Call for Applications: Africa Internship Program at Center for Reproductive Rights, Kenya

Job Title: Africa Internship Program

Department: Africa Program

Center Background:

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a global human rights organization working to ensure that reproductive rights are protected in law as fundamental human rights around the world.

With offices in New York City, New York; Nairobi, Kenya; Bogota, Colombia; Geneva, Switzerland; and Washington, D.C., the Center is a non-profit, non-partisan organization changing law and policy throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States.

Our 230+ diverse professionals are committed to advancing the Center’s human rights mission through game-changing litigation, legal policy, and advocacy work.

This has powered the Center’s exceptional growth to an operating budget of over $50 million and won the respect of law firms in countries around the world, with an additional $29 million annually of donated legal services, representing the work of countless lawyers from more than 46 countries.The Center’s Strategic Plan sets a high mark for impact: By 2030, half of the world’s population will be living under stronger protections for reproductive rights than they are today.

The Role:

The Center’s Africa program seeks an enthusiastic, resourceful, and diligent intern committed to reproductive rights issues to learn, participate in and assist in implementing its ongoing projects.

Primarily, the internship is meant to provide the successful candidate with experience to use legal advocacy and international human rights law to advance reproductive rights.

This full-time internship will begin in September 2023 and will run for a period of 6 months and will be physically based at the Center’s office in Nairobi, Kenya in a hybrid model of 3 days in the office, 2 days working from home.

Primary Responsibilities:

The scope of the internship includes, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting in conducting legal and policy research and analysis on policies, laws, and decisions that impact sexual health and reproductive rights (SRHR) within the African region as well as global international human rights law and comparative law developments likely to impact SRHR in Africa;
  • Supporting the Africa Program’s litigation and advocacy efforts by assisting with, among others, drafting legal petitions, correspondence, briefing papers, internal memorandums, and other advocacy documents and fact-checking sources for reports/cases. Assisting with tracking media mentions and supporting other aspects of program reporting and communication
  • Assisting in logistics and communications for program-related events, meetings, seminars, workshops and and reporting on the same.
  • Supporting other duties as may be required from time to time including administrative tasks and joint activities with other partners

Qualifications:

  • Recent graduate (not to exceed 1 year of since graduation) with a Master of Laws degree .. Demonstrable knowledge of international law, international human rights, women’s rights, or other related fields. Undergraduate or post-graduate international human rights law coursework will be a significant advantage.
  • Strong legal research, writing, and analytical skills and exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in women’s issues and reproductive rights, including a career in reproductive rights or human rights litigation, advocacy, or research.
  • Must have strong analytical skills, exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team.
  • Have the capability to multitask and adjust priorities as needed; and be a motivated self-starter and highly organized.
  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential matters appropriately.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Don’t meet every single requirement? At the Center, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your past experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Develop & Manage Self & Others: Takes ownership of individual growth in order to achieve full potential; recognizes the value of direct reports and helps them develop their full potential while also achieving set objectives.
  • Collaboration (People First): Works intra- and/or cross-departmentally to support the goals and overarching strategies of the Center and its strategic plan.
  • Feedback (Improve & Innovate): Actively engaged in feedback cycles: Gives and requests feedback to and from peers, supervisors and direct reports about work products, behaviors, values, style, and approaches with a view on how this impacts self, other individuals, and teams.
  • Accountability: Follow-through on each commitment made to individual contributors, teams and partners and proactively informs others of any delays that occur along the way.

Work Competencies:

  • Project Management: Works effectively on project teams in order to achieve long-term project goal and objectives.
  • Problem Solve & Make Decisions: Identifies, analyzes and resolves existing and anticipated problems, using common sense to make timely decisions in order to reach the best solutions for the organization.
  • Internal/External Focus: Anticipates internal and external partner’s needs; assesses requirements and identifies new solutions that align with overall goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Communication & Influence: Communicates with and influences others to gain agreement and commitment to the strategic goals of the organization.

Compensation: This position is paid 55679.29 per month.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Center is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all communities to apply.

If you are excited about this role and unsure about whether your past experience aligns with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.

You may be the right candidate for this or other roles.Our hiring processes and our work culture offer support and flexibility for staff with a variety of needs.

Should you face an accessibility barrier in the application and interview process please let us know by contacting talent@reprorights.org. We will work with you to provide the accommodation that works best for you.To learn more about the Center’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), please visit Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Center for Reproductive RightsLearn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org

How to Apply: Please complete the application below to apply. A cover letter and resume must be included in your application. Please include these application materials as attachments.

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