Cardiff, Cardiff
Glasgow, Glasgow City
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£37,439 per year
Permanent, Part-time, Full-time
Job description


This role can be based in: Cardiff, Wales, CF14 4YJ : Glasgow, Scotland, G2 2JJ : Manchester, North West, M4 3AQ

About the job


We are the Equality and Human Rights Commission. We stand up for freedom, compassion and justice in changing times. We do it by promoting and upholding equality and human rights ideals and laws across England, Scotland and Wales. Our work is driven by a simple belief; if everyone gets a fair chance in life, we all thrive.

Job description

If you want to make a difference and improve the lives of everyone in the country, the Equality and Human Rights Commission needs to hear from you. The work we do affects everyone and is about making Britain fairer. Whether that’s fighting for better rights for disabled people, progress on race or gender equality, or ending discrimination at work, we are the leading voice that makes change happen.

We are now looking for exceptional people to join our Human Rights Monitoring team who share our values of fairness, dignity and respect.

Knowledge, skills and experience

Successful candidates will have a good understanding of human rights gained through relevant academic or vocational experience, as well as knowledge of the UN human rights system. They will also have an understanding of UK equality and/or human rights legislation and policy, an ability to analyse and evaluate information to develop positions and recommendations, excellent strategic thinking skills, experience in delivering projects in relevant contexts, an awareness of the political and wider environment in which the Commission operates and the ability to develop strategies to influence decision-makers.


As a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) the Commission reports to UN human rights bodies assessing the UK's progress towards implementing its international human rights obligations.

A Senior Associate in the Human Rights Monitoring team would contribute to the delivery of this work, including through:
• Influencing UN reviews of the UK’s human rights record, submitting robust, evidence-based reports with recommendations for change
• empowering and supporting civil society organisations to engage in UN human rights monitoring and increase their scrutiny of government(s)
• providing advice on human rights law and policies across the Commission’s projects and functions
• raising awareness of the UK’s human rights obligations in Parliament, and influencing government(s) to fulfil these, ultimately seeking to secure better equality and human rights outcomes for people living in Britain.

The Human Rights Monitoring Senior Associate will be responsible for the successful delivery of the Commission’s projects in relation to one or more UN human rights treaties, and will support the development and implementation of both the team’s overall strategy and the Commission’s wider strategic goals.

Occasional travel is required, including overseas.

In return, we can offer you a great place to work and a dedicated team working with you on subjects that really matter. We will support you in developing professional skills and expertise, encourage you to broaden your horizons, develop new skills, and progress your career.

There is currently one vacancy within the team however candidates who successfully pass the benchmark for this recruitment will be placed, in merit order, on a reserve list for 12 months for vacancies that arise during this period.

We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. We offer a Guaranteed Interview Scheme and will make reasonable adjustments to all stages of our recruitment process where asked to do so. Should you wish to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme or request a reasonable adjustment, please indicate this on your application form. Read more information about our Guaranteed Interview Scheme on our website.


The salary for this role is £37,439.86

Those joining us from with the Civil Service on a level transfer will be offered the pay point closest to their current salary wherever possible.

• Flexible working patterns
• Annual leave entitlement of 30 days (pro-rated for part time employees)
• Access to Civil Service Pension Scheme and partnership pension schemes
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Season ticket loans
• Employee Benefits Portal
• Payment of professional subscriptions.

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know

How to apply

Please complete the application form and return to the recruitment inbox before midnight on the closing date. No applications will be accepted after the closing time. Alternative accessible versions of the application form are available upon request.

The application form asks you to provide evidence of how you meet the core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement to the appropriate level, as outlined in the generic grade profile below. You are also asked to provide a statement on how you meet the professional skills for the role, also provided below.

Please note that if we receive a high volume of applications the recruiting panel will initially shortlist on professional skills.

Please send your application in the original Microsoft Word format. An electronic/e-mail signature will be accepted. Please see the application form for our postal address should you be unable to email your application. Alternative accessible version of our application literature is available upon request.

Please indicate on your application form if you wish to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme or request a reasonable adjustment. If you have a disability which requires an adjustment or a requirement for additional support please contact the recruitment inbox.

The application form also includes a diversity monitoring section which we encourage all our applicants to complete to assist us in meeting our equality objectives. This form will be treated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and will only be used as part of the selection process in instances where it is legitimate to take positive action.

Selection process

Following the shortlisting, a variety of assessment methods may be used including psychometric assessment, competency based interview, technical interview and practical exercises such as presentation, in-tray exercise etc.

Full details will be available to successfully shortlisted candidates.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Reserve List

Those applicants who meet the benchmark agreed by the panel and who are not offered a vacancy at this time, will have the opportunity to take a place on the reserve list for a period of 12 months. This means that during this time if there are any vacancies of the same nature, offers will be given on merit to those on the reserve list

Posted on: 20 September 2019
Closed date: 29 September 2019
Job ref: 083
Tags: Campaigning, Advocacy

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