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Legal Fellow, Africa

Date Posted: 12/13/2016
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 Centerís 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 womenís rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

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

Position Responsibilities:
The Legal Fellowís primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct legal and policy research and analysis on international law, human rights law, and foreign and comparative law, especially laws in Africa that impact women's reproductive rights in the region;
  • Support the Africa Programís litigation strategy by developing factual records and drafting legal memoranda, pleadings, and amicus briefs, including conducting fact-checking and citation work, on comparative and international human rights law and claims for use in national, regional, and/or international fora;
  • Support the Africa Programís strategy on the implementation of decisions and friendly settlements;
  • Support the research and drafting of publications and other materials to advance the Africa Programís work and help coordinate the production of publications;
  • Support the Africa team in providing technical assistance to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders;
  • Participate in and draft submissions to UN and regional human rights bodies, including the African Commission on Human and Peoplesí Rights and UN treaty monitoring bodies;
  • Prepare and/or translate materials for advocacy in Africa regional and international fora;
  • Support the Africa team in preparing presentations for conferences and meetings;
  • Assist the Legal Adviser for Africa with the coordination of the internship program and with the supervision of interns, volunteers, and pro bono lawyers;
  • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights through public speaking, as required;
  • Support operational activities of the Africa Program, as needed, including maintaining filing systems, maintaining relationships with NGO partners in the region, liaising with the New York office, assisting with organizing program-related events and meetings, and assisting with the development of internal procedures for print and electronic media;
  • Institutional responsibilities such as monthly programmatic update, monitoring and evaluation, tracking lobbying and press mentions; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Qualifications:
  • Strong commitment to the Centerís mission, purpose, and values;
  • Degree in law required;
  • 1-2 years of experience strongly preferred;
  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of international human rights and womenís rights;
  • Knowledge of reproductive rights or womenís health rights issues is a strong plus;
  • Capable of complex legal analytical work;
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and oral advocacy skills;
  • Self-motivated;
  • Ability to work collaboratively, to multi-task, and to work under pressure; and
  • Ability to travel regionally.

  • Apply To:
    Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, 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.