Job Opportunity - Advocacy and Programmes Officer

The Equal Rights Trust (The Trust) is the global centre for excellence in equality law. We are a not-for-profit, non-governmental international human rights organisation which exists to eliminate discrimination and ensure everyone can participate in society on an equal basis. We work in partnership with others around the world to ensure the adoption and implementation of equality laws. We pursue our objectives through advocacy, litigation, development of resources, and movement building.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team as Advocacy and Programmes Officer.

This is an exciting opportunity in an international human rights organisation for someone who has advocacy experience in the field of international human rights and/or equality law and a passion for communicating about equality issues and impact.

Areas of Responsibility

Reporting to the Trust’s Head of Legal and Programmes, the Advocacy and Programmes Officer supports the delivery of the Trust’s five programmes and services (advocacy; litigation and legal services; research and resources; supporting equality defenders; and advisory services) with a particular focus on advocacy and supporting equality defenders; and coordinates the implementation of a number of the Trust’s international projects.

  • Managing a number of the Trust’s grant-funded projects, including by collaborating with the Trust’s overseas partners and project donors;
  • Managing relationships with project partners, consultants and sub-grantees;
  • Coordinating the Trust’s work to establish a global network of equality defenders to facilitate the exchange of best practice between those working to advance equality through law;
  • Monitoring the work of international and regional human rights bodies and international media to identify and respond to opportunities to advance the Trust’s advocacy priorities;
  • Undertaking research and drafting advocacy submissions and briefings for stakeholders including the Trust’s partners, governments and international institutions;
  • Supporting the Trust’s participation in key meetings at national, regional and international levels;
  • Supporting our partners to develop and implement advocacy strategies;
  • Contributing to the Trust’s communications and visibility output (written, social media, audio-visual) and other materials, particularly concerning programme work and including for fundraising purposes;
  • Assisting with developing and drafting project funding applications;
  • Managing Interns; and
  • Other tasks as required from time to time to assist with the work of the Trust.

Person Specification


  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in law (preferred), social sciences or a relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of international human rights and/or equality law;
  • Experience of networking with partners, coalitions and others;
  • Strong knowledge of social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram);
  • Experience in a role which requires co-ordination of multiple workstreams concurrently;
  • Fluent written and spoken English and the ability to produce high quality written material; 
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills; 
  • Excellent IT skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail with proofreading and editing experience.


  • Fluency /in other languages a distinct advantage, particularly French, Russian or Spanish;
  • Experience in a human rights organisation;
  • Experience in organising events;
  • Fundraising experience.

Application process

Equal Rights Trust is an equal opportunities employer. Unfortunately, this post is not eligible for visa sponsorship under the UK’s Immigration Rules.

Given our desire as an organisation to represent those whom we serve to the best of our ability, we particularly welcome applications from applicants who may have suffered disadvantage because of one or more protected characteristics.

In order to apply, please download and then submit a completed application form (with your CV included) to  The deadline for applications is Monday 10 February 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and selected candidates will be contacted to undertake a written test in the week of 17 February and, if further shortlisted, to attend a panel interview in the week of 24 February. 

The successful candidate will be asked to start as soon as possible.

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 depending on experience.

Probationary period: 3 months.

Annual Leave: 25 days per year + public holidays.

Pension: The Trust will also offer a pension contribution of 5% in addition to the annual salary.

Other benefits: The Trust provides a flexible working environment with core daily hours and offers staff the opportunity to work from home on a regular basis where possible.

Location: The position is based at the Equal Rights Trust’s office in London, though some international travel may be required.