The Center For Reproductive Rights (The Center) – Advocacy Advisor.

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Job Title: Advocacy Advisor (Kenya)

Department: Global Legal Programs, Africa

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the global leader in using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights. Headquartered in New York City, the non-profit, non-partisan organization has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC, and a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals. The Center’s compelling human rights mission and reputation for excellence and cutting-edge legal work has powered its exceptional growth trajectory to an operating budget of over $40 million and won the respect of the world’s leading law firms, as reflected in the additional $30 million annually in donated legal services, representing the work last year of 820 lawyers in 46 countries. 

The overarching goal of the Center’s new Strategic Plan sets a high mark for impact: By 2030, half of the world’s population will be living under stronger protections for reproductive rights than they do today. The Center has a track record of success to back up this ambitious goal. Since its founding in 1992, the Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy, 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 on issues including maternal health, contraception, abortion, and assisted reproduction. It has won 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 and counting.

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

The Role: The Advocacy Adviser (Kenya) will support the start-up and implementation of a new multi-country (Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya) Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) project (The project).  S/he will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the implementation of all aspects of the project in Kenya under the guidance and support of the Senior Technical Adviser in the Africa Program.  This position requires a person with a deep desire to support and nurture youth-led programming.

The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will be for an initial term of 2 years with likely extension of up to 7 years.

Primary Responsibilities: 

Program Management

  • With the support of the Senior Technical Advisor, s/he will be responsible for the country specific planning, implementation, and reporting of the project.
  • Ensure project learning is generated and documented and shared within the project in line with Centers’ reporting systems and guidelines.
  • Liaise with partners and program staff to ensure relevance and quality of activities.
  • Ensure timely production and submission of project reports and other knowledge products in accordance with donor requirements.

Advocacy Support

  • Support research initiatives that provide evidence for the delivery of project priorities.
  • Conduct analysis on trends / issues related to ASRHR in the project areas, with a view to informing advocacy strategies and partner support.
  • Develop and ensure effective messages and clear positions are crafted and delivered to different audiences in line with the project and the Centre’s thematic focus.
  • Develop and maintain an excellent working knowledge of current and emerging legal and policy trends relevant to the country and partner strategies.
  • Support the design, implementation, and evaluation of partner advocacy strategies.
  • Provide ongoing support/accompaniment to partners under the project as they roll out and implement project outcomes.
  • Develop and facilitate the process of identifying program and advocacy priorities in collaboration with the Center program teams and partners.
  • Develop and roll out a capacity support plan for partners to translate advocacy priorities into concrete actions with key deliverables.
  • Represent the project at any relevant meetings within delegated authority.

Qualifications:

  • A first degree in relevant disciplines in social science or Degree in law from a recognized University with 3+years’ related professional experience.
  • Knowledge of international human rights, women’s rights and Africa regional human rights mechanism.
  • Advocacy experience at the national or regional levels, including as part of NGO coalitions.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and oral advocacy skills.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, presentation, and written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to work and adopt to a fast-paced dynamic work environment.
  • Orientation to continuous Learning.
  • Orientation to detail in work requiring effective and accurate data analysis.
  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values.
  • Very detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with colleagues
  • Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.
  • Willingness to travel to all project locations and other locations as necessary
  • Fluency in English required.

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.

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.

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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.org before taking any further action.

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