Job opportunity - Legal and Programmes Officer

The Legal and Programmes Officer supports the Trust’s litigationresearchadvocacy and movement building work and manages a number of its grant-funded projects. 

Reporting to the Trust’s Co-Director, Joanna Whiteman, the post-holder will be required to coordinate the delivery of a number of the Trust’s international projects and to research and draft legal submissions and reports. This is an exciting opportunity in an international human rights organisations for someone who has experience in managing a varied workload and the ability to research and draft on human rights and/or equality, coupled with first rate inter-personal skills and initiative.

Key responsibilities

  • Ÿ  Undertaking legal research and drafting legal briefs, advocacy submissions and other legal documents;
  • Ÿ  Designing and implementing training components of capacity building projects in equality law and human rights law;
  • Ÿ  Overseeing and coordinating the work of external consultants and overseas partners;
  • Ÿ  Coordinating the research and drafting of country and thematic reports and drafting country and thematic reports;
  • Ÿ  Managing the delivery of a number of the Trust’s grant-funded projects, under supervision from the senior management team;
  • Ÿ  Assisting with developing and drafting project funding applications;
  • Ÿ  Managing Interns; and
  • Ÿ  Other tasks as required from time to time to assist with the work of the Trust.

Essential skills and experience:

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in law (preferred), social sciences or other relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of international human rights and/or equality law;
  • Experience in a role which requires co-ordination of multiple projects and/or 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.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Fluency in other languages a distinct advantage;
  • Legal qualification;
  • Experience in a human rights organisation;
  • Experience in organising events;
  • Fundraising experience.

Job details

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

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK as unfortunately visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer.

Salary: £24,000

How to apply 

Please apply by completing an application form and emailing it to

Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 15 August 2016.  

Please use “Legal and Programmes Officer” as the subject of your message. Only complete applications will be reviewed.


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