Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Program Manager

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Equality Now is seeking an experienced program manager to manage the work of the Adolescent Girls' Legal Defense Fund (AGLDF). This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and strategic individual to deliver a flagship global program for girls as well as to envision and implement a new initiative, the GENEROSITY of GIRLS Fund.

The AGLDF Manager will have the demonstrated ability to implement international program networks and funds, deliver multi-country programs, and head an international team to drive innovative solutions and effect change for adolescent girls.

This is a full-time position based in New York. The AGLDF Program Manager works closely with, and reports to, the Program Director. The position requires close collaboration with program officers and communications and development staff across all offices. The Manager will provide both leadership and support to advance the goals and implement the strategic vision of AGLDF.

About Equality Now

Equality Now is an established international legal advocacy organization that fights for the protection and promotion of women and girls’ human rights around the world. Working with grassroots and human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now seeks to end violence and discrimination against women and girls by mobilizing international action to support efforts to stop these abuses. Its work focuses on four program areas: Discrimination in Law, Sexual Violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and Sex Trafficking. Equality Now’s offices are located in New York, London, and Nairobi, with a growing presence in the Middle East and expansion plans for Asia.

The Adolescent Girls' Legal Defense Fund
Cutting across all program areas, the Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund (AGLDF) was created to help rectify the unique and devastating human rights abuses suffered by girls in adolescence. The only initiative of its kind with a specific focus on the rights of girls, AGLDF supports and publicizes strategically selected legal cases, diversified to represent the most common and significant human rights abuses of adolescent girls.

AGLDF objectives include:

  • Increased legal protections and access to justice for girls through impact litigation and law reform
  • Enhanced capacity of communities to address adolescent girls’ human rights
  • Greater visibility and public policy impact of cases nationally, regionally and internationally
  • Amplification of girls’ voices and experiences of abuse at the national, regional and international levels

The GENEROSITY of GIRLS Fund has been recently established under the AGLDF and aims to invest in and empower girls up to the age of 16 years, including through promoting “safe spaces” and skill building opportunities for girls who are particularly vulnerable, and investing in girls who are plaintiffs in AGLDF cases as well as girls who are in emergency situations and need an urgent intervention.

  • Provide the strategic vision for AGLDF and the GENEROSITY of GIRLS Fund across all Equality Now offices
  • Collaborate with program officers to help identify cases of violations of girls’ rights with the goal of setting legal precedents and to liaise with grassroots partners
  • Inform the strategy to advance AGLDF cases through various legal systems, including generating Equality Now actions and alerts, supporting submissions to international and regional treaty bodies, collaborating with media and communications teams to raise public awareness
  • Establish guidelines for projects funded by the GENEROSITY of GIRLS Fund and overseeing implementation of the Fund and reporting procedures
  • Set up management and communication systems to facilitate the implementation of AGLDF and the GENEROSITY of GIRLS Fund across Equality Now offices
  • Work in partnership with relevant international and regional coalitions/organizat¬ions on their work on adolescent girls and in particular pushing for greater emphasis on girl’s rights
  • Develop and strengthen international policy on girls’ rights through the findings coming from cases
  • Coordinate communications and meetings with AGLDF Advisory Board
  • Work with development staff to identify new funding sources and engage with donor community
  • Provide timely reports on activities to donors
  • Master’s or higher degree required, professional background in international law a plus
  • 5-7 years of experience working on adolescent girls programming (preferably with an international organization)
  • Skill and experience to effectively communicate and advocate for a justice system that works for adolescent girls, even in difficult circumstances
  • Knowledge of international and regional human rights framework and relevant UN human rights mechanisms/instruments
  • Interpersonal skills to work effectively and respectfully with co-workers in a small office and with colleagues and partners internationally
  • Experience managing and setting priorities for a diverse staff
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to travel up to four times each year
  • Fluency in Spanish, French and/or Arabic a plus
  • Established networks among girls organizations, programs and donors a plus
Commensurate with experience.
To Apply: 

Please send a résumé and cover letter to with the subject line "AGLDF Program Manager." No calls please.