Legal Fellow, Africa

Job Title: Legal Fellow, Africa

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 150 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its current and 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.

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The Role: The Legal Fellow will work under the supervision of the Senior Legal Adviser, Africa and will 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. The position is funded until August 31, 2019  with a possibility of extension. Applicants must be legally permitted to work in Kenya.


  • Conduct legal and policy research and analysis on international law, human rights law, and foreign and comparative law, especially laws in Africa that impact women's reproductive rights in the region.
  • Support the Africa Program's litigation strategy by developing factual records and drafting legal memoranda, pleadings and amicus briefs--including conducting fact-checking and citation work-- on comparative and international human rights law and claims for use in national, regional, and/or international fora.
  • Support the Africa Program's strategy on the implementation of decisions and friendly settlements. Support the research and drafting of publications and other materials to advance the Africa Program's work and help coordinate the production of Africa Program publications.
  • Support the Legal staff for Africa in providing technical assistance to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders, as well as in preparing presentations for conferences and meetings.
  • Participate in and draft submissions to UN and regional human rights bodies, including the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and UN treaty monitoring bodies.
  • Support the coordination of the internship program and supervision of interns, volunteers and pro bono lawyers.
  • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights through public speaking, and as required, engagement with the media.
  • Support operational activities of the Africa Program as needed, including maintaining filing systems, maintaining relationships with NGO partners in the region, assisting with organizing program-related events and meetings, and assisting with the development of internal procedures for print and electronic media.
  • Institutional responsibilities such as Monthly update, M&E, lobbying, press mentions.
  • Regional travel is required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Degree in law required
  • 2 years of experience strongly preferred
  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values
  • Knowledge of international human rights and women's rights
  • Knowledge of reproductive rights or women's health rights issues is a strong plus
  • Familiarity with filing petitions before UN Committees and Treaty-Monitoring Bodies and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and knowledge of UN and African case law is a strong plus
  • Capable of complex legal analytical work
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and oral advocacy skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work collaboratively, to multi-task, and to work under pressure
  • Fluency in English is required
  • 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