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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Senior Regional Legal Adviser in Nairobi, Kenya with The Centre for Reproductive Rights

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Organization: The Center for Reproductive Rights

About the Center

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.

The Center is led by Nancy Northup, President & CEO, who was recruited to the Center in 2003 for her rich mix of experience as a constitutional litigator, federal prosecutor, and women’s rights advocate—as well as her reputation for intelligence, passion, and creativity. She has led the organization’s exceptional growth, tripling its operating budget over the course of a decade, sharpening its strategic focus for even greater impact on ensuring reproductive health and freedom as a fundamental human right, and establishing the Center as an international resource for legal strategy and innovation. She was previously the founding director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; a prosecutor and Deputy Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York; and a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She has taught human rights and constitutional law as an adjunct professor at NYU Law School and Columbia Law School and appears frequently in leading media.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, click here.

The Center seeks a Senior Regional Legal Adviser for Africa who will work closely with the Senior Legal Adviser for Africa, as well as the Legal Fellow for Africa based in New York, to support and build the work of the Africa Regional Program, and will report to the Regional Director for Africa.


The Senior Regional Legal Adviser for African’s primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support program strategy on litigation, including identifying potential strategic cases at the national, regional and international levels in collaboration with partner organizations; researching and writing pleadings, legal memoranda, amicus curiae, submissions to regional human rights bodies, UN submissions, and case briefs on comparative and international human rights law; and identifying claims for use in national, regional, and/or international fora.
  • Monitor compliance with international obligations relating to reproductive rights and jurisprudential developments.
  • Design and implement advocacy strategies to support potential or existing litigation.
  • Contribute to the development of advocacy materials and other Center publications.
  • Support the development and implementation of a capacity-building strategy on initiatives to advance reproductive rights in the region.
  • Undertake fact-finding missions to document and expose human rights violations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local and regional NGOs and key stakeholders.
  • Cultivate pro bono partnerships and develop projects with law firms, law associations, and law schools in the region to leverage the Center’s work.
  • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights in the region through public speaking and interaction with the media.
  • Assist the Regional Director for Africa with the supervision of interns, volunteers and pro bono lawyers.
  • Support other program, management and operational activities as necessary.
  • International travel is required.


  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values.
  • Knowledge of international human rights, women’s rights and African human rights system.
  • Experience litigating constitutional and human rights cases in Kenyan courts necessary, and before regional or international human rights systems a plus.
  • Capable of complex legal analytical work and creative and strategic thinking.
  • Advocacy experience, including as part of NGO coalitions.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and oral advocacy skills.
  • Very detail-oriented, with strong organizational and coordination skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, to multi-task, and to work under pressure.
  • Degree in law (Juris Doctor or postgraduate) required.
  • Minimum 7 years related professional experience.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

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 candidates from all groups and communities to apply.

How to apply:

Please click here to apply.

A cover letter, résumé, one writing sample and contact information for three references (email preferred) must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.

Please include these application materials as attachments. Please mention in your cover letter where you saw this opportunity.

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