Managing Attorney - East Africa

Women's Link Wordwide Remote - Please Refer to Terms of Appointment, - None Specified -

About Women’s Link Worldwide

Women’s Link Worldwide (Women’s Link) is a 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 intersectional 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 peacebuilding
  • Discrimination
  • Violence.
Since opening its doors in 2001, Women’s Link has been successfully advocating and litigating for new standards to advance the human rights of women and girls in diverse context. They have become known for their cutting-edge work and creative use of the law, developing legal theories and strategies, particularly those that bring attention to women that are furthest from justice and when rights violations that are invisibilized 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 staff and partners in East Africa, Europe, and Latin America.
You can find further details on their website: https://www.womenslinkworldwide.org/en.

Managing Attorney Role Profile


Managing Attorneys at Women’s Link serve as a senior legal strategists, 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 comparative value. Under the supervision of the CEO, the Managing Attorney supervises legal staff and coordinates with colleagues from other teams to implement initiatives and projects that combine creative use of law, 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 to diverse external audiences.

This role holds a unique opportunity: To unite, build and shape Women’s Link’s presence and voice around the world using the power of the law impacting the lives of women and girls, especially those facing multiple inequalities. This position will have both global and East Africa focus. There are currently three Managing Attorneys based in Europe and LATAM.

Terms of appointment

This is full-time permanent position.

This position is entirely remote while public health and travel restrictions are in place. It is preferred that the candidate be in or be willing to relocate to the East Africa region. When restrictions ease, the Managing Attorney will travel approximately once per month within the region, or to Europe or the Americas.
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 to audiences including board of media, allied organisations, and directors.
  • Partner with senior development and communication staff to ensure alignment of programmatic communications goals and positioning with Women’s Link’s 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 Women’s Link and/or contract attorneys, Women’s Link 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.

Qualifications and Experience

Women’s Link seeks the following qualifications for this position:
  • Law degree and advanced legal degree required.
  • At least 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.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing people, projects, and budgets.
  • Significant litigation experience in regional or international and/or within legal advocacy organisations in the NGO sector.
  • Significant experience working in the East Africa region.
  • Experience with at least one of Women’s Link core areas (SRR, trafficking, borders, etc.)
  • Experience in strategic communications and advocacy.
  • Experience working with marginalized populations, survivors of human rights violations 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.
  • Able to work with humility and demonstrate openness to feedback and opportunities for improvement.

  • Integrity, credibility, and dedication to the Women’s Link mission.

How to Apply:
If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before  18 May 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.

Women's Link Worldwide does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, or any status protected under applicable law (hereinafter, a “protected characteristic”) in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring, and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected]

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

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