Full Time

Feminist Lawyer

About The Organisation

The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) is a Pan-African and feminist non-profit organisation which engages the rule of law within African domestic and regional courts to advance women’s human rights and sexual rights. ISLA’s work is based on the belief that strategic litigation is a powerful tool for social change because it has the capacity to work in multidimensional ways, both within a given context and, critically, across contexts. We believe that strategic litigation can reframe understandings of entitlements before the law, challenge legal discourse on human rights violations, hold States and non-State actors accountable to violations of human rights and develop new norms. This is achieved by building networks across the continent that work in strategic litigation.

Overview of Work

ISLA seeks to appoint a Feminist Lawyer who, has a sophisticated knowledge of violence against women, sexual rights or women’s socio-economic rights to provide leadership in these thematic areas. The Lawyer will provide thought leadership on litigation related work and will also contribute to the organization’s strategy implementation. Reporting to the Acting Litigation Director, this person will work closely with other thematic lead lawyers, network managers and ISLA’s partners.

Minimum Responsibilities

Strategic Litigation

    • Contribute to the development of tools and guidelines to institutionalise strategic litigation practices within the organisation.
    • Research substantive issues of comparative and international human rights law and practice.
    • Legal representation on cases before domestic, regional and international human rights.
    • Manage and lead all phases of the case development plan; from the investigation. pleadings, and discovery through the pre-trial, trial, settlement, and appeal processes.
    • Identification of issues that are amenable to strategic litigation and using the law to defend human rights cases.
    • Contribute to the development of feminist jurisprudence.

Networks and Collaborations

  • Contribute to the development of the case sourcing database and referral mechanisms.
  • Identify opportunities to implement legal mobilisation strategies.
  • Providing technical support and expertise to network partners.
  • Contribute to the establishment and strengthening of strategic litigation units in partners’ organisations activities for network partners.

Knowledge Production

  • Lead and provide guidance in the development of litigation related publications.
  • Identify knowledge gaps and initiate the development of relevant knowledge products.

Strengthening Capacity

  • Facilitating capacity strengthening workshops on women’s rights issues and international human rights law.
  • Updating the Feminist Litigation Network curriculum by identifying new modules.

Minimum Job Requirements


  • A Legal Degree and is admitted to legal practice in any African country.
  • Have an Advanced Degree in Human Rights, Gender or other relevant subjects.
  • Expertise in handling cases of women’s human rights.
  • Must have a minimum of 10 years in legal practice.
  • Supervisory and management experience.
  • Have experience in coordinating and managing projects and demonstrate evidence of being a self-driven, resourceful person who is able to manage and coordinate teamwork well.
  • Have experience in contributing to the overall strategic planning of an organisation; and
  • Exhibit the highest standards of excellence and integrity, and display, at all times and to all persons, a courteous, professional and cooperative attitude.



  • A demonstrative ability to make a strategic and dynamic approach to the use of law as a tool for the promotion of human rights.
  • Substantial experience in litigation using constitutional, regional and international human rights law.
  • An in-depth or sophisticated understanding of international and comparative human rights mechanisms, and institutions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of women’s human rights and feminist legal methods.
  • Fundraising experience, including demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with individual donors will be beneficial.
  • A good command of the English language. Ability to speak French will be most desirable.
  • Strong research capacity and exceptional writing skills.
  • A keen analytical ability and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well in a diverse group.

Additional Information

Other Essentials Specific to the Job

  • Able and willing to travel occasionally.
  • Commitment to the overall aims and values of ISLA; Feminism and Pan Africanism.
  • Expectation of occasional work outside regular weekday hours, as required to do the job.

Preference will be given to qualifying women applicants.

Salary: This position offers a competitive total cost to company salary of R900,000.00 per annum, and commensurate with experience.

Closing Date: 30 December 2022

Suitable candidates who meet the requirements for this position are invited to click here to complete an application form.

ISLA’s job application form replaces the need to submit a CV as we prefer to have standardised information provided by all candidates. Upon submission, the applications will be received by the ISLA recruitment team for selection. Only shortlisted candidates will receive feedback on their application with further requirements. Late applications will not be considered.