Job o’ the Day: Legal Fellow for Latin America & the Caribbean with the Center for Reproductive Rights (Bogota, Colombia)

From the PSJD job posting:

The new Legal Fellow for Latin America and the Caribbean will be joining the Center at an exciting time for the institution and at a critical time for the reproductive rights movement globally.  As opponents of women’s rights have increased their attacks on the legal and human rights framework at the UN, the Center is fighting back with national, regional, and international strategies embodied in a new strategic plan launched in early 2012.  The plan intensifies our efforts to strengthen the legal protections for access to safe and legal abortion, affordable contraception, the expansion of the reproductive rights of adolescents, and the recognition that the prevention of maternal mortality is a fundamental human rights issue.

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

The position will be based in Bogotá, Colombia.

  • The Legal Fellow for LAC will work under the supervision of the Regional Director for LAC and closely with the Regional Office Manager for LAC, the Legal Adviser for LAC and the Legal Adviser for LAC based in New York to support and build the work of the LAC Regional Program.
  • Conduct legal and policy research and analysis on international law, human rights law, and foreign and comparative law, especially laws in LAC that impact women’s reproductive rights in the region.
  • Support the LAC Program’s litigation strategy by developing factual records and drafting legal memoranda, pleadings and amicus briefs–including conducting fact checking and citation work– on comparative and international human rights law and claims for use in national, regional, and/or international fora.
  • Support the LAC Program’s strategy on the implementation of decisions and friendly settlements. Support the research and drafting of publications and other materials to advance the LAC Program’s work and help coordinate the production of LAC Program publications.
  • Support the Regional Director for LAC in providing technical assistance to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in and draft submissions to UN and regional human rights bodies, including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and UN treaty monitoring bodies.
  • Prepare and/or translate materials for advocacy in LAC regional and international fora.
  • Support the Regional Director for LAC in preparing presentations for conferences and meetings.
  • Assist the Regional Director for LAC with the coordination of the internship program and with the supervision of interns, volunteers and pro bono lawyers.
  • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights through public speaking, and as required, engagement with the media.
  • Support operational activities of the LAC Program as needed, including maintaining filing systems, maintaining relationships with NGO partners in the region, liaising with the New York office, assisting with organizing program-related events and meetings; assisting with the development of internal procedures for print and electronic media.

Regional travel is required.

Duration of Position: One year with a possibility of renewal for a second year.  The position is full-time.

Applications are due on Sunday, March 31, 2013. For more information, view the full job description at PSJD.org (log-in required).

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