Dalston, Greater London
London, Greater London
Contract, Part-time, Temporary, Consultancy role until 31 March 2021 Contract
Job description






Founded in 2011, Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people in countries around the world where they are discriminated against or marginalised due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. We work with British and international institutions and partners to support the work of LGBT+ activists to bring about positive legislative, policy and social change for LGBT+ people everywhere.


Kaleidoscope Trust is a founding member and host to the Secretariat of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN), the first civil society network to sustainably advocate on behalf of LGBT+ people in the Commonwealth. Since its foundation in 2013, TCEN has actively participated in Commonwealth spaces to raise the profile and mainstream the discussion of LGBT+ people and their rights and concerns, and to engage with national-level decision-makers and policymakers on these topics. A significant result of this work was our contribution to influencing former Prime Minister Theresa May to express her deep regret for the legacy of discrimination and violence that colonial-era legislation continues to inflict on people across the Commonwealth at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Most recently, Kaleidoscope Trust worked with the network’s members to produce a report on the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBT+ people in the Commonwealth.


The network now comprises over 60 member organisations representing 47 Commonwealth countries drawn from all regions. It was accredited to the Commonwealth in 2017, the first LGBT+-focused group to ever receive this status which recognises commitment to the values and principles of the Commonwealth as laid out in its Charter. The network’s trajectory has been one of increasing profile, effectiveness and influence – an energy which we intend to sustain by supporting TCEN members with facing the challenges they are currently working to address, including as a result of the pandemic, and to deliver on their advocacy strategy in preparation for the 2021 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting next June, and beyond.





This is an exciting opportunity to consult for a small, creative and influential NGO as we expand our international activities championing the equality and human rights of LGBT+ people. To support this growth, we now seek a Communications and Fundraising Consultant to support and work with our team.


Working closely with and under the supervision of the Executive Director, the post-holder will be responsible for developing a communications strategy for Kaleidoscope Trust and for establishing robust systems and processes for the smooth running of Kaleidoscope Trust’s communications and fundraising functions.


The consultant will also work with the programmes team to improve TCEN’s communications in support of its strategy for the 2021 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and beyond, and with delivering communications products and activities.


Alongside the development of communications plans that advance the work and raise the profiles of The Commonwealth Equality Network and Kaleidoscope Trust among key media and other stakeholders, this role will lead the implementation of the strategy to fundraise and underwrite the costs of its first three years, as well as deploy a communications plan that supports the on-going growth of the organisation’s fundraising capabilities.


You will need to be able to work flexibly, attending evening meetings and events, and be available to the Executive Director for key strategy, communications and fundraising activities, some of which fall outside of regular working hours and across multiple time zones.





Key Deliverables:



  1. Develop and manage the roll-out of guidelines relating to internal and external communications, including media/press, social media, a style guide/tone of voice and brand guidelines, working with a branding agency and with the support of a Communications and Campaigns Coordinator
  2. Develop a communications strategy for The Commonwealth Equality Network, in particular with regard to the 2021 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and a communications strategy for Kaleidoscope Trust
  3. Support the programmes team with strategic advice and expertise relating to communications activities and products as part of our programmes, as required
  4. Build and maintain relationships with key media contacts and stakeholders in other groups as relevant and act as point of contact for all press and media queries
  5. Manage, mentor and develop a Communications and Campaigns Coordinator
  6. Write speeches and articles for, and provide copywriting support to, the Executive Leadership Team
  7. Carry out any other reasonable duties as instructed by the Executive Leadership Team



  1. Develop a three-year fundraising strategy for Kaleidoscope Trust
  2. Identify funders, develop proposals and secure funding from a diverse range of donors and meet the fundraising targets as set out in the strategy
  3. Design and implement a plan to manage Kaleidoscope Trust’s supporters and individual donors, including migrating supporter data onto a suitable CRM platform
  4. Lead on the redevelopment of Kaleidoscope Trust’s website to ensure it has more of a fundraising emphasis





Skills and Competencies:


We are looking for a consultant with suitable experience, preferably including in the charitable sector and in an international context, who can demonstrate:


Education and experience with:

●      Pitching stories, news and op-eds to relevant media to support the work of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) and Kaleidoscope Trust

●      Planning and successfully delivering campaigns relating to human rights, international development, humanitarian response or social change

●      Demonstrable experience raising money for a third sector organisation or NGO

●      Experience with successful fundraising proposals and trust applications

●      Working in cross-cultural environments with a range of partners with different backgrounds and at different levels. Experience in different Commonwealth contexts is desirable

●      An existing connection to local, national, LGBT+ and specialist media (i.e. international media bodies)


Knowledge and understanding of:

●      How a human rights and/or development organisation operates in an international context

●      Appropriate approaches to working in partnership with organisations and activists—and carrying out interventions in countries—in the Global South, for an organisation based in the Global North

●      The root (and historical) causes of exclusion, especially with regard to LGBT+ people and women and girls, from a development and/or human rights perspective

●      Communications styles, linguistics and grammar

●      Story-pitching and development and the daily news cycle

●      Analysing data/inputs and writing detailed and evidence-based documents to a high quality

●      Risk management and mitigation

●      Microsoft Office Suite programmes to an advanced level (G Suite a bonus)


Personal qualities/skills:

●      Commitment to Kaleidoscope Trust’s mission to advance the human rights of LGBT+ people

●      An open, adaptable and detail-oriented approach to delivering high quality communications, campaigns, copy and marketing

●      Ability to think creatively about communications challenges

●      Excellent written and oral communication skills, and able to convey complex issues to audiences with differing levels of knowledge

●      Strong interpersonal skills, confidence working as part of a team and a proven track record of effective stakeholder relationship management

●      Self-starter with good time management and problem-solving skills

●      Willingness to “pitch in” and support colleagues outside the parameters of the job description where necessary



Terms and Conditions and Expected Timeline:

●      The consultant will work four days per week until 31 March 2021

●      The post-holder will be managed by Kaleidoscope Trust’s Executive Director

●      The consultant will be based out of Kaleidoscope Trust’s offices in Dalston, London, however will be expected to work from home (like all other staff) during the pandemic until the organisation deems it safe to return to the office

●      Standard core hours of work are 9:00am - 5:30pm with possible requirement to work occasionally at evenings and weekends

●      The post-holder must possess the right to live and work in the United Kingdom for the period of the contract

●      Start date: As soon as possible



How to Apply:


Kaleidoscope Trust is committed to equality and diversity and we particularly encourage applications from women, all sections of the LGBT+ community and Black and minority ethnic communities.


Please send your CV and a one-page covering letter explaining:


(i) your interest in consulting with Kaleidoscope Trust, and

(ii) your relevant experience as per the skills and competencies outlined above

(iii) your expected day rate.


Please email the above documents, along with a completed Recruitment Monitoring and Analysis Form, to recruitment[at]kaleidoscopetrust[dot]com, titling your communication: “Vacancy: Communications and Fundraising Consultant”.


Closing date: 18 November 2020

Interviews: via Zoom on 19 November 2020

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Posted on: 11 November 2020
Closed date: 18 November 2020
Tags: Communications, PR, Fundraising

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