Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean Program - Bogotá, Colombia

Job Title: Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean - Bogotá, Colombia

Department: Global Legal Program

Job Posted On: February 19, 2014

Center Background:  Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise in U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law.

The Center works across the globe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information. In the U.S. Legal Program, the Center’s preeminent litigation team has helped millions of women and their families by securing government funding for abortions, striking down abortion bans and other access restrictions, and protecting teens’ access to emergency contraception and confidential reproductive healthcare services and information. The Center’s complimentary legislative advocacy initiatives and strategies have helped local advocates fight restrictive abortion legislation in over 25 states as well as promote reproductive rights and access to health care for millions of women. Through our human rights advocacy, the Center has been able to promote the integration and adoption of human rights principles in the domestic sphere while systematically norm-building and elevating local reproductive health issues within international treaty monitoring bodies and partner organizations.

The Center’s Global Legal Program has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in over 50 countries. Our Government Relations Program, based in Washington, DC since 2009, focuses on both U.S. domestic and foreign policy, providing leadership within the community of reproductive rights allies. In recent years, the Center has been able to dramatically expand its pro bono support from U.S. and non-U.S. based law firms, supporting not only the work of our U.S. Legal Program, but also our Government Relations Program (engaged in federal advocacy in Washington D.C.) and our Global Legal Program (engaged in advocacy and litigation before the United Nations and various regional and national bodies throughout the world).

The Regional Manager will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, to reverse the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establish the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S. A key component of our strategic plan is to restore heightened protections for abortion rights, as promised to American women in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade (1973). 

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.

The Center seeks a Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) who will manage and develop the work of the Center’s regional office in Bogotá, Colombia. The Regional Manager will work under the supervision of the Regional Director for LAC and will work closely with other program staff to support and build the work of the LAC program.  The position will be based in Bogotá. Colombia. 

Responsibilities:

The Regional Manager’s primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Office Management, Staff Supervision and Inter-Office Liaising:

  • Manage and oversee all aspects of the office’s operations
  • Oversee all financial and human resources management for the regional office, in coordination with headquarters
  • Supervise office manager, regional fellow and program associate
  • Manage all consultant relationships including but not limited to legal support, payroll and visa processing
  • Regularly liaise with staff in the New York office
  • Identify opportunities for litigation in collaboration with partner organizations
  • Develop the factual record and pleadings, research and write legal memoranda, amicus curiae, and case briefs on comparative and international human rights law
  • Participate in the design and implementation of advocacy strategies to support litigation

Law Reform, Research and Advocacy:

  • Identify opportunities for contributing to law reform initiatives
  • Conduct general legal and policy research on reproductive rights in the region and identify and analyze key trends, including opposition to abortion rights
  • Monitor compliance with international obligations relating to reproductive rights and jurisprudential developments
  • Contribute to formal submissions for UN human rights bodies and draft submissions for national and regional human rights bodies
  • Contribute to the development of advocacy materials and other Center publications

External Relations and Fundraising:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with local and regional NGOs
  • [Identify potential donors and actively engage in fundraising for the LAC Program
  • Liaise with international funders based in the LAC region and represent the Center in various networks and coalitions
  • Cultivate pro bono partnerships and develop projects with law firms, law associations, and law schools in the region to leverage our work
  • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights in the region through public speaking and interaction with the media

International travel is required

Qualifications: 

  • Degree in law (Juris Doctor or postgraduate) required
  • Minimum 5 years related professional experience
  • Capable of complex legal analytical work
  • Advocacy experience, including as part of NGO coalitions
  • Experience in program management, strategic planning and staff supervision
  • Experience in developing and managing program staff and operations in an international office environment
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and oral advocacy skills
  • Very detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively, to multi-task, and to work under pressure
  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values
  • Knowledge of international human rights, women’s rights and Inter-American human rights system
  • Fluency in English and Spanish

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply:    Send cover letter, résumé, one writing sample (In English) and contact information for three references (email preferred) to: resumes@reprorights.org.  Applicants must indicate “Regional Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean, code 233 and their last name” as the subject of emailed applications.  The cover letter, resume, writing sample, and reference information should be sent as attachments.  Please mention in your cover letter where you saw this opportunity.

Mailing address:
Center for Reproductive Rights
Attn.: Regional Manager, LAC - Code 233
120 Wall Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they come in and we will not hold the position open for any specific time period. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by May 26, 2014.

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 candidates from all groups and communities to apply.
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