Capacity Building Fellow, Africa

Job Title: Capacity Building Fellow, Africa

 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, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $30 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its 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 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 for Reproductive Rights intends to recruit a Capacity Building Fellow, Africa. He or she will work under the supervision of the Capacity Building Manager, Africa and will work closely with other Africa program staff to support and build the capacity building work in the region.


This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will last till August 31, 2019. Applicants must be legally permitted to work in Kenya.


The Capacity Building Fellow's primary job responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • 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;
  • Contributing to the development of a long-term vision for network growth and impact that is responsive to the needs of reproductive rights advocates and opportunities to advance law and policy reform in Africa;
  • Researching and drafting presentations and other materials to strengthen the capacity of advocates and other stakeholders to advance reproductive rights;
  • Supporting the Africa program in the identification, building and maintenance of partnerships with NGOs, and other stakeholders;
  • Working closely with the Capacity Building Manager to digest and disseminate reproductive rights updates for advocates in the region;
  • Supporting the operational activities of the capacity building program, as needed, including maintaining filing systems;
  • Assisting with the planning, logistics and implementation of online and offline capacity building events;
  • Supporting the identification, documentation and application of best practices in capacity building initiatives;
  • Supporting the Capacity Building program in researching and monitoring developments and trends in capacity building initiatives and methodologies and developing resources;
  • Institutional responsibilities such as monthly programmatic update, monitoring and evaluation, tracking lobbying and press mentions; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Degree in social science is required;
  • 2 years’ program experience;
  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of women's rights;
  • Knowledge of reproductive rights or women's health rights issues is a strong plus;
  • Knowledge of network building is an added advantage;
  • Knowledge of capacity building methodologies;
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and oral advocacy skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively, to multi-task, and to work under pressure; and
  • Ability to travel regionally.

Compensation: 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 must be included in your application.  Please submit all of your materials as a single PDF under either the cv/resume or cover letter upload option.

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.  

Global Legal Program
Nairobi, Kenya