Legal Jobs: Marshall Weinberg Global Legal Fellows for Africa (Based in Nairobi)

Legal Jobs: Marshall Weinberg Global Legal Fellows for Africa (Based in Nairobi)

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, Nairobi, and Washington, DC; a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals; an annual budget of approximately $40 million with an additional $22 million in donated services from leading law firms around the globe.

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.

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The Role: The Center has received a generous gift from Marshall Weinberg to support our work to ensure that more women and girls in the global south have access to safe and legal abortion, quality maternal health care, a full range of reproductive health services and information, and reproductive autonomy.

The Marshall Weinberg Global Legal Fellowship Program will help prepare the next generation of social justice lawyers in reproductive health and rights with two-year fellowships within the Center's Global Legal Program. These emerging advocates will work directly with our legal experts and will take on work in areas of the greatest need, opportunity, and impact within our Africa and Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) programs.

We are currently recruiting two Marshall Weinberg Global Legal Fellows for Africa. Candidates will be assigned to either Capacity Building and Advocacy or Litigation and Advocacy and will work under the supervision of either the Capacity Building Manager, Africa or Advocacy Adviser for Africa, respectively. Fellows will also work closely with other Africa program staff to support and build the work of the regional program in all areas of work.

This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. Applicants must be legally permitted to work in Kenya.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Fellow for this role will be assigned to Capacity Building and Advocacy work, by:

  • Conducting legal and policy research and analysis on international and regional human rights law, as well as comparative national-level law;
  • Assisting in the development and drafting of fact sheets, articles, and other advocacy documents positioning reproductive rights as fundamental human rights;
  • Supporting the Center's capacity building initiatives, designed to increase the use of the law to promote reproductive rights by local partners across the globe;
  • Supporting the Capacity Building Manager in the coordination of the Africa Reproductive Rights Initiative (ARRI), a network made up of reproductive rights advocates from across the region;
  • Researching and drafting presentations and other materials to strengthen the capacity of partners and other stakeholders to advance reproductive rights;
  • Supporting the identification, documentation and application of best practices in capacity building initiatives;
  • Researching and monitoring developments and trends in capacity building initiatives and methodologies and supporting development of resources;
  • Supporting the Africa program in maintaining partnerships with NGOs, and other stakeholders;
  • Working closely with the Capacity Building Manager to digest and disseminate reproductive rights updates for advocates and partners in the region;
  • Assisting with the planning, logistics and implementation of online and offline capacity building events;
  • Supporting the operational activities of the capacity building program, as needed, including maintaining filing systems;
  • Institutional responsibilities such as monthly programmatic update, monitoring and evaluation, tracking lobbying and press mentions;
  • Using editing skills to assist with blue booking and fact-checking of reports, petitions, shadow letters, and other documents, as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


Candidates with 2-3 years' work experience, with a degree in law and knowledge of international and regional human rights and women's rights and of reproductive rights or women's health are eligible to apply. The candidate should be capable of complex legal analytical work and possess excellent writing, editing, research and oral advocacy skills.

Fluency in French is preferred.

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 development (if applicable). 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.

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

Duration of Position: This is a two-year, full-time fellowship starting in early Spring 2021.

How to Apply: Please complete the application below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and writing sample of 2 to 3 pages must be included in your application. Please 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.

Apply for the Job in Center for Productive Rights Website.

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 before taking any further action.

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