Legal Advisor, Colombia

Job Title:  Legal Advisor, Colombia

Department:  Global Legal Program

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) 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 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $27 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 55 countries.

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

The Legal Advisor for Colombia will report directly to the Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) and will work closely with the legal team and entire regional LAC team.  S/he will be integral to the implementation of the Center's new strategic plan, particularly on advancing sexual and reproductive rights at the national level in Colombia, through the country's current transitional justice process. The Legal Adviser will work to towards ensuring sexual and reproductive rights violations are widely documented, recognized, and acknowledged as human rights violations during Colombia's armed conflict.

This position will be based in Bogota, Colombia. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for two years from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. 


Responsibilities:

The Legal Advisor's primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Undertake fact-finding missions to document and expose human rights violations during Colombia's armed conflict.
  • Undertake legal and policy analysis of reproductive rights issues related to armed conflict, conceptualize innovative strategies to ensure accountability for human rights obligations relating to reproductive rights in Colombia, and stay abreast of relevant jurisprudential developments;
  • Support the design, development, and implementation of effective capacity-building strategies and initiatives in order to foster a stronger and more sustainable field of actors that ensure sexual and reproductive rights violations are widely documented, recognized, and acknowledged as human rights violations during Colombia's armed conflict. This includes relationship-building and working with a broad range of partners, allies, civil society members, and government stakeholders, among others;
  • Support the Regional Director for LAC in providing technical assistance to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders in connection with law reform processes at the national level, particularly pertaining to Colombia's transitional justice process, and produce relevant materials;
  • Help identify, build, and maintain partnerships with NGOs and key stakeholders in order to advance litigation, advocacy, and capacity-building strategies, in coordination with the Regional Director for LAC, before Colombia's Transitional Justice bodies and mechanisms;
  • Support program strategy on litigation across the LAC team, including by working in close collaboration with partner organizations; researching and writing legal memoranda, amicus curiae, UN submissions and case briefs on comparative and international human rights law; and identifying innovative claims for use in national, regional, and/or international fora;
  • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights through public speaking and, as required, engagement with the media;
  • Support the research, drafting, editing, and production process of publications and other materials to advance program work;
  • Help cultivate and oversee projects with pro bono partners, such as law firms and law schools, to leverage our work;
  • Support other program, management, and operational activities, as necessary.

Qualifications: 

  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values.
  • Degree in Law required.
  • Master's in human rights or a related field a plus.
  • Minimum 5 years of related professional experience.
  • Experience litigating before Colombia's national courts; knowledge and experience with Colombia's Transitional Justice mechanisms and bodies is required.
  • Experience working alongside human rights organizations on documenting and exposing human rights violations.
  • Knowledge of international human rights framework and women's rights; knowledge of reproductive rights a plus.
  • Capable of complex legal analytical work.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and oral advocacy skills and self-motivation.
  • Native fluency in Spanish and strong working knowledge of English is required.
  • Outstanding analytical, problem-solving, and creative thinking abilities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, to multi-task, to coordinate projects, and to work under pressure.
  • Experience in capacity-building and training initiatives using a human rights and women's rights framework a plus.

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, two legal writing samples one in English and one in Spanish and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.   Please submit all of your materials as a single PDF under either the cv/resume or cover letter upload option.

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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 candidates from all groups and communities to apply. www.reproductiverights.org

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 careers@reprorights.org before taking any further action.   

Department: 
Global Legal Program
Location: 
Bogota, Colombia