Switzerland: Regional Director for Europe

Organization: Center for Reproductive Rights
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 02 May 2014

Job Title:Regional Director for Europe

Department: Global Legal Program

Job Posted On:March 21, 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 complementary 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 Director for Europe 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 seasoned strategic program and operations professional to oversee and develop the work of the Europe Program. The Regional Director for Europe will work under the supervision of the Director of the Global Legal Program who is based in New York. The Regional Director for Europe will supervise two Legal Advisers, one based in Europe and one based in Geneva, and an Office Manager based in Geneva. The Regional Director for Europe will supervise two Legal Advisers based in Europe. In addition, s/he will manage a Legal Assistant based in New York.

The position will be based in Geneva.


The Regional Director for Europe’s primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the Europe program, including all aspects of program planning and implementation, financial management, and administrative oversight.
  • Design and develop the regional work plan, as it relates to focus countries in the region and the UN, in accordance with the strategic plan.
  • Oversee and monitor successful implementation of the regional work plan, and recommend changes to the plan as needed.
  • Develop and implement short and long-term advocacy and litigation strategies at the national, regional and UN –level for the Center’s work in Europe.
  • Identify potential strategic litigation cases in collaboration with partner organizations.
  • Develop factual records and pleadings, research and write legal memoranda, amicus curiae and case briefs on comparative and international and regional human rights law and claims for use in national and/or international and regional fora.
  • Provide technical assistance to NGOs, government and parliamentary officials, and other stakeholders on law reform processes at the national level and produce relevant legal and advocacy materials.
  • Support the design and implementation of wider institutional and Global Legal Program priorities, as appropriate (e.g., coordinating or supporting an intra or inter-departmental initiative).
  • Develop and implement annual regional program budget and monitor spending.
  • Recruit, train/mentor, supervise and evaluate staff working for the regional program. Participate in institutional recruiting processes as needed.
  • Manage and oversee all aspects of the Geneva office’s operations.
  • Oversee all financial and human resources management for the office, in coordination with headquarters.
  • Manage all consultant relationships including but not limited to legal support, payroll and visa processing.
  • Liaise regularly with Finance and Administration staff based in New York on matters related to office operations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local, regional and international NGOs and key stakeholders to advance implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Support other Center departments in institutional and regional fundraising, and monitoring and evaluation efforts.
  • Work with the Director of Pro Bono Services to develop pro bono partnerships and projects with law firms, law associations, and law schools in the U.S. and in the region to leverage the Center’s program work.
  • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights in the region through public speaking and interaction with the media.
  • Partner with the Communications Department to effectively develop and implement a program communications strategy to increase support and visibility from key audiences.
  • International travel is required.

Critical Position Behaviors:

  1. Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally. Uses resources well. Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues. Must possess a “can-do” and “will-do” attitude.
  2. Flexibility/Adaptability: Ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals and groups. Understanding and appreciating different and opposing perspectives, adapting one’s approach as the requirements of a situation change. “Out of the box” thinking is a plus.
  3. Energy Level:High energy level and enthusiasm for the position.
  4. Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  5. Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work, but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.
  6. Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.


  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values.
  • Substantial knowledge of the UN and the regional human rights systems.
  • Familiarity with international and regional human rights law.
  • Proven track record of strong management.
  • Creative legal and strategic thinking skills.
  • Good judgment and excellent analytical capabilities.
  • Effective public speaking skills.
  • Excellent writing skills in English.
  • Ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure.
  • Capacity to take initiative, prioritize, and pay close attention to detail while juggling multiple tasks.
  • Strong coordination skills.
  • Ability to lead and manage a multinational team.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of the senior leadership team of the Global Legal Program.
  • Capacity to build and maintain strong partnerships within the Europe region.
  • Litigation experience and fluency in another UN language is desirable.
  • A law degree is required.
  • At least seven years of experience as a manager working on legal or human rights strategies required.
  • Experience in developing and managing program staff and operations in an international office environment.

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

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, résumé, 2 writing samples and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.


Mailing address:
Center for Reproductive Rights
Attn.: Hiring Manager - Code 236
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 2, 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.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


How to apply:

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


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