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Technical Lead for Africa

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

In consultation with the Snr. Regional Director, the Technical Lead for Africa will support progress towards the Center’s strategic goals by translating and ensuring proper application of the organization’s mission, vision, strategic plan, and program strategies; providing high level oversight and technical direction to our legal and subject matter experts to support program implementation; and ensuring all program work is technically sound and compliant. The Technical Lead will be a legal expert experienced in supporting strategies such as public interest litigation, advocacy and capacity-building. The Technical Lead reports directly to the Snr. Regional Director for Africa and will supervise the Snr Counsel and Snr. Legal Advisers, working closely with other staff in the Africa team and across the Global Legal Program. The position will be based at the Center’s Nairobi, Kenya office.

Responsibilities

Technical Oversight and Supervision:
  • Partner with the Snr. Regional Director and Deputy Director in advancing the Center’s strategic plan, including annual planning and implementation;
  • In consultation with the Snr. Regional Director, provide technical direction and ensure delivery of the Center’s program in the region and ensure compliance to defined quality of program delivery;
  • In consultation with the Snr. Program Manager and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team, ensure timely support for M&E and ground monitoring and tracking of programs technical outputs;
  • Support the Snr. Regional Director with recruitment, onboarding and professional development of program staff; and
  • Supervise the Snr. Counsel and Snr. Legal Advisers.
  • Litigation and Advocacy:
  • In consultation with the Snr. Regional Director, work with the Regional Snr. Legal Advisers in identifying opportunities for litigation in collaboration with partner organizations;
  • Develop and oversee implementation of legal strategies and new legal theories for defensive and proactive litigation;
  • Oversee the design and implementation of advocacy strategies to support litigation;
  • Monitor reproductive rights litigation (i.e., non-Center litigation involving reproductive rights issues);
  • Monitor significant human rights cases in the region which are relevant to reproductive rights issues; and
  • In consultation with Deputy Director, ensure alignment of region’s litigation, advocacy and research outputs to the Center’s global strategies and standards.
  • Research and Advocacy:
  • Lead the design and execution of general legal research on reproductive rights in the region and identify and analyze key trends on sexual reproductive health and rights;
  • Contribute to the development of advocacy strategies, materials and Center publications; and
  • Identify opportunities for contributing to legal and policy reform initiatives that relate to key strategic priorities.
  • External Relations and Fundraising:
  • In consultation with the Snr. Regional Director, represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights through public speaking and through engagement with the media, as required;
  • Serve as the point person for the Africa 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;
  • Support the Snr. Regional Director in building and maintaining strong partner relationships and developing networks with key technical staff within strategic institutions to advance the program’s work; and
Support the Snr. Regional Director in fundraising efforts.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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