As a Parliamentary and Policy Assistant you will:
- Support BIHR’s parliamentary, policy and public affairs work to secure our Human Rights Act and resist the Bill of Rights Bill (better known as the Rights Removal Bill);
- Conduct initial research and support the drafting of briefings on the Human Rights Act and Rights Removal Bill;
- Proactively manage BIHR’s diary and engagements with parliamentarians and government officials, including setting up meetings, minutes and follow up actions;
- Support and represent BIHR at meetings with other civil society groups working to secure the Human Rights Act;
- Provide general support across BIHR’s human rights policy and practice work as needed, supporting HROs and the Research and Comms Associate.
We are looking for someone who is:
- Knowledgeable about our Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights;
- Informed about public law in the UK and able to accurately analyse and communicate changes to the law and their practical impact;
- Able to communicate about our Human Rights Act and the Rights Removal Bill orally and in writing with a a variety of people, including MPs, peers, members of the public, other NGOs, etc;
- Self-sufficient and a self-starter with some experience doing parliamentary work ideally, if not, is able to learn quickly and work independently as well as part of a small team;
- Happy to work under pressure and to deadlines in a fast-moving, ever-changing policy environment.
Please note BIHR is a remote working organisation, with homeworking equipment provided, and with attendance at a central London co-working space occasionally required for induction and training. There is also a once-a-month meeting of the whole team in central London (usually the last Monday of the month). Flexi-desk space is also available weekly in central London, on rotation.