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Capacity Building Manager for Africa

Date Posted: 1/20/2017
Organization: Center for Reproductive Rights
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Description of Organization:
The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

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 the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe 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 55 countries.

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

Position Responsibilities:
The Capacity Building Manager for Africa is a new position under the Center’s ambitious new strategic plan. In the next five years, the Center envisions considerable growth across the Global Legal Program’s (GLP) regional programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as its Global Advocacy Program, and significant expansion of its work in building the capacity of, and connections among, lawyers, advocates, judges, government officials, universities, law firms, bar associations, and other stakeholders. Through convening, training, mentoring, technical assistance, strategic alliances, and strategic guidance, the Center seeks to empower and collaborate with a broad range of actors to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights legal and policy frameworks and advocacy strategies that are tailored to the local context and sustainable in the long term.

The Center seeks a Capacity Building Manager for Africa in GLP who will dually report to the Regional Director for Africa and the Director of Capacity Building.

The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Responsibilities: The Capacity Building Manager for Africa’s primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the Regional Director for Africa, Director of Capacity Building and other members of the regional team in designing, facilitating, and implementing effective capacity-building strategies and initiatives;
  • Helping identify, build and maintain partnerships with NGOs, and other key stakeholders;
  • Working in coordination with civil society organizations, judiciary, academics and other external stakeholders, to further the capacity-building objectives of the Center;
  • Researching and monitoring developments and trends in capacity-building initiatives and methodologies; compiling and developing resources and tools to inform program strategy;
  • Identifying, documenting and applying best practices in capacity-building initiatives;
  • Assisting the design and development of training modules, as relevant;
  • Supporting the Africa Program’s analysis and assessment of capacity building needs, development of capacity-building measurement tools and strategies, and creation of advocacy plans for specific partners;
  • Developing training plans and monitoring and reporting on plan implementation;
  • Monitoring and reviewing the impact of capacity-building support, and recommending improvements to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of capacity-building initiatives;
  • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of a virtual platform for advocates to share strategies and tactics and learn from one another’s experiences, in addition to facilitating online trainings, developing resources and curating interactive dialogues;
  • Assisting with the planning, logistics and implementation of events and monitoring budget expenditures;
  • Representing the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights through public speaking, and as required, through engagement with the media;
  • Assisting with the supervision of interns, volunteers, pro bono lawyers, and other institutional responsibilities;
  • Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values;
  • Proficiency with activities, theories, and methods in capacity-building field, and experience in building the capacity of non-governmental partners and other stakeholders to influence change;
  • Demonstrated international experience and expertise, including experience living and working at the field level in the Global South;
  • Good judgment and outstanding coordination, analytical and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal as well as external partners and other organizations;
  • Strong training and facilitation skills in international, multicultural settings;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, including the development of indicators and tools to measure progress and impact;
  • Excellent presentation, research, writing, analytical and creative thinking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills coupled with the ability to build strong and lasting relationships with partners and colleagues;
  • Strong people management skills with the ability to develop others and to impart knowledge and experience in an accessible and clear manner;
  • Familiarity with international and regional human rights law and knowledge of human rights systems and mechanisms preferred;
  • Advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as law, international development, or public policy;
  • Minimum 4-6 years of related experience in developing and implementing capacity-building programs, particularly in the Global South.

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    Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, résumé, two writing samples, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.