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

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Job Title: Senior Advocacy Advisor

Department: Global Legal Program, Africa

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global litigation and legal policy organization using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights around the world. Headquartered in New York City, the non-profit, non-partisan organization has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC; and, a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals.

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 Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the United States 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 60 countries.

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

The Role: Reporting to the Head of Advocacy and Communications, the Senior Advocacy Adviser works as part of the Advocacy and Communications unit in the development, dissemination, and implementation of SRHR policies, positions and projects that reflect the priorities of the Center. In consultation with the Head of Advocacy and Communications and the Africa team, s/he crafts relevant strategies and provides strategic and contextual advice and counsel regarding advocacy and policy issues related to SRHR in Africa.  S/he will support Advocacy Advisers, Fellows and interns to harness their expertise and experience to develop compelling, relevant and timely interventions and contribute to the Center’s advocacy work.

This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Primary Responsibilities: 

Organizing and Movement Building

  • Identify opportunities, develop and implement innovative strategies and tactics including through building cross-constituency partnerships.
  • Develop strong relationships and participate in meetings and events with partners and networks across SRHR and other human rights movements.
  • Oversee the planning, launching, managing and sunsetting of the full life cycle of a diverse set of multiple and simultaneous issue-based campaigns.
  • Strengthen the capacity of Africa Reproductive Rights Initiative (ARRI) network as the go-to expert and thought leader in SRHR and the law in Africa.

 Technical Oversight:

  • In consultation with the Head of Advocacy and Communications, develop policies, position statements and advocacy strategies as required, based on input and advice from partners and the Africa team.
  • Support 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.
  • Monitor and review the impact of capacity-building support and recommend improvements to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of capacity-building initiatives.
  • Participate in the provision of rapid response to SRHR policy issues as they arise.
  • Support the Head of Advocacy and Communications in the efforts towards Safeguarding the SRHR space in Africa.
  • Activate national, regional and UN mechanisms to oppose and protect against SRHR retrogression.
  • Contribute to SRHR thought leadership in the Africa region.

Judicial engagement:

  • Design and advance strategies for the program’s work to build SRHR jurisprudence in Africa and lead the effective implementation of those strategies.
  • Develop content for thought pieces supporting the Center’s desired changes in legal doctrine.
  • Oversee factual research and studies to support shifts in the jurisprudence.
  • Create the plan for identifying and engaging key influencers and oversee its implementation.

Staff Leadership:

  • Ensure direct reports have performance agreements that are aligned to the Center’s strategy and which provides clarity in effort and contribution.
  • Coach, mentor and motivate staff to maximize individual and Team performance.
  • Role model Centre’s values by embedding Team management practices that show case commitment to the DEI in all work spheres,

General

  • Any other relevant duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications:

  • A first degree in social science in a relevant field or a degree in Law. Relevant post graduate degree or other relevant professional qualification is a plus.
  • Minimum of 7 years progressive experience in managing and implementing multi-faceted donor funded development projects.
  • Knowledge of international human rights, women’s rights, and Africa regional human rights mechanism.
  • Advocacy experience at the regional and international levels, including as part of NGO coalitions.
  • Solid experience in project management.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and executing persuasive strategies for change.
  • Experience in the development of policies, position statements and briefing papers.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with colleagues in the Africa team and from other regions and units.
  • Strategic thinking in managing stakeholder engagement, relationship management and influencing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills especially the ability to adapt writing style and oral message to specific audience and purpose.
  • Tenacity and drive with ability to work and adopt to a fast-paced dynamic work environment.
  • Strong conceptual skills coupled with an orientation to continuous Learning.
  • Able to inspire and energize project teams; to work independently and interdependently in cross functional work areas.
  • Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with the private sector, civil society and governments.
  • Highly developed analytical skills in political judgement required for effective and accurate data analysis.
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook) and other e-based communication channels and tools.
  • Willingness to travel to all project locations and other locations, as necessary.

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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