Director of Capacity Building

Center for Reproductive Rights

New York, Nairobi or Bogota, Multiple Countries


The Director of Capacity Building’s primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceptualizing, developing and managing a capacity-building program within GLP including all aspects of program planning and implementation, financial management and administrative oversight;
  • Designing and developing the capacity-building program’s work plan, as it relates to each of the regional programs, in accordance with the strategic plan;
  • Overseeing and monitoring successful implementation of the capacity-building program’s work plan, and recommending changes to the plan as needed;
  • Supporting regional programs with the design, coordination, facilitation, and effective implementation of capacity-building strategies and initiatives;
  • Ensuring the sharing of experiences and strategies and identifying synergies and opportunities to leverage comparative expertise among the regional programs, in the design and implementation of capacity-building initiatives;
  • Researching and staying abreast of capacity-building methodologies and trends;
  • Developing tools to ensure effective capacity building strategies, including documenting and disseminating lessons learned and best practices in capacity-building initiatives;
  • Developing capacity-building methodologies that are based on lessons learned from working with partners and other stakeholders;
  • Advising regional teams in designing and developing training modules, as relevant;
  • Supporting regional programs’ analysis and assessment of capacity building needs, and development of capacity-building strategies for specific partners;
  • Collaborating closely with other departments and staff, including the Communications Department and the Director of Pro Bono Services, to ensure thoughtful integration of capacity-building initiatives into the full array of the work of the Center;
  • Supporting the Development Department with fundraising concepts and proposals to secure program funding; assisting with cultivation of donors; supporting donor reporting;
  • Monitoring and reviewing the impact of capacity-building support, and recommending improvements to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of capacity-building initiatives;
  • Liaising with relevant partner organizations and building new partnerships, particularly brokering relationships among partners in different regions;
  • Developing and implementing annual program budget and monitoring spending;
  • Representing the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights through public speaking and interaction with the media;
  • Supporting the design and implementation of wider institutional and GLP priorities, as appropriate (e.g., coordinating or supporting an intra or inter-departmental initiative);
  • Recruiting, training/mentoring, supervising and evaluating staff.


  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values;
  • Proven track record of strong management and leadership across geographies in human rights, women’s rights, social justice or a related field;
  • Proficiency with activities, theories, and methods in capacity-building field, and substantial demonstrated experience in building the capacity of non-governmental partners and other stakeholders to influence change;
  • Proven experience in developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken a program or organization to the next stage of growth and performance;
  • Demonstrated international experience and expertise, including experience living and/or working at the field level in the Global South;
  • Strong training and facilitation skills in international, multicultural settings;
  • Good judgment and outstanding networking, team-building, coordination, and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal as well as external partners and other organizations, and build and maintain strong partnerships;
  • Excellent presentation, writing, analytical, and creative thinking skills;
  • Experience in oversight and management of budgets;
  • Familiarity with international and regional human rights law and knowledge of human rights systems and mechanisms preferred;
  • Advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as law, management, or international affairs;
  • Minimum 7 years of related experience in developing/implementing capacity-building programs, particularly in countries in the Global South.

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