Equality Now – Legal Fellows (Externship).

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Legal Fellows (Externship) – 2 Positions

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Internship
  • Mid Level


About Equality Now

Equality Now is an international human rights organization working towards creating a society that is equal and just for women and girls all over the world. Equality Now’s work focuses on addressing systemic, multiple, and intersecting forms of discrimination and inequalities that continue to plague women and girls, especially those from vulnerable and marginalized backgrounds. Equality Now strives to hold governments responsible for ending legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence & harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) & “child marriage”. Equality Now works at the international, regional, and national levels with partners.

About the Externship Programme

In Africa, efforts have and continue to be made towards ensuring that the rights and protections enshrined in regional and international human rights treaties are accessible to all women and girls. For instance, many African countries are states parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (“the Maputo Protocol”).  The Externship Programme seeks to place two talented Legal Fellows with Judges of the High Court of Kenya for a period of one year from November 2021.

Overall Role and Responsibility of the Legal Fellows

The primary role and responsibility of the Legal Fellows shall be conducting specialised legal research and analysis, as well as drafting legal memos and opinions on women’s and girls’ rights, as assigned by the Judges to whom the Legal Fellows are attached. The research and analysis will assist Judges in utilising the Maputo Protocol and other international human rights instruments in their rulings and judgements. Legal Fellows shall also be required to carry out their own self-directed research and writing on salient women’s and girls’ rights topics in general and family law topics. Additionally, the Legal Fellows may receive assignments from the Legal Equality (Africa) team relating to their primary role and responsibility outlined in the foregoing from time to time.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities of the Legal Fellows

  • Attend an induction training on the Externship Program and official introductory meeting with their assigned Judges and other Judiciary officials related to their roles and implementation of the program.
  • Assist Judges in identifying new areas of research and intervention on legal issues affecting women and girls in Kenya.
  • Assist Judges in drafting of legal memos, legal opinions, case summaries, judgements and rulings as directed.
  • Work closely with Judges to identify opportunities for Equality Now to provide technical support and engage with the Judiciary of Kenya to create awareness on and enhance implementation of regional and international human rights instruments on the rights of women and girls within domestic courts.
  • Assist judges, the Judiciary of Kenya and Equality Now in identifying and tracking developments on contemporary issues and the rights of women and girls at the national, regional, and international levels.
  • Prepare monthly reports on work undertaken and objectives achieved, to be shared with the assigned Judges and Equality Now for assessment and learning purposes.
  • Carry out their own self-directed research and writing on salient women’s and girls’ rights topics and themes.
  • Carry out research and writing related to Legal Equality in Africa as assigned by Equality Now.
  • Perform any other related duties as assigned by Judges and/or Equality Now.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, mid-year and end of program reports detailing work undertaken, especially highlighting notable assignments and achievements; objectives achieved; challenges faced; opportunities missed and those identified; lessons learnt; and recommendations for enhancing the Externship Program.

Key Competencies of the Legal Fellows

  • Professionalism: Uphold high standards of confidentiality, competence, integrity and credibility; ability to prioritise work and be well organized in execution and presentation of tasks; maintain good quality of work and consistency in this regard; exemplify a high degree of accountability for actions taken and not taken; work with minimum supervision; show commitment to the role of Legal Fellow and willingness to do more than what is expected; be courteous and willing to learn at every opportunity presented; seek clarity when unsure about instructions given; ability to remain motivated.
  • Research, Analysis and Writing: Knowledge and understanding of international human rights law, especially as it relates to women and girls; a firm knowledge of the content and application of international and regional human rights instruments on the rights of women and girls is highly desirable; ability to conduct high-quality legal research and apply efficient research strategies; ability to analyse and evaluate large amounts of information and draw justified legal conclusions necessary to resolve the legal problems at hand; excellent writing and referencing skills.
  • Communication: Fluency in spoken and written English; clarity in written and oral presentations; exercise active listening; demonstration of openness in sharing information; communicating effectively and in a timely manner, when necessary, for example when experiencing challenges in meeting deadlines.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to work in a team and collaborate with other colleagues for execution of specific tasks; ability to resolve conflict; ability to take up leadership roles when required to do so.
  • Commitment: Availability to commit to the role for a period of 12 months from November 2021 and to commit minimal amounts of time afterwards for follow-up communication with Equality Now on matters related to the Externship Programme. Availability for work related travel when necessary.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor of Law degree (LLB.) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from recognised institutions.
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ post-admission practicing experience in government, eligible law firms or organisations working on human rights.
  • A demonstrably strong grasp of the Kenyan legal system.
  • Proven track record of knowledge and commitment – exhibited by coursework, writing, or work experience – to the rights of women and girls in Africa, constitutional law, and human rights protections.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage concurrent deadlines.
  • Excellent writing, research, and analytical skills.
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and strong technological literacy.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Previous interaction with Equality Now’s internship programme or participation in past capacity building training exercises or moot courts is desirable, but not a requirement.


Successful applicants for this position will receive a monthly stipend to cover transport, meals, and other related professional expenses. Successful applicants will also receive a laptop computer for professional use that will be returned to Equality Now at the end of the Externship Programme.

How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should email their applications – under the heading “Legal Fellow, Judiciary of Kenya” to equalitynownairobi@equalitynow.org, by 29 October 2021 at 11:59 PM.

All applicants should send the following documents as part of their application:

  1. Application letter (one page), stating your motivation and suitability for the position.
  2. CV (three pages maximum), including the names and contact information for three referees.
  3. Writing sample (maximum of three pages) of original writing on a topic related to international and regional human rights standards on the rights of women and girls in Africa.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications that do not meet the length requirements outlined above will be penalized. Shortlisted candidates will be required to be available for interviews in the first week of November 2021. The successful candidate will be required to attend an induction training in person in Nairobi in early November 2021 prior to the start of the Externship Programme by mid-November 2021.

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applicants anticipated for this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Equality Now is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Equality Now does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Candidates are selected on the basis of ability, in accordance with all country and location specific laws.




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