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Could you be our new Senior Human Rights Officer?

BIHR’s Senior Human Rights Officers are an integral part of the team, providing senior support in enabling change through human rights by working with People, Communities, and Systems, and taking what we learn from this to influence Policy. Our Senior Human Rights Officer roles (and Human Rights Officer roles) deliberately cover both practice and policy work. It is important to our operating model that the people in our team working with community groups on access to public services, or with frontline staff in those services, are also making the case for why our Human Rights Act matters with the policy makers that determine the parameters of those services and the laws which govern them.

The Senior HRO role specifically combines:

  • The management, development and delivery of programmes and policy work, which can include task (but not line management) of members of the Delivery Team (Human Rights Officers, Research & Communications Associate, Policy & Parliamentary Assistant), including first-level sign off for a range of outputs;
  • Peer support to the Delivery Team, using more senior experience and expertise to help colleagues learn and develop, and to assist with finding and implementing solutions to programmes and policy work;
  • A leading role supporting the Senior Management Team (Head of Programmes and Policy, Operations Manager, and CEO) to ensure the implementation of our Strategic Framework across the organisation, to capture our impact, and to identify and pursue relevant funding opportunities.

We're looking for someone who is:​

  • Committed to BIHR’s mission working on the Human Rights Act to support practical change beyond the courtrooms, championing our model of change with rights-holders and duty-bearers;
  • Experienced working in (or with) the charity sector;
  • A strong and confident communicator, who can bring people with them, both internally and externally, and be assertive when needed to secure BIHR's positions;
  • Self-motivating with ability to engage and enthuse colleagues in our delivery team, and to effectively work remotely and face to face, when needed.

We're looking for someone who has:

  • Significant experience of working on human rights, with specific experience of the Human Rights Act;
  • Proven experience developing an understanding of human rights standards in the delivery of health and social care, particularly mental health and/or mental capacity law;
  • Proven experience of development and delivery of rights-based training for adults, preferably including UK human rights;
  • Experience of policy work, demonstrating a practical understanding of political and parliamentary processes, ideally at the UK level (devolved experience is also valued);
  • Great communication skills and confidence in their work and the ability to provide peer support in operational work and champion our Strategic Framework;
  • Excellent networking and relationship management skills.

Initially, a 12-month fixed term contract, with a 6-month probationary period. (All positions are subject to funding).

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 10:00am on Thursday 15th June 2023