Research and Collaboration Coordinator

The Equal Rights Trust is looking for a Research and Collaboration Coordinator to help us as we work to support those working on the frontlines of the fight against discrimination.

Position: Permanent; Full-time (37.5-hour work week)

Salary: £27,500

Location: This position may be either hybrid (1-3 days a week in our London office) or remote. Working arrangements will be discussed with the selected candidate, taking into account individual needs.

About the Equal Rights Trust

At the Equal Rights Trust, our vision is an equal world: a world in which everyone – irrespective of their identity, status or beliefs – can participate in every area of life on an equal basis. We work towards this vision by addressing one of the root causes of inequality: discrimination. We do this through the law. Our mission is to work in partnership to support the development, adoption, implementation and use of equality laws.

In 2023, following consultation with equality activists, academics and advocates across the globe, we launched our new strategic plan, Equal in Dignity: Equal in Rights. This plan sees us focus on addressing four “gaps” which prevent the realisation of the rights to equality and non-discrimination. Now, we’re working with the UN Human Rights Office to support equality movements in places like Armenia, Brazil and Korea as they work to secure the adoption of new equality laws. With academics and other experts, we’re driving legal innovation, examining how to improve the implementation of equality laws and how to develop equality law in response to emerging challenges, such as the growing use of AI and the climate crisis. And we’re supporting other civil society organisations to use equality law and integrate an equality by design approach in their work.

About the role

Our new Research and Collaboration Coordinator will play a central role in delivering our mission to support those working to advance equality through the law. Working closely with our Director and Head of Research, you will help us develop and strengthen our partnerships, respond to the needs and demands of our partners and support the development and delivery of a diverse range of research projects and initiatives. The role will include:

  • Managing relationships with our global network of equality activists;
  • Coordinating projects and activities with our consultants, fellows and partners;
  • Undertaking legal and policy research and drafting research reports;
  • Collating and analysing the findings of qualitative research;
  • Undertaking legal analysis and developing legal briefs and advocacy submissions;
  • Developing and providing training and guidance with and for equality activists;
  • Assisting with the design of new projects and initiatives, and developing funding proposals;
  • Managing the delivery of a number of projects and initiatives, under supervision;
  • Other tasks as required from time to time.

About you

This is an exciting opportunity for a person with an interest in advancing equality and combating discrimination to put their skills and experience to use. We’re looking for candidates with the following skills and experience:


  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in law (preferred) or other relevant discipline;
  • Knowledge of international human rights and / or equality law;
  • Experience of working with equality activists or human rights defenders;
  • Experience of developing and producing high quality research reports for publication;
  • Experience in undertaking legal research and analysis;
  • 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 Spanish (preferred) or other United Nations working languages a distinct advantage.
  • A graduate degree in law and / or legal qualification;
  • Experience working in an international human rights organisation;
  • Experience of project design and management;
  • Experience of fundraising and income generation activities.

Application process

Equal Rights Trust is an equal opportunities employer. 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 experienced disadvantage on the basis of one or more protected characteristics.

To apply, applicants should complete the linked application form explaining how they meet the requirements of the person specification and send it to

The deadline for applications is Monday 1 July at 13.00 London time. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we reserve the right to close the process if sufficient applications are received. Selected candidates will be contacted to undertake a written test and, if shortlisted, to attend a panel interview.

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