Accion International

  • Legal Fellow

    Location : City Cambridge
    Posted Date 1 month ago(10/17/2018 10:31 AM)
    Job ID
    Accion International
  • Overview

    Accion International is seeking a Legal Fellow who will be responsible for assisting in-house legal staff in the following: drafting and negotiating contracts, researching employment law matters, assisting in the provision of advice to internal clients, and for providing general support to the Legal Department in areas of law as needed.  S/he would also be responsible for certain compliance-related tasks regarding the development and maintenance of, and training on, organizational policies and procedures. The ideal candidate would be looking to gain legal and compliance experience within the context of international development and financial inclusion and would have the ability to manage multiple projects with urgent deadlines with a sense of humor.


    Contract Management 

    • Assist in all aspects of contract negotiation, including: drafting contracts, providing advice to internal clients and management, tracking contract execution processes, and safekeeping  electronic and physical agreements;
    • Assist with management of control tools to mitigate legal risks associated with contract negotiation;
    • Assist in expanding the infrastructure of the Legal Department, which includes drafting and reviewing template legal documents for the organization; and
    • Assist with training of staff in use of template legal documents and related procedures, as well as other legal topics.

    Policy and Procedures

    • Assist Staff Attorney in ensuring that policy and procedure documentation is up to date and maintained by key policy and process owners throughout Accion;
    • Support maintenance of database of all organization-wide policies and procedural documents, including version control and policy owners; and
    • Support policy owners by assisting with regular review, updates, training and refreshers are completed annually and as necessary.

    Other Duties

    • Assist in advising on employment matters, including global deployment of staff members;
    • Research specific questions of law relevant to Accion’s global activities;
    • Assist in supporting investment transactions, including reviewing and editing underlying documentation;
    • Assist in the development of training materials and coordination and presentation of training for Accion employees; and
    • Draft and assist with preparation of memos and presentations.


    • JD from a U.S. law school and actively seeking admission to a bar in the United States;  
    • Excellent organizational skills and very strong attention to detail;
    • Demonstrated written and oral English language skills and ability to communicate effectively;
    • Ability to work both as a team member and independently;
    • Interest in employment and not-for-profit law, domestic and international economic development matters.
    • Excellent at multi-tasking with a positive, can-do attitude.
    • Interested in our mission and working globally.
    • Willingness to embody our values of excellence, respect and passion for social change.
      • Excellence: Accion staff should always put forth their best effort in all activities, strive for high quality of collective and individual performance; and demonstrate honesty and integrity at all times while in the workplace and while working on behalf of the organization.
      • Respect: Accion staff should value one another’s roles and responsibilities as much as their own, be encouraging, and value the diverse and unique perspectives of colleagues. They should honor obligations and commitments to each other and to external partners.
      • Passion for Social Change: Accion staff should be committed to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, value the greater good of the organization over personal gain, and promote a productive workplace by acknowledging the accomplishments of others.


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