Legal Consultant for Latin America & the Caribbean
Deadline: Until filled
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Organization: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center)
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 current 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.
The Legal Consultant for Latin America & the Caribbean will report directly to the Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) and will work closely with the Senior Legal Adviser and entire legal LAC team. The Consultant will be integral to the implementation of the Center's specific regional projects, particularly its ground-breaking litigation to advance reproductive rights at the Universal System and the Interamerican Human Rights System.
The Legal Consultant for LAC's primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Undertake legal and policy analysis of a variety of reproductive rights issues, conceptualize innovative strategies to hold states accountable for their human rights obligations relating to reproductive rights, and stay abreast of relevant jurisprudential developments;
- Support the design, development, and implementation of effective litigation strategies for the cases included in the projects, including by working with a broad range of partners, allies, civil society members, and government stakeholders, among others;
- Support program strategy on litigation across the LAC team, according to the cases of the projects; including undertake fact-finding missions to document and expose human rights violations, by working in close collaboration with partner organizations; researching and writing legal memoranda, amicus curiae, UN submissions and case briefs on comparative and international human rights law; and identifying innovative claims for use in national, regional, and/or international fora;
- Help identify, build, and maintain partnerships with NGOs and key stakeholders in order to advance litigation for the cases realated, in coordination with the Regional Director for LAC;
- Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values.
- Degree in Law required.
- Master's in human rights or a related field a plus.
- Minimum 3-5 years of related professional experience.
- Experience litigating before national, regional or international courts. Knowledge and experience with the UN system is required, experience and litigating before Inter-American Human Rights System is extremely beneficial.
- Knowledge of international human rights framework and women's rights; knowledge of reproductive rights a plus.
- Capable of complex legal analytical work.
- Excellent writing, editing, research, and oral advocacy skills and self-motivation.
- Native fluency in Spanish and strong working knowledge of English is required.
- Outstanding analytical, problem-solving, and creative thinking abilities.
- Ability to work collaboratively, to multi-task, to coordinate projects, and to work under pressure.
The Center offers competitive fees commensurate with experience.
How to apply:
A cover letter, resume, two legal writing samples one in English and one in Spanish 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.
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