Summer 2023 Fellow: N/A

Office Description

Landesa, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Seattle, works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people – those 2.47 billion chiefly rural people who live on less than two dollars a day. Landesa works with communities, NGOs, corporations, and governments on land-related programs that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice. Landesa places special emphasis on establishing and protecting land rights for women and inheritance rights for girls.

Landesa employs a staff of more than 120 worldwide, including senior land tenure specialists with legal, economic, gender, natural resource management, monitoring and evaluation, and agricultural expertise. Landesa has offices in Seattle, Dar es Salaam, Washington DC, Yangon, Beijing, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, and Bangalore.

Description of the Work

  • Conducts research on a broad range of topics such as laws and policies related to women’s inheritance rights, access to markets, women’s participation in land governance from local to global levels, the relationship between law and social norms (including comparative research on social norms and behavior change strategies from other sectors-health, peace and security, GBV)
  • Prepares memoranda and other written work, presenting and explaining research results
  • Edits and cite-checks work prepared by Landesa staff and partner organizations

Desired Skills

  • Commitment to equal rights for women and girls
  • Interest in issues relevant to Landesa’s work, such as policy advocacy, women’s rights, legal systems, natural resource management, agricultural livelihoods, etc.
  • Ability and commitment to apply a gender-sensitive approach in his or her work
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage one’s own workload
  • Willingness to communicate and ask questions, when necessary, of supervisor and team
  • Proficiency using electronic legal and social science research tools and willingness to learn new research tools

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