Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) – Legal Intern.

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The CIFF Legal team supports the organisation in its grants making activities and partnerships, as well as providing advice on a range of compliance and regulatory matters (e.g. charity law and data protection). The team also advises on programme specific issues, ranging from its impact investment activities to intellectual property advice, as well as being responsible for the administration of the organisation, including risk reviews and insurances.

This is an exciting opportunity for a legal intern to join CIFF and gain valuable insight into the legal issues affecting a large, international philanthropic foundation. You will report to the Legal Counsel and Director, Head of Programme Governance but will work with other members of the team as well, including the General Counsel. You will also be working closely with members of CIFF from across our sectors and international offices.

You will learn essential skills from the Legal team, such as contract drafting, negotiation and stakeholder management. Most importantly, you will be able to work on projects that support the development and protection of children as well as addressing climate change.

The internship has been designed to provide an opportunity for candidates to gain in-house experience in the not-for-profit sector. The role has been designed to be dynamic and encourage learning and it provides the candidate an opportunity to enhance their CV and gain experience which they can draw upon throughout their future legal career.

This internship is for 6 months only and the salary for the role is KES 3,040,000 per annum (pro rata). You will also receive a Learning and Development allowance to spend on training courses of your choosing to support your future legal or not-for profit aspirations.

Key Tasks

1. Assisting with contract drafting and negotiations with CIFF’s grantee organisations in children’s development and climate change.

2. Preparing confidentiality agreements, amendment agreements, consultancy agreements and other ancillary documents in the context of grants and other services.

3. Assisting with legal due diligence on CIFF’s proposed grantees.

4. Assisting in the management process of proposed grants and other projects (e.g. pipeline reviews).

5. Managing signing of documents and liaising with the project managers where necessary to finalise agreements.

6. Carrying out legal research on a variety of matters relating to programme issues, legal and regulatory issues (including charity law), programme governance issues, conflicts of interest, commercial contracts and consultancy contracts.

7. Providing input to improve legal processes (e.g. contract management process).


  • A qualification in law, although we will consider candidates with other related backgrounds dependent on experience.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Strong drafting skills in English.
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Working experience of Microsoft Office.
  • The following are desirable:
    • Some previous experience of drafting basic contracts.
    • Experience in a charity or not-for-profit organisation.
    • A demonstratable interest in improving children’s lives and climate change.


Alongside a competitive salary, we offer a generous benefits package here at CIFF that includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Annual leave – 25 days per annum. Increasing by 1 day after each year of service, to a maximum of 30 days.
  • Pension
  • Training allowance
  • Wellbeing allowance
  • Life insurance
  • Health insurance




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