• Senior Legal Adviser Job at The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

  • Posted on: 24 January, 2017 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international, feminist, membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights. A dynamic network of women and men around the world, AWID members are researchers, academics, students, educators, activists, business people, policy-makers, development practitioners, funders, and more.

    Senior Legal Adviser, Africa



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

    • Support program strategy on litigation, including identifying potential strategic cases at the national, regional, and international levels in collaboration with partner organizations; researching and writing pleadings, legal memoranda, amicus curiae, submissions to regional human rights bodies, UN submissions, and case briefs on comparative and international human rights law; and identifying claims for use in national, regional, and/or international fora;
    • Monitor compliance with international obligations relating to reproductive rights and jurisprudential developments;
    • Design and implement advocacy strategies to support potential or existing litigation;
    • Contribute to the development of advocacy materials and other Center publications;
    • Support the development and implementation of a capacity-building strategy on initiatives to advance reproductive rights in the region;
    • Undertake fact-finding missions to document and expose human rights violations;
    • Develop and maintain relationships with local and regional NGOs and key stakeholders;
    • Cultivate pro bono partnerships and develop projects with law firms, law associations, and law schools in the region to leverage the Center's work;
    • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights in the region through public speaking and interaction with the media;
    • Assist the Regional Director with the supervision of interns, volunteers, and pro bono lawyers;
    • Support other program, management, and operational activities as necessary; and
    • International travel is required. 


    • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
    • Degree in law (Juris Doctor or postgraduate) required;
    • Minimum 7 years related professional experience;
    • Knowledge of international human rights, women's rights, and African human rights system preferred;
    • Experience litigating constitutional and human rights cases in Kenyan courts necessary; before regional or international human rights systems a plus;
    • Capable of complex legal analytical work and creative and strategic thinking;
    • Advocacy experience, including as part of NGO coalitions a plus;
    • Excellent writing, editing, research, and oral advocacy skills;
    • Very detail-oriented with strong organizational and coordination skills; and
    • Ability to work collaboratively, to multi-task, and to work under pressure. 

    Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) career website on www.awid.org to apply

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