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Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean

Job Title: Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean 

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 www.reproductiverights.org.

General Purpose and Scope of Position:

The Regional Manager reports directly to the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and will be responsible for enhancing the internal organizational processes and infrastructure that will allow the Center to effectively fulfill its mission, as well as engage externally with key constituents; she/he will support and expand the work of the LAC Program in multiple areas of program work, including litigation, advocacy and capacity-building. The Regional Manager will supervise the Regional Legal Adviser, the Senior Operations Office Manager, the Regional Legal Fellow, and the LAC Legal Assistant, and will work closely with other staff in the LAC program. 

The position will be based in Bogotá, Colombia. International travel is required. 

Responsibilities:

The Regional Manager’s primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Office Management, Staff Supervision and Inter-Office Liaising:

  • Partner with Regional Director in advancing the Center’s strategic plan, including annual planning and implementation;
  • Manage and oversee all aspects of the office’s operations in coordination with the Senior Operations & Office Manager, including preparing and monitoring the program budget, and identifying best practices for developing and improving internal systems to respond to operational needs;
  • Support the Regional Director to implement a knowledge and information management process and strategy;
  • Ensure the implementation of monitoring and evaluation for all projects;
  • Support the Regional Director with recruitment, onboarding and professional development of program staff;
  • Oversee the implementation of the safety and security protocols and with the Senior Operations and Office Manager, coordinate security assessments as appropriate;
  • Oversee all financial, human resources management and security matters for the regional office, in coordination with headquarters;
  • Supervision of the Regional Legal Adviser, the Senior Operations Office Manager, the Regional Legal Fellow, and the LAC Legal Assistant; 

Law Reform, Litigation, Research, and Advocacy:

  • Support the Regional Director to identify opportunities for litigation in collaboration with partner organizations;
  • Participate in the design and implementation of advocacy strategies to support litigation;
  • Identify opportunities for contributing to law reform initiatives and draft bills that relate to key strategic priorities;
  • Conduct general legal and policy research on reproductive rights in the region and identify and analyze key trends, including opposition to abortion rights;
  • Monitor compliance with international obligations relating to reproductive rights and jurisprudential developments;
  • Contribute to formal submissions for UN human rights bodies and draft submissions for national and regional human rights bodies;
  • Contribute to the development of advocacy materials and other Center publications

External Relations and Fundraising:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with local and regional NGOs;
  • Support the Regional Director in fundraising efforts;
  • Liaise with international funders based in the LAC region and represent the Center in various networks and coalitions;
  • Serve as the pointperson for the LAC program’s pro bono coordination; cultivate pro bono partnerships and develop projects with law firms, law associations, and law schools in the region to strengthen our work;
  • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights in the region through public speaking and interaction with the media, as required

Qualifications: 

  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values;
  • Demonstrated international experience and expertise, including experience living and working at the field level in LAC/ Global South;
  • Knowledge of international human rights, women’s rights and Inter-American human rights system;
  • Strong people management skills with the ability to develop others and to impart knowledge and experience in an accessible and clear manner;
  • Good judgment and outstanding coordination, analytical and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal as well as external partners and other organizations;
  • Strong training and facilitation skills in international, multicultural settings;
  • Experience in developing and managing monitoring and learning systems;
  • Experience in budgeting, contracts, and office operations;
  • Excellent presentation, research, writing, analytical and creative thinking skills;
  • Demonstrated experience with public interest litigation;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills coupled with the ability to build strong and lasting relationships; 
  • Familiarity with international and regional human rights law and knowledge of human rights systems and mechanisms preferred;
  • Advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) in law; and;
  • Minimum 5 years of related experience in developing and implementing programs, particularly in LAC/Global South.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish

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 in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.

https://reproductiverights.applicantpro.com/jobs/666036-29628.html

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