Legal Equality, Program Officer
Based in: Nairobi, Kenya
Must have the right to live and work in Kenya
The Legal Equality program aims to revoke or amend all laws that discriminate against women and girls and promote the enforcement of legal protections. By highlighting and championing individual cases, governments are held accountable for enacting and enforcing laws and policies that uphold the rights of women and girls.
The current objectives for the Legal Equality program are:
- Governments are held accountable to commitments they have made under the Beijing Platform for action including by revoking or amending any remaining laws that discriminate on the basis of sex.
- Women have the same rights as men to pass their nationality on to their spouses and children and to keep, change or acquire their nationality on an equal basis with men.
- Girls and women are protected by the law from rape and sexual assault.
The Program Officer will play a pivotal role in coordinating and developing Equality Now’s (EN’s) work to further the Legal Equality programme’s work and the implementation and use of the African Women’s Rights (Maputo) Protocol across the continent.
Founded in 1992, Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to ensuring that women and girls around the world can live their lives free from violence and discrimination. Combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy, we envision a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights. Our issue areas encompass Legal Equality, Justice for Girls, and ending Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence and Harmful Practices, including female genital mutilation (FGM) and "child marriage."
Duties and Responsibilities
- Keeping abreast of human rights issues affecting women and girls in Africa, particularly regarding the three objectives above
- Contribute to generating EN actions and alerts on campaigns against violations of women’s rights in Africa
- Researching and preparing evidence on discrimination for national and regional advocacy and lobbying activities in Africa
- Establishing and maintaining contacts with organisations campaigning for the respect and promotion of women’s and human rights, including actively participating in the Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) coalition, the Right to Nationality Coalition and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights as required
- Coordinating advocacy actions with Legal Equality’s partners, including potentially strategic litigation
- Coordinating and working closely with all other teams as guided by the Legal Equality Programe Manager. Ensuring clear and consistent communication and coordination with relevant Program Managers and their teams particularly in relation to regional emerging trends or opportunities in relation to their program goals
- Drafting high-quality technical submissions to public consultations (eg on draft laws, policy, etc) and human rights treaty bodies and mechanisms (e.g. UN CEDAW Committee, African Commission)
- Contributing to the collection, collation and analysis of EN’s monitoring and evaluation data to inform learning and action to end discrimination against women and girls and promote protections
African Women’s Rights (Maputo) Protocol
- Coordinate the planning and implementation of EN’s work plans and budgets in support of the Maputo Protocol
- Lead and participate in advocacy campaigns on the Protocol
- Engage in case development on the Protocol’s implementation within the African human rights system
- Coordinate and implement the effective implementation of training for lawyers and judicial officials in using the Protocol for the benefit of African women and girls, including the conceptualization and convening of trainings for state and non-state actors on the use and implementation of the Protocol and other progressive human rights instruments for the benefit of African women and girls (this covers both the lawyers trainings and the MSA)
Media and Communications
- Collaborate with EN’s media and communications teams to provide content emerging from our work in Africa
Other duties as reasonably requested
- Participate in and contribute to Equality Now staff meetings including relevant thematic groups discussions
- Supervise fellows and interns as required
Skills & Competencies
- A law degree or master’s degree in international law/human rights law or equivalent experience
- Two+ years experience in working on human rights issues or working with women’s movements in campaigning an advocacy regionally in Africa or internationally
- Knowledge and experience of working in/with coalitions
- Experience in extensive policy work and coordination of national or regional networks or coalitions
- Experience in human rights work focusing on using international human rights instruments to protect the rights of women and girls
- Knowledge of the African human rights system, the African Union and human rights violations against women and girls, especially in Africa
- Excellent analytical, conceptual, writing and editing skills and use of computer software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc)
- Excellent communication and advocacy skills
- A deep profound understanding of and commitment to gender equality in the law
- Fluent written and spoken English required, French/Swahili also preferred
- Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
- Ability to take initiative and work independently with a focus on achieving results
- Strong team work – working within and across program and geographical boundaries
- Strong planning and organization and proven ability to monitor progress against plans and adjust plans according to results
- Budgeting and financial management
- Existing networks with feminist and women’s rights organizations in Africa
- Experience engaging with the media in Africa
Commensurate with experience
Send CV, cover letter and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 July with Program Officer, Legal Equality (Africa) in the subject line. No calls please.
Applicants must have the right to live and work in Kenya.