Human Rights Advocate (Nairobi) - Equality Now

Human Rights Advocate (Nairobi)

Equality Now is searching for a human rights advocate to support our programmes focused on ending sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. 

Role Context

Equality Now is an established international legal advocacy organisation that works for the protection and promotion of women and girls’ human rights around the world. Working with grassroots and human rights organisations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and girls and mobilises international action to support efforts to stop these abuses. Our work currently focuses on four programme areas: Legal Equality, Ending Sexual Violence, Ending Harmful Practices and Ending Sex Trafficking and has a cross cutting focus on Adolescent Girls. We work globally and have offices in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and a presence in South Asia.

Ways of Working

As a member of the programme team you will have a portfolio of campaigns and be responsible, with your other campaign team members, for delivering against agreed campaign outcomes. A typical campaign team is built around the three pathways in our theory of change (legal, advocacy, collaboration)  and is comprised of a leader, a legal advisor and an advocacy strategist (a connector/networker/collaborator/partnership and movement builder), and a point person in the Communications team for communications strategy, and media and social media advocacy. You will take on one or more of these roles in each of the campaigns in your portfolio, depending on your skills set. For this role, you will be expected to have and demonstrate strong skills to lead campaigns focused on ending sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.


  • Steer a campaign toward successful achievement of anticipated outcomes through the three Theory of Change pathways (legal, advocacy, collaboration)
  • Ensure activities deliver agreed outputs and are documented
  • Manage and report on any key deliverables for specific grants as needed 
  • Work with the Global Lead and Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist to commission research and evaluations as needed
  • Provide legal research, analysis and recommendations on strategy
  • Provide legal input on cases (strategic litigation, class actions, regional court submission etc.)
  • Support case development  
  • Identify opportunities to lever change through international and regional law 
  • Prepare and make submissions to regional and international human rights bodies
  • Map out clear advocacy pathways and strategies (local, national, regional and international as necessary), monitor progress and advise on adaptation
  • Develop effective mutually respectful partnerships with clearly articulated change aspirations, roles and mutual accountability  
  • Convene stakeholders and establish coalition(s) with shared purpose – movement building
  • Document all the above

Qualifications, Skills, and Competencies


  • An advanced degree in Law or equivalent experience in women’s rights or international human rights
  • Practised law for at least three years
  • Five years professional experience in human rights, women’s rights, social development, international advocacy or international law
  • Expertise in sex trafficking and sexual exploitation
  • Experience in advocacy at the national, regional and international levels
  • Proven experience of building and maintaining networks and partnerships, coalitions and movements
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights with a focus on women’s human rights and gender equality
  • Ability to work as part of a team and across teams and collaborate respectfully to achieve shared goals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure in a multicultural environment
  • Strong organisation and planning skills with a drive for results, outcomes and impact
  • Evidence of skills in communications for change
  • Experience in proposal development and grants delivery
  • Experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally


  • An understanding of the experiences and needs of adolescent girls
  • Spanish, French, or Arabic language skills in addition to fluent English

To Apply

Please send an application complete with resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line "Human Rights Advocate, Nairobi." The deadline to apply is 6 March 2020. 


Equality Now employees are selected on the basis of ability without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, nationality, ethnic or social origin, disability, pregnancy, mental status, HIV status, age, marital status, or sexual orientation. 

Candidates must have authorization to work in Kenya.