Center for Reproductive Rights
  • 30-Apr-2018 to 29-Aug-2018 (EST)
  • Global Legal Program
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Job Title: Senior Global Advocacy Adviser

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, D.C. and a diverse staff of more than 150 professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory. The Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its current and 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 ground-breaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, has 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.

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The Role:

The Senior Global Advocacy Adviser is a new role developed to support the Center's increasing presence in the humanitarian sector.  Under the Center's new Strategic Plan, the Center's Global Advocacy program is expanding to include reproductive rights in conflict. This individual will play a key role in the Center's Global Advocacy team in developing and implementing strategies to ensure protection for reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare, with a focus on the humanitarian sector. It will involve developing and implementing advocacy strategies at the UN Security Council; cultivating relationships with global coalitions, NGOs, UN agencies, and UN missions and bilateral donors; and conducting legal and policy analysis on positioning reproductive health and human rights in conflict and crisis with global policymakers and processes. This position reports to the Director of Global Advocacy, and partners closely the Global Advocacy Advisers, other Legal and Advocacy Advisers in the Global Legal Program, as well as staff in the Development and Communications programs.   

The Senior Global Advocacy Adviser will operate as lead on engagement with the UN Security Council as well as engagement with the relevant actors in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda processes, and with UN agencies and UN missions in NY focused on humanitarian response. They will marshal the resources of the global teams to provide legal and policy analysis on relevant resolutions, UN processes, and agency action and ensure effective and coordinated Center engagement and response.  

This position will be based in New York City.


  • Support the Director of Global Advocacy with the implementation of the Strategic Plan, particularly expansion of the Center's work on reproductive rights in humanitarian settings; 
  • Develop advocacy strategy, together with the Director, Global Advocacy Advisers and relevant regional staff, for increasing recognition and integration of human rights and SRHR at the UN Security Council and related processes, and take the lead in executing that strategy;
  • Establish relationships with UN Mission staff and increase Center influence on UN Member States at the NY Headquarters;
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and other relevant UN Agencies, civil society groups and coalitions in NY; 
  • Monitor events, developments and initiatives within the UN Security Council, General Assembly, and other relevant fora, and report and share information in a timely and strategic way with the Director and colleagues;
  • Develop and oversee Center input on UN resolutions, negotiations, reports and other technical and legal documents;
  • Meet with key governmental delegations and advocate for inclusion of reproductive rights within humanitarian and other relevant initiatives at the international level;
  • Bring key reproductive rights issues to the attention of UN experts, including the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict; 
  • Promote collaboration on reproductive rights and human rights with UN missions in NY through briefings and bilateral meetings, in order to create greater awareness and stimulate positive action; 
  • Liaise with New York NGO representatives on implementation of joint advocacy strategies;
  • Serve as a key contact point for the Center at UNHQ, together with the Director;
  • Oversee the planning, logistics and implementation of events with UN Missions, UN entities and other NGOs held by the Center;
  • Where needed, develop communications on the work of the Center, including issues of interest for different audiences. This includes communications, materials, and updates for social media and for e-mail listservs of allied organizations, in coordination with the Communications team;
  • Support the development of Center publications on key and emerging reproductive rights issues;
  • Liaise with other departments in the Center as needed, including Development, Communications and USPA;  
  • Represent the Center at meetings and events as required;
  • Assist with the recruitment and supervision of fellows, interns, volunteers and pro bono lawyers and any other institutional responsibilities required; 
  • International travel is required up to 25%, including to regions experiencing conflict and crisis.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience required, 10 years preferred; 
  • Experience developing and implementing strategies to influence UN negotiation processes;
  • Knowledge and experience engaging with the UN Security Council and UN Missions; 
  • Experience working in or building coalitions; leadership within coalitions of women's rights /human rights movements; 
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills; 
  • Fluency in speaking and writing in English required, fluency in second UN language preferred; 
  • Outstanding legal/policy analysis skills;
  • Excellent organizational, project management and time management skills;
  • Knowledge and experience working on sexual and reproductive health and rights; and
  • Experience working outside the US. 

Critical Position Behaviors:

  • Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups. A willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  • Innovative: Demonstrated ability to be innovative and highly productive, with a focus on excellence in a high energy, fast moving, deadline orientated environment
  • Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally.  Uses resources well.  Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues.  Must possess a "can-do" and "will-do" attitude.
  • Commitment to learning: Applies a growth mentality to their development and pushes self and others to work out of comfort zone.  Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve
  • Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center's high standards and mission.
  • Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members and others at the Center. 
  • Adaptive/flexible: Has a can do/will do attitude and demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.
  • Empathy: An empathetic, approachable team player who engenders trust and confidence, with an inherent ability to interact positively with all members of the Center staff.
  • Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.  
  • Confident:  Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.  
  • Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.

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.

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 people from all groups and communities to apply.

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