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Advocacy Adviser for Africa

Posted at
16. Jul, 12:04
Company Industry
Work Type
Full time
Job Level
Mid level
Highest Qualification
Years Experience
5 years
Application Deadline
Nairobi CBD Nairobi

Department: Global Legal Program

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights 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, D.C. and a diverse staff of more than 150 professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory. The Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its current and 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 ground-breaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, has 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

The Role:

The Center seeks an Advocacy Adviser for Africa to support and build the work of the Africa Program in all areas of program work. This position will play a key role in implementing the program's new work in advancing reproductive health and rights in conflict and other humanitarian settings.

The position reports to the Senior Regional Director for Africa, and partners closely with the Africa program staff, Global Advocacy program, as well as Communications staff.

The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.


The Advocacy Adviser for Africa will be responsible for:

  • Supporting legal and policy analysis of reproductive rights issues, particularly in the Africa region;
  • Supporting legal and policy research on international human rights law and standards;
  • Supporting the design and implementation of conflict-focused advocacy and legal strategies at the African Union, including the Peace and Security Council, African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR), Economic Community of West African States and other strategic regional and sub-regional bodies, and before UN bodies and mechanisms including through participating in sessions, drafting legal memos, advocacy documents and thematic submissions;
  • Representing the Center before sub-regional, regional and international human rights mechanisms and organizing briefings and other events as necessary;
  • Monitoring developments within relevant sub-regional, regional and international human rights mechanisms, developing strategies for and drafting reproductive rights submissions before them, and providing input on resolutions, reports, and other documents;
  • Bringing key reproductive rights issues, including in emergency and conflict settings, to the attention of sub-regional, regional and UN bodies and mechanisms, including Special Procedure mandate-holders, and cultivating and maintaining strategic partnerships;
  • Supporting research and the drafting of publications and other materials to advance program work;
  • Working in coordination with staff from other programs and in collaboration with civil society organizations, academics and other external stakeholders, to further advocacy objectives at the national, regional and international levels;
  • Supporting the Africa program in providing technical assistance to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders including in countries that are the focus of the program's conflict-related work;
  • Representing the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights through public speaking, and as required, through engagement with the media;
  • Supporting the Center's communication strategies by working closely with the Communications team to develop blogs, op-eds and other documents to position reproductive rights;
  • Meeting with key governmental officials as necessary to advocate for inclusion of reproductive and sexual rights within initiatives at country, regional and international level;
  • Promoting collaboration on reproductive and sexual rights and health and related issues through outreach to both NGOs and governments, in order to create greater awareness and stimulate positive action;
  • Helping identify, build and maintain partnerships with NGOs, and with key stakeholders, as needed;
  • Assisting with the planning, logistics and implementation of events with partners, other NGOs, and with regional and international bodies held by the Center;
  • Supporting the Africa program in preparing presentations for conferences and meetings; and
  • Any other duties as may be assigned as relevant.


  • Minimum of 5 years related professional experience.
  • Degree in law or other relevant degree required.
  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values.
  • Knowledge of international human rights, women's rights and Africa regional and sub-regional human rights mechanisms and understanding of sexual and reproductive health and humanitarian response systems.
  • Demonstrable experience with complex legal analytical work.
  • Advocacy experience at the sub-regional, regional and international levels, including as part of NGO coalitions.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and oral communication and advocacy skills; including ability to communicate to diverse audiences, and to design reports and research for advocacy presentations.
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively liaise and coordinate with a variety of external high-level stakeholders.
  • Very detail-oriented, with excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills and the ability to work well under strong pressure in a fast-paced, high-functioning team environment.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with colleagues in both Nairobi and the US.
  • Willing to travel extensively within region and internationally.
  • Fluency in English and French required.

Critical Position Behaviors:

  • Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups. 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.
  • Innovative: Demonstrated ability to be innovative and highly productive, with a focus on excellence in a high energy, fast moving, deadline orientated environment
  • Adaptive/flexible: Has a can do/will do attitude and demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.
  • Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally. Uses resources well. Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues. Must possess a can-do and will-do attitude.
  • Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center's high standards and mission.
  • Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members and others at the Center.
  • Empathy: An empathetic, approachable team player who engenders trust and confidence, with an inherent ability to interact positively with all members of the Center staff.
  • Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.

Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for two years from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.


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

How to Apply:

Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references (emails preferred) must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role. It is encouraged to 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 information as part of this process. If someone contacts, you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application please notify before taking any further action.

Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above vacant position.

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