All over the world, journalists and defenders of democracy are detained, prosecuted, and jailed. Women and girls, LGBTQ+ people, and minorities are subject to unfair laws and targeted for abuse. Meanwhile, the perpetrators walk free.

George and Amal Clooney created the Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ) to change this reality. They believe that with expertise, creativity, determination—and a community of allies and supporters—we will succeed in waging justice to protect human rights.

Through CFJ’s signature programs, Amal, George, and a talented staff of human rights lawyers, investigators, and advocates seek justice for the most vulnerable.

Waging Justice for Women Capacity Building Fellow

Hybrid or Remote: Remote*
Supervisor: Director, Waging Justice for Women Fellowship Program


This position is for an early career professional interested in gender and women’s justice and in contributing to the second year of a new initiative. In 2023, the Clooney Foundation for Justice’s (CFJ) newest program, Waging Justice for Women, launched a groundbreaking project to contribute to strengthening the next generation of public interest lawyers across Africa by establishing a gender justice fellowship program. CFJ and its local partners place early-career African women lawyers at human rights organizations in the sub-Saharan African region. The Capacity Building Fellow will contribute to the logistical organization of incorporating lessons learned from the pilot year into our programming, conduct and synthesize research to design curriculum to train fellows on strategic litigation tools and methods, and support the Waging Justice for Women team in developing metrics for measuring and evaluating project success. They will be a point of contact for both the fellows and the host organizations, to facilitate networking, answer questions, and ensure that direct feedback is incorporated into refinement of the program. Other aspects of our Waging Justice for Women program include developing women-for-women legal aid clinics, and working on strategic litigation with local partners—and the Capacity Building Fellow’s work may overlap with these aspects as well. Our program focuses on Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and South Africa. Innovator may be asked to participate in international travel for the Waging Justice for Women convening, underwritten by CFJ.


  • A desire to learn about gender justice, particularly in Africa
  • Detail-oriented: from helping to organize an in-person meeting for all fellows to tracking metrics, this role requires a love of organization and detail
  • Ability to work with respect and care on an international, cross-cultural team and project
  • Understanding of the need for confidentiality and security given the nature of CFJ’s human rights work
  • Writing well is expected of all CFJ staff members
  • Previous experience with Africa-focused gender justice work would be a big plus
  • French language capacity is a plus


Fully remote position; must have work authorization in the country where living. Innovator may be asked to participate in international travel for the WJW convening, underwritten by CFJ

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