintain subsidiary corporate governance matters and ensures subsidiary legal and regulatory compliance
    • General Legal Advisory: Provide advice on routine legal matters that are applicable to the network, including employment law, immigration,intellectual property, data privacy, etc.
    • Systems: Contribute to developing new systems and processes to meet the growing needs of of the network including training and guidelines, as needed
  • Other Legal Projects -As assigned from time to time


  • Law Degree and admitted to practice and in good standing in at least one U.S. jurisdiction
  • Minimum of  5 years of progressively responsible legal experience within the United States or with an organization with U.S. legal and compliance issues, preferably in-house with an international nonprofit organization or corporation, or an international law firm
  • 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;
  • Experience with most or all of the following areas of law: tax-exempt organizations, transactional law, employment law, intellectual property, data privacy and security, tax and corporate governance and/or willingness to quickly develop proficiency in any areas of deficit; 
  • Demonstrated track record as a self-starter and leader, including comfort with ambiguity and dynamic environments and work streams;
  • Critical thinker with demonstrated problem solving skills with strong research capabilities
  • Strong communicator in multiple fora (written communications, public speaking, teamwork and upward management)with the ability to explain complex legal issues clearly and concisely to non-lawyers and to effectively liaise with senior leadership;
  • Strong ability to maintain integrity and confidentiality in complex situations, and handle sensitive information, data, and issues with mature and discreet professionalism;
  • Willingness to roll up sleeves and handle all aspects of an organization's legal needs from routine tasks to high level strategy discussions with the executive team
  • Passionate about global development and social impact;
  • Experience working in  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. IDinsight teammates 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 is based in the United States (remote). 

Start date

The start date of this position is as soon as possible, with preference for candidates that can start immediately. We expect an initial term of 6 months.

Work authorization

IDinsight is not able to sponsor work authorization for this role. Successful candidates will not require IDinsight to sponsor their work authorization in the office in which they'll be based.


The salary band for this role in the US is $35,500 - $41,300 for six months total. For candidates in New York City or San Francisco, the salary band is $42,000 - $48,400 for six months total.

Our compensation strategy is driven by market data, ensuring competitive and region-specific remuneration for our employees. We aim to maintain competitive compensation when benchmarked to social sector markets in the geographic locations where IDinsight team members are based. While we can’t be competitive with leading private sector companies, we seek to compete with similar mission-driven, social sector organizations. We recognize that while we compete in compensation and benefit levels, we also compete in terms of organizational culture, opportunities for professional growth, and other non-monetary factors. 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; technology and work from home stipends; a professional development budget; and more.

How to apply

Please click the "Apply for this job online" button at the top right. Applications are rolling and considered as they are submitted. 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

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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