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London, Greater London (Hybrid) 3.58 miles
£50,278 per year
Contract, 12 months with the possibility of renewal, Full-time
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Reporting to: Programme Manager – Human Rights


responsibility: None

About the Trust

Founded in 1995, the Sigrid Rausing Trust is a grant-making foundation based in London. The Trust runs ten grant-making programmes, organised under three themes: human rights, fairness and inclusion and the environment. In addition, we make occasional grants in other fields, including medical and humanities research. The Trust has so far committed approximately £460 million to organisations all over the world. Its grant-making budget for 2022 is approximately £37 million. The Trust is led by nine Trustees and currently employs 27 staff. More detail on the Trust’s work can be found on its website

Purpose of the role

To advise the Trustees of the Sigrid Rausing Trust on their human rights grantmaking. The post would work flexibly across the Trust’s human rights programmes, which include

  • Strengthening the Human Rights Field
  • Defending Civic Space
  • Truth, Justice and Memory and
  • Detention, Torture and the Death Penalty.

Relationships and reporting lines

The Programme Officer will report to a Programme Manager for human rights, and will work closely with other members of the programmes team, as well as the Executive and Deputy Executive Directors on matters of strategy. Additional key relationships include interaction with the Chief Executive, Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director and Trustees, as well as collaboration with the Trust’s other programme officers and operations staff.

Working for the Trust

The Trust is committed to staff development. We offer various opportunities for staff to learn and develop, including an individual training budget, and management devoted to coaching and development as a grant maker. We encourage staff to attend events such as conferences, expert and donor meetings, to keep abreast of the developments in the human rights and philanthropic fields. The Trust is committed to being a good practice employer. We offer flexible working arrangements.

It is important to us that our organisation is diverse, so we actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities.

Main duties and responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to manage all stages of the grant making process, from invitation to application, award and reporting.

Programme Officer Duties:

  • Liaising with staff and Trustees on the overall approach to the portfolios they work on;
  • Identifying potential grant applicants by researching organisations in fields and geographies of interest to the Trust, networking and attending relevant events;
  • Providing expertise on the issues covered in the programmes they work on;
  • Reviewing submitted applications, interviewing potential grantees, undertaking due diligence and preparing analytical reports and recommendations to the Trustees;
  • Reviewing reports submitted by grantees, evaluating and reporting on the impact of grants and signing off on grant payments;
  • Managing the grant making pipeline to ensure efficiency of processes and an appropriate balance of recommendations across the Trust’s grant making meetings;
  • Maintaining relationships and regular communication with grantees, including site visits and attendance at grantee events;
  • Keeping informed of developments in relevant fields and in the Trust’s focus countries;
  • Developing relationships with other donors and stakeholders in the field;
  • Representing the Trust externally at national and international conferences.

Other Duties:

  • Carrying out similar duties for other programme areas as needed; 
  • Conducting research into particular thematic or funding related issues relevant for the Trust as needed;
  • Such other duties as the Trust may reasonably require.




  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field.


  • At least seven to ten years of experience, ideally on issues related to the portfolio;
  • Experience of working in some of the Trust’s geographic focus areas;
  • Demonstrable commitment to furthering the Trust’s vision;
  • Knowledge of working with international and regional human rights mechanisms as they pertain to the issues addressed by the portfolios they work on;
  • Experience of developing and managing relationships with civil society;
  • Demonstrable interest, knowledge and experience of the issues addressed in the portfolios they work on;
  • Prior experience of working in the civil society, legal or donor sector ideally on the issues in the portfolio.
  • Experience of grantmaking is desirable.

Key Competences and Skills:

  • Adaptability and flexibility;
  • Organised, with the ability to prioritise and manage competing demands;
  • Ability to think strategically about opportunities for grantmaking in the given fields;
  • Good judgement, demonstrating objectivity and self-awareness;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Analytical, with excellent research skills;
  • An understanding of good grant making practice, including due diligence, effective grants management, legal compliance and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Collaborative, with good interpersonal skills;
  • Takes initiative but knows when to seek advice and guidance;
  • Integrity, humility and a sense of humour.

SRT is only able to consider applications from candidates who already have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom. The post will be based in London and will require travel up to six weeks a year in the UK and internationally.

How to apply:

Please submit a 2-page CV and cover letter to (maximum 2 pages) apply. 

Closing date for applications is Sunday 4th September  

We expect to hold first round interviews during the week of 12th September

More about Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Sigrid Rausing Tust is a grant making foundation established in 1995. 

The Trust runs ten grant-making programmes, organised... Read more

Refreshed on: 04 August 2022
Closing date: 04 September 2022 at 23:30
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