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Kaleidoscope Trust is dedicated to promoting and advancing equality and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people internat... Read more

Job Description


FIXED TERM – UNTIL 31 MARCH 2019 (with possibility of extension)


Kaleidoscope Trust is a London-based NGO dedicated to promoting and advancing the equality and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people internationally. We work with activists and organisations in 50+ countries to create positive change for LGBT+ people where they face discrimination, criminalisation and violence. Since its foundation in 2011, the Trust has established itself as a leading human rights NGO by developing strategic networks that bring international LGBT+ activists together with British and international policymakers, parliamentarians, civil society organisations and business leaders.

The Trust is a founding member of, Treasurer to and hosts the Secretariat of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN). Founded in 2013, TCEN is the first civil society network in the Commonwealth to use collective advocacy to catalyse the meaningful change needed to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics. To this end, the network provides a sustainable platform for LGBT+ activists and civil society organisations from across the Commonwealth to share expertise, gather evidence, carry out joint advocacy and participate in Commonwealth policy processes. TCEN now comprises nearly 50 members representing over 40 countries from all five Commonwealth regions. In June 2017, it was accredited to the Commonwealth, the first and only LGBT+-focused organisation to receive this official status.

In the past 18 months, TCEN’s Secretariat secured funding for and organised a series of five network gatherings, at which members were able to learn, advocate and strategise jointly, in preparation for the April 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. This programme culminated in the largest ever contingent of LGBT+ activists—38 TCEN representatives—participating at a CHOGM. The network’s numbers, detailed planning and advocacy expertise ensured that LGBT+ people were visible and that decision-makers and officials heard our concerns and priorities to an unprecedented degree. The network’s trajectory over the past two CHOGMs has been one of increasing profile, effectiveness and influence—a trajectory which we intend to accelerate through to CHOGM 2020.

The role:

This is an exciting moment for a dynamic and experienced researcher and policy analyst to join a small, creative and influential NGO, as we expand our staff team and international activities championing the equality and human rights of LGBT+ people to accelerate change to end discrimination.

The TCEN Secretariat manages the network’s day-to-day functioning, operationalises and coordinates its activities and represents the network in Commonwealth spaces. As part of the Secretariat team, the Research and Policy Coordinator will support TCEN—and Kaleidoscope Trust in its role as TCEN Secretariat—to deliver the next stage of our advocacy towards Commonwealth institutions and member states, with particular regard to the opportunity CHOGM 2020 in Rwanda presents to continue building momentum we have achieved in advancing the equality and human rights of LGBT+ people across both the Commonwealth, and Africa. The network will be gathering in March 2019 at its first-ever Global Conference, a key opportunity at which members will develop the network’s strategies and organising going forward. This post-holder will take an active role in preparing for and participating at the conference.

The post-holder work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, including other members of the Secretariat (Programme Manager, Programme Coordinator and Communications Coordinator), the network’s Management Committee and other activists from across the network. The post-holder will deliver specific outputs relating to research, policy and monitoring and evaluation. 

Key Responsibilities:

Coordination and administration

  1. Establish a process and structure to enable a group of TCEN members to develop a multi-year research agenda for the network, informed by and supporting TCEN’s strategic priorities and aligned with the network’s forthcoming communications strategy
  2. Serve as focal point for and coordinate TCEN members’ regular participation in the delivery of the research agenda
  3. Assist with drafting relevant, detailed documents and communications for various stakeholders in a timely fashion, such as policy reports, research summaries and briefings, including for parliamentarians and other stakeholders
  4. Provide support to other members of the Secretariat and Kaleidoscope Trust with other tasks as required, with particular emphasis on preparations for the March 2019 TCEN Global Conference.


  1. Develop a project plan for delivery of Kaleidoscope Trust’s biannual research report on the Commonwealth in conjunction with the Programme Manager and Executive Director
  2. Conduct research relating to TCEN’s research agenda and priorities, ensuring accuracy and trustworthiness of sources and quality of outputs
  3. Provide advice and support to TCEN members with developing relevant research projects, as appropriate
  4. Work with relevant colleagues to map out upcoming political opportunities for LGBT+ rights advocacy in the UK and globally and monitor and report on trends and changes.

Monitoring and evaluation and reporting

  1. Create a plan and develop tools for monitoring and evaluating the outcomes of TCEN’s activities against agreed programme indicators, building on established baselines
  2. Develop a plan for long-term monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the impact of TCEN’s advocacy interventions, in conjunction with the Communications Coordinator and Programme Manager
  3. Support the Programme Coordinator and Programme Manager with gathering evidence for and with drafting donor reports to a high standard at regular intervals.

Skills and Competencies:

We are looking for someone with demonstrable experience in the following:

  • Commitment to Kaleidoscope Trust’s and TCEN’s mission to advance the human rights of LGBT+ people
  • An understanding of human rights in an international context and as relating to Commonwealth countries
  • Developing and implementing effective project plans, especially which relate to and support various interlinking wider strategic objectives and programme plans
  • Designing M&E frameworks and tools relating to human rights and/or international development
  • Conducting rigorous in-depth research on LGBT+ rights, human rights or other socio-political thematic areas
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially of presenting complex issues in a simple way, and experience of using them effectively and appropriately in a variety of contexts with a range of audiences
  • Excellent networking skills and a proven track record of stakeholder relationship management
  • A collegial, adaptable and detail-oriented approach to facilitating the inputs of people contributing to a multi-stakeholder process
  • Confident working as part of a team and with managing the delivery of tasks from various colleagues
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and/or Google Suite
  • Willing to “pitch in” and support colleagues outside the parameters of the job description where necessary.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This role is full-time for a fixed-term until 31 March 2019 (with possibility of extension, dependent on funding)
  • The salary is £33,000 plus pension contributions
  • The post-holder is entitled to pro-rata standard annual leave plus bank holidays
  • The post-holder will be managed by Kaleidoscope Trust’s Programme Manager (TCEN Programme)
  • The post-holder will be based at Kaleidoscope Trust’s offices in Dalston, London
  • Standard core hours of work are 9:00am - 5:30pm with requirement to work occasionally at evenings and weekends (which will accrue Time Off In Lieu)
  • Some international travel will be required, including participation at the TCEN Global Conference in March 2019
  • 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:

Please send your CV, two writing samples and a one-page covering letter explaining (i) your interest in joining Kaleidoscope Trust and (ii) your relevant experience as per the skills and competencies outlined above. Please email the documents, along with a completed Recruitment Monitoring and Analysis Form, to info[at]kaleidoscopetrust[dot]com, titling your communication: “Vacancy: Research and Policy Coordinator”.

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

Deadline for applications: 5:00pm GMT on 10 December 2018 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis). First round interviews will be held on 17 December 2018 and second round interviews on 19 December 2018.

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