Sexual Violence/Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Program Manager

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New York

Equality Now is seeking an experienced program manager to lead our work on Sexual Violence and 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 Sexual Violence/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 and learn from innovative solutions to effect change particularly for adolescent girls.

This is a full-time position based in New York. The Sexual Violence/AGLDF Program Manager works closely with, and reports to, the Director of Programs. The position is a member of the Program Management team and requires close collaboration with other program managers, 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 our Sexual Violence/AGLDF program.

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/AGLDF, 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.

Sexual Violence
The focus of our work on Sexual Violence is child marriage, rape and incest.  While we work with women and girls, the focus of our work in these areas is on adolescent girls. These issues cut across our work because of discriminatory laws in relation to them and the link between harmful traditional practice and child marriage.  

Our campaign to end child marriage seeks to:

  • Demonstrate the universality of harmful traditional practices, specifically child marriage. 
  • Increased the capacity of stakeholders to effectively address child marriage using the law.
  • Increase empowerment of and access to justice for adolescent girls subjected to or at risk of child marriage.
  • Carry out precedent-setting litigation in national and regional courts.
  • Shift discourse and practice though increased awareness of child marriage as a human rights violation punishable under the law.

Our campaign to end sexual violence (rape and incest) seeks to:

  • Enhance legal protections for girls through legal precedent and policy development, alternative, quasi judicial platforms available to AGs for access to justice.
  • Repeal discriminatory rape and incest laws and enact protection laws.
  • Demonstrate the universality of adolescent girls rape, gang rape, and incest. 
  • Enhance the capacity of stakeholders to address sexual violence of AGs. 
  • Enhance learning about the challenges facing AGs in access to justice.

The Adolescent Girls' Legal Defense Fund
Equality Now’s work on adolescent girls is part of a bigger picture where we seek an end to discrimination and violence against women and girls. To enable us do this, AGLDF works across all our programs and captures what we know and continue to learning about adolescent girls, their rights, the laws and practices that often promote discrimination and violence against adolescent girls, access to justice, and the need for safe spaces.

We have over the years, developed a wide pool of useful resources that help in providing context, highlighting gaps and highlighting progress made using the law, notable is Learning from Cases of Girls Rights; Protecting the Girl Child: Using the law to end child, early and forced marriage; A struggle for Justice: Incest Victims in Pakistan; and Words and Deeds reports, which highlight specific instances of sex discrimination in the law.

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/organizations 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
  • Skill and experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning practices and methodologies
  • 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.