Opportunity

Managing Attorney

Women’s Link Worldwide Bogotá, Colombia

About Women’s Link Worldwide

Women’s Link Worldwide is an international non-profit organisation that uses the power of the law to promote social change that advances the human rights of women and girls, especially those facing multiple inequalities.

To achieve their mission:

  • They bring a gender perspective and an inter-sectional analysis to human rights law.
  • They go beyond the courtroom and use their work in litigation and other legal processes to strengthen the human rights infrastructure, create public debate and contribute to social movements that can transform society and guarantee women’s and girls’ rights.

They strive to create social impact on the following key areas: 

  • Sexual and reproductive rights
  • Trafficking in human beings
  • Women and borders
  • Women and peace building
  • Discrimination
  • Violence.

Meet President and CEO, Viviana Waisman

Since opening its doors in 2001, Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW) has been successfully advocating and litigating for new standards to advance the human rights of women and girls. They have become known for opening new frontiers, developing legal theories and strategies, particularly those that bring attention to women’s rights violations that are undocumented or neglected. They work tirelessly to ensure that, ultimately, any advances made on paper translate into a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

They have regional offices in Latin America, Europe, and East Africa.

You can find further details on their website: https://www.womenslinkworldwide.org/en.

 

Managing Attorney Role Profile

 

Overview

The Managing Attorney serves as a senior legal strategist, litigator and initiative leader with significant responsibility to design and lead complex initiatives and manage multidisciplinary teams to achieve project and organisational objectives in line with Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW)’s comparative value. Under the supervision of the President and CEO, the Managing Attorney supervises legal staff and coordinates with colleagues from other teams to implement projects that combine impact litigation and legal strategies with communications, capacity-building, advocacy and social mobilisation to advance the mission. The Managing Attorney monitors and capitalises on relevant external trends and opportunities, develops and advances strategic partnerships, and effectively and powerfully represents Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW) to diverse external audiences. 

This role holds a unique opportunity: To unite, build and shape Women’s Link Worldwide presence and voice around the world using the power of the law impacting the lives of women and girls, especially those facing multiple inequalities.

 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Day-to-day activities vary in this dynamic position and include the following:

 

Leadership and strategy

  • Develop innovative, timely, and relevant legal strategies that create opportunities for mission impact.

  • Create new opportunities and expand the organisation’s impact by building partnerships and engaging with external stakeholders in strategic alliances.

  • Serve as a voice and ‘face’ for Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW) to audiences including board of directors, allied organisations, and media.

  • Partner with senior development and communication staff to ensure alignment of programmatic communications goals and positioning with WLW organisational communications strategy.

  • Participate in cultivation and/or reporting activities (meetings, phone updates) with current and prospective donors, as requested.

  • Partner with senior finance staff to create and monitor program budgets and plans.

Management of legal processes and partners

  • Evaluate potential cases and guide case selection in partnership with legal and advocacy team members.

  • Supervise litigation and/or directly litigate cases in front of judicial bodies or courts, depending on initiative objectives.

  • Develop and foster collaborative relationships with partner organisations, legal services providers, and law firms.

Management of people and teams

  • Guide the creation and supervision of project teams composed of WLW and/or contract attorneys, WLW and/or contract advocacy managers, and others as needed.

  • Supervise legal work, professional development, and training of attorneys and other program staff.

  • Support direct reports to develop and monitor individual performance plans, including professional development objectives.

  • Participate in screening and interviewing processes for legal and other staff positions as requested.

 

 

Qualifications and Experience

Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW) seeks many qualifications for this position:

  • Law degree and advanced legal degree required.

  • Eight to ten years of professional experience and demonstrated expertise in human rights law.  Experience desired in gender, intersectional discrimination, regional and international law,  and areas relevant to specific responsibilities.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience managing people, projects and budgets.

  • Significant experience working at national or international levels in legal institutions and/or within legal advocacy organisations in the NGO sector.

  • Regional and international law and litigation experience.

  • Experience with at least one of WLW core areas (SRR, trafficking, borders, etc.)

  • Experience in strategic communications and advocacy.

  • Experience with victims of vulnerable populations and desirable with women victims of discrimination and/or gender violence.

  • Demonstrated skills in legal research, analysis and writing.

  • Ability to see the ‘big picture’, develop a shared vision, facilitate teams and maintain a focus on results.

  • A resourceful, self-motivated and entrepreneurial individual, able to navigate effectively in a fast-moving and complex work environment, but flexible and hands-on.

  • Attentive to accuracy, detail and quality, highly organised and able to work well under pressure.

  • Ability to establish productive working relationships with diverse stakeholders.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including writing for publication.

  • Excellent proficiency in Spanish and English.

  • Able to work with humility and demonstrate openness to feedback and opportunities for improvement.

  • Integrity, credibility and dedication to the Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW) mission.

 

 

Terms of Appointment

This is full-time permanent position.

 

 

Location

The preferred location of this position is Bogotá, Colombia. The location is open to discussion and flexible depending on the specific conditions of the individual.

 

How to Apply

If you wish to formally be considered for this position, please forward a cover letter and CV in English, Microsoft Word format, along with any additional relevant documentation, to Ms Shijia Huang at [email protected] by Friday, 13 December. All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible once we have received and reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Women's Link Worldwide to undertake this assignment.

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