Legal Adviser, Africa
Center for Reproductive Rights
Nairobi, Kenya
4d ago

Job Title : Legal Adviser for Africa

Department : Global Legal Program

Center Background : The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global litigation and legal policy organization using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights around the world.

  • Headquartered in New York City, the non-profit, non-partisan organization has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC;
  • a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals; an annual budget of approximately $40 million with an additional $22 million in donated services from leading law firms around the globe.

    The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide.

    It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the United States on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.

    It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 60 countries.

    To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to .

    The Role : Reporting to the Senior Legal Adviser, the Legal Adviser will work closely with other Africa program staff to support and build the work of the regional program in all areas of work.

    This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and shall be for a fixed term of two years.

    Primary Responsibilities :

  • Support program strategy on litigation; including helping identify potential strategic cases at the national and regional levels in collaboration with partner organizations.
  • Research and write legal memoranda on comparative and international human rights law and claims for use in national, regional, and / or international fora.
  • Support strategic litigation in Kenya by representing the Center in court as needed.
  • Draft pleadings and submissions for human rights and criminal cases in Kenya.
  • Support legal and policy research and analysis of national laws and policies and international and regional human rights standards.
  • Support the design and implementation of advocacy and capacity building strategies by liaising with and providing technical support to partners.
  • Contribute to the development of advocacy materials and publications to advance program work.
  • Support the development and implementation of communication strategies focusing on programs in Kenya.
  • Conduct human rights trainings and awareness sessions with partners as needed.
  • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights, including through public speaking and engaging with the media as required.
  • Help identify, build, and maintain partnerships with NGOs and key stakeholders as needed.
  • Monitor compliance with international obligations relating to reproductive rights and jurisprudential developments.
  • Contribute to annual and strategic planning process as needed.
  • Support other program management and operational activities as necessary.
  • Qualifications :

  • Minimum 4 years related professional experience.
  • Degree in law.
  • Member of the Law Society of Kenya holding a current practicing Certificate.
  • Knowledge of the human rights systems and commitment to human rights, women’s rights, and reproductive rights.
  • Capable of complex legal analysis.
  • Experience in national litigation and advocacy.
  • Possesses excellent writing, editing, research, oral advocacy and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Ability to travel within and outside of Kenya.
  • Critical Competencies :

  • Strategic thinking : Applies big-picture thinking while also focusing on the details of implementation.
  • Decisiveness : Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center's mission, core values, and strategic objectives.
  • Blends vision and judgment.

  • Collaboration : Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups, and a willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  • Receives and Provides Direct Feedback : Actively gives and requests feedback to and from peers, supervisors and direct reports (If applicable) about work products, behaviors, values, style and approaches with a view on how this impacts self, other individuals and teams.
  • Transparency : Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
  • Commitment to learn : Applies a growth mentality to their own and their team’s (if applicable) development. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
  • Passion for Coaching, and Mentoring Staff : Empowers and motivates employees and creates opportunities for learning, development, and leadership, with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members. (if applicable)
  • Accountability : Follows through on each commitment made to individual contributors, teams and partners and proactively informs others of any delays that occur along the way.
  • Holds team members accountable.

  • Integrity : Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center’s high standards and mission.
  • Empathy : Serves as an empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence. (if applicable)
  • Adaptability / Flexibility : Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk
  • Compensation : The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

    How to Apply : Please complete the application below to apply. A cover letter and resume must be included in your application.

    Please include these application materials as attachments.

    Deadline for applications : Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

    The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.

    We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

    Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied through the Center website. The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection).

    Nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account inform as part of this process. If someone contacts you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application please notify careers reprorights.

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