Join our London team as part-time Head of Operations

The Equal Rights Trust is seeking a part-time Head of Operations to play a crucial senior role in our London-based team. You will be joining an organisation whose core values include diversity, transparency, collaboration, partnership and excellence. We are a motivated team of individuals, each with their own sphere of responsibility, working within a friendly, supportive and collaborative environment. As an organisation, we seek to maximise flexibility in part to remove barriers to employment for those who are unable to take a 9-5 role. 

The new Head of Operations will be joining the organisation at a key moment in its development. Last year the Trust launched its new five-year strategy and restructured its internal operations to make the Trust more efficient and effective. As part of this process, we have modernised our financial management system and developed and launched new policies and procedures in areas such as risk management and human resources. The Head of Operations, who reports to the Co-Directors and sits on the Senior Management Team, will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of these policies and the Trust’s operations more broadly as well as ensuring the Trust complies with its obligations to its donors. In the coming year, the Head of Operations will also be driving the optimization of the operations team to support the programmes team in income generation efforts.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated individual with initiative and experience, looking to play an instrumental role in the development and growth of an international human rights organisation. In addition to supporting the Co-directors and the Board of Trustees in growing the organisation, you will also use your leadership skills to oversee the Trust’s financial, human resource and office management. The role will suit a highly organised individual with excellent communications skills, who is keen to innovate to help the charity grow.  The working arrangements of this role have been designed to be flexible in order to maximise the possibility that those looking for a part-time role to combine with caring responsibilities or for other reasons, are not excluded from applying.

Person Specification


  • At least three years’ experience in a comparative role;
  • Line management experience;
  • Experience of centralised management of multiple projects running concurrently, with different donors and contractual requirements;
  • Experience of establishing and maintaining project management systems to plan, monitor and manage staff time;
  • Experience of financial management or of supervising a financial management function;
  • Experience of office management;
  • Superb organisational skills and initiative and a strong sense of responsibility;
  • Excellent numerical and IT skills;
  • Excellent communication skills for both external and internal communications;
  • Self-motivated and comfortable with working autonomously;
  • Commitment to equality.

Highly Desirable

  • Experience of the development of an international organisation, including knowledge of key donors and fundraising processes (experience of working on project management of EIDHR and/or US State Department donor contracts a particular plus);
  • Strong knowledge of project logic and ability to develop and oversee implementation of excellent logframes, monitoring and evaluation and sustainability approaches;
  • Direct, hands-on experience of financial management in a grant-funded organisation;
  • Experience in using accounting software, in particular QuickBooks;
  • Experience of managing the Human Resources function of a small organisation;
  • Knowledge and/or experience of international human rights/equality and development work;
  • Language skills, in particular Russian, Arabic and/or Spanish.

Application process

Equal Rights Trust is an equal opportunities employer.  As stated above, the working arrangements of this role have been designed to be flexible in order to maximise the possibility that those looking for a part-time role to combine with caring responsibilities or for other reasons, are not excluded from applying.

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.

Unfortunately, this post is not eligible for visa sponsorship under the UK’s Immigration Rules.

In order to apply, please download and then submit a completed application form (with your CV included) to The deadline for applications is 5pm on 22 February 2019.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Selected candidates will be contacted to undertake a written test and, if further shortlisted, to attend a panel interview.

The successful candidate will be asked to start 1 April or as soon as possible thereafter.

£38-45,000 depending on experience (pro rata. Role is for 40-60% FTE)

Probationary period
3 months

Annual Leave
25 days per year + public holidays (pro rata)

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.

The post-holder will be based in our office in London.


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