Senior Legal and Policy Adviser

The Equal Rights Trust works to eliminate all forms of discrimination and ensure everyone can participate in life on an equal basis. We work in partnership with equality defenders – civil society organisations, lawyers, academics and others using the law to promote equality – providing the legal, strategic and practical support which they need to secure the adoption, enforcement and implementation of comprehensive equality laws. To date, we have supported equality movements in more than 50 countries to undertake advocacy, litigation and documentation on issues of equality and non-discrimination. At the international level, we work in partnership with the UN, other INGOs and international experts to develop understanding of equality law and its role in addressing issues ranging from corruption to COVID 19.

Areas of Responsibility

Our new Senior Legal and Policy Adviser will play a central role in delivering the Equal Rights Trust’s mission to support those working to secure the adoption, enforcement and implementation of equality laws.

Reporting to, and working closely with, our Director, the Adviser will provide legal, policy and strategic advice on all aspects of our work and will lead work across our five programmes (advocacy; litigation and legal services; research and resources; supporting equality defenders; and advisory services). The Adviser will have a key role in shaping the future of the organisation, both through delivering our current strategy and through informing the development of a new strategy, to be launched in late 2022. They will also participate in the design, development and implementation of new projects and collaborations and in the delivery of our fundraising and income generation strategies.

Strategic and Managerial

  • Support and advise the Director and the Board in strategic planning for the organisation and contribute to the development of a new five-year strategy;
  • Advise the Director and the Board on both internal and external organisational policy;
  • Act as a spokesperson for the Trust, including by delivering training and representing the organisation at public events;
  • Supervise the work of the Trust’s Legal Officer, together with paid interns and Fellows and work across the Programmes Team to provide expert legal support and input;
  • Identify and maintain relationships with external sources of programmatic support where necessary.


  • Deliver the Trust’s legal research work on the rights to equality and non-discrimination and their role in the realisation of other human rights and development, including through conceptualising, developing and delivering research projects and reports;
  • Provide expert legal support and input to the Trust’s advocacy work, through overseeing the research and development of briefs for national partners and relevant international stakeholders;
  • Lead the Trust’s programme of support to lawyers undertaking strategic litigation and providing legal services and the implementation of the Trust’s own interventions in international and regional cases;
  • Oversee and undertake work to increase the expertise and capacity of equality defenders including through the development of training materials and through delivering training around the world;
  • Represent the Trust by providing substantive expertise and guidance on matters of equality law as requested by the Trust’s partners and other equality defenders.

Project Management and Development

  • Supervise the Trust’s Legal Officer in the implementation of a number of the Trust’s grant-funded projects;
  • Support the Director in developing and implementing the Trust’s fundraising and income generation strategy, including through the design of new projects and the preparation of grant applications.


  • The job description is a general outline of the job duties and responsibilities. The post holder may be required to undertake other duties as may reasonably be required from time to time.

Person Specification


  • Qualified lawyer (though the advertised role is non-practising);
  • Demonstrable expertise in equality law;
  • Excellent knowledge of international human rights law;
  • At least three years’ experience in a comparable role;
  • Excellent legal research and drafting skills and a track record of writing on matters of equality and human rights;
  • Excellent communication skills for both external and internal communications;
  • Superb organisational and IT skills;
  • Ability to show initiative and take a leadership role in resolving problems;
  • Self-motivated, comfortable with working autonomously and as part of a small team;
  • Commitment to the creation of an equal world.

Highly Desirable

  • Post-graduate qualification in equality law or international human rights law;
  • Language skills, in particular Russian, Arabic or Spanish;
  • Experience of fundraising and income generation activities, ideally in the area of project funding.
  • Experience in a charity or non-governmental organisation.


  • We will consider applications from those wishing to work both full time and part time and those wishing to propose a job share arrangement.
  • The Trust has a hybrid working policy. We have an office in London and staff currently work between 20% and 100% of their time in this office. We will consider applicants who wish to work primarily remotely.

Salary:                      £45,000 (the salary band for this post is £45,000 - £52,000)
Probationary period: 3 months
Annual Leave:           25 days per year + public holidays (pro rata)
Pension:                   The Trust will also offer a pension contribution of 5% in addition to the annual salary.
Location:                  The Trust has an office in London, but we are willing to consider applicants who wish to work primarily remotely.

Application process

The 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 commitment 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 submit a CV and a cover letter explaining how you meet the person specification to The deadline for applications is midday, Monday 15 November. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and selected candidates will be contacted to undertake a written test on either 18 or 19 November and, if shortlisted, to attend a panel interview on Monday 22 November.

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