London, Greater London
Permanent, Full-time
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Position Title:        Programme Officer– Non-Discrimination

Location:               The Trust’s office in West London

Reporting to:         A Programme Manager


responsibility:       None

Grade and salary:  Grade D, £48,719

Contract terms:      Permanent, 37.5 hours a week

About the Trust

The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a grant-making foundation based in London. Founded in 1995, its purpose is to promote the values and principles of human rights, equality and the rule of law, and to preserve nature from further degradation.

In pursuit of these goals, the Trust has given away approximately £397 million to organisations all over the world. Its current annual budget is approximately £47 million. The Trust is led by nine Trustees and currently employs 25 staff. 

Purpose of the role

To advise the Trustees of the Sigrid Rausing Trust on grant-making related to non-discrimination. The Programme Officer will work across the Women’s Rights, LGBTI and Xenophobia and Intolerance programmes, and will also advise other Trust programmes on integrating non-discrimination in their work and how different forms of discrimination intersect to create exclusion. 

The Women’s Rights Programme supports organisations working to uphold women's rights and promote gender equality in three areas: ending gender-based violence, protecting sexual and reproductive rights and securing women's land and property rights. We also support national, regional and international women's funds.

The LGBTI programme aims to improve the legal standing and social acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people in our focus regions. We support organisations working to address discriminatory laws, homophobia and violence.

The Xenophobia and Intolerance Programme supports organisations in our focus regions defending the rights of people who are discriminated against, subject to hate speech and demonisation or denied access to justice due to their ethnic identity or refugee status.

Relationships and reporting lines

The Programme Officer will report to a Programme Manager, 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 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 and are currently undertaking a wide-ranging review of staff benefits.

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:

  • Making a contribution to the strategic direction of the programmes;
  • Liaising with staff and Trustees on the overall approach to the portfolios they work on;
  • Identifying potential grant applicants by researching organisations in fields 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;
  • Supporting learning across the Trust on how we can better address discrimination including intersectional discrimination in our grant-making;
  • 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, on issues of equality and non-discrimination;
  • Demonstrable experience of working across issues of discrimination and applying an intersectional approach;
  • 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;
  • Ability to work closely and sensitively with other team members;
  • 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 a minimum of six weeks a year in the UK and internationally.

How to apply:

Please submit a two page CV and two page cover letter to apply. Please either use the word document template as a cover letter, or write a speerate cover letter (maximum 2 pages) to demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the role. 

Closing date for applications is midnight on 21st February 2021.

We expect to hold first round interviews during the week of 8th March.


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Refreshed on: 06 February 2021
Closed date: 21 February 2021
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