Legal Assistant - Global Legal Program - Asia & Capacity Building Initiatives

Job Title: Legal Assistant for Asia & Capacity Building Initiatives

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 $23 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

The Legal Assistant for Asia & Capacity Building Initiatives will work under the supervision of the Director of Capacity Building for GLP and Senior Counsel for Asia. This person will collaborate closely with staff members across GLP in order to support and build department work.

The position will be based in New York City.

The Legal Assistant’s primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Providing administrative support in relation to all program priorities for both Capacity Building and Asia, including drafting and mailing of correspondence; assisting with responses to inquiries; and drafting and updating institutional memoranda and documents;
• Coordinating international travel arrangements and handling visa applications;
• Scheduling meetings, taking and circulating detailed minutes, and handling the logistics of program-related events;
• Performing administrative functions related to management of contracts and partnership agreements, including by drafting agreements, liaising and communicating with internal and external stakeholders, and tracking and monitoring the status of agreements;
• Processing and monitoring financial transactions for program staff, including payments related to contracts and agreements, filing of expense reports, and filing of reimbursement requests;
• Liaising with the Finance department and GLP staff to assist with the preparation of budgets and regularly supporting budget related planning and monitoring processes for the program;
• In conjunction with Program Manager, GLP, supporting program teams throughout annual workplanning processes;
• Coordinating publication processes on behalf of NY based staff and regional staff, including by liaising with program teams, institutional management, editorial team, and design team to develop timelines and schedules; conceptualize publication design needs; and edit, proof-read, bluebook, and fact check publications;
• Undertaking research and drafting short memos and reports as needed for internal purposes;
• Acting as the technical lead in the general maintenance of Unite for Reproductive Rights site, a virtual case law database and e-learning platform, including by regularly drafting and updating website content, reviewing and improving website functionality, and working with web developer on site improvements;
• Serving as producer for e-learning initiatives, including courses, webinars, and meetings, by familiarizing participants with software and providing troubleshooting assistance to quickly and effectively resolve technical issues or brainstorm resolutions;
• Creating effective knowledge management and sharing systems to strengthen institutional memory and contribute to monitoring, evaluation, and learning initiatives;
• Coordinating with the Center’s regional staff and assisting with the preparation of major regional events, including by assiting with the development of event materials and providing logistical and administrative support as necessary;
• Assisting with preparation and finalization of materials for publication or submission to formal legal bodies, including by regularly monitoring the schedules of human rights bodies;
• Providing support and periodic training to new legal assistants, as necessary; and
• Providing other administrative support, as requested.

• Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values;
• B.A. degree or foreign equivalent is required;
• Minimum 1-2 years of experience in an administrative position;
• Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; familiarity with Zoom, Wordpress, SharePoint, PowerPlan, and Concur is a plus;
• Excellent verbal communication, writing, and research skills;
• Experience in project administration and management, especially including contract and budget management;
• Experience with producing materials for publication;
• Well-organized, commitment to producing high-quality work product, and steadfast attention to detail;
• Analysis, judgment, and problem solving skills;
• Quick learner with the ability to self-start;
• A collaborative spirit and the ability to balance multiple tasks and coordinate with different departments;
• Commitment to reproductive rights and women’s human rights issues;
• International experience relating to Asia or capacity-building initiatives desirable;
• Flexibility and willingness to work outside of traditional office hours;
• Knowledge of Asian language is a plus but is not required; and
• Knowledge of UN human rights system is a plus.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. Please include a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position.

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
New York City