PROGRAMME OFFICER, LEGISLATIVE REFORM x2
We are seeking two experienced programme officers who are looking to make an impact globally on advancing the human rights of LGBT people and other marginalised groups with a dynamic international legal charity.
Job title: Programme Officer, Legislative Reform
Type: Full-time, fixed-term until 31 March 2023 (extension possible dependent on funding)
Salary: c. £32,000 p.a. dependent on experience
Location: Currently hybrid – remote working with at least 1-2 days per week in our London office (subject to review)
Reports to: Head of Research and Advocacy
Application deadline: 12 June 2022
Interviews: Week commencing 20 June 2022
Ideal start date: As soon as possible after interview
The Human Dignity Trust (the Trust) is a legal charity based in London, UK that supports local lawyers and human rights defenders to uphold human rights and constitutional law in countries where private, same-sex, consensual sexual activity is criminalised. At present, more than 70 jurisdictions worldwide maintain these criminal laws, a figure that is gradually decreasing due to a combination of litigation and legislative reform. Legal provisions that criminalise lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people put them beyond the protection of the law, fostering a climate of fear, stigma, and violence. These provisions also violate constitutional and international human rights law, including a person’s right to dignity, equality, non-discrimination, and privacy.
The Trust provides pro bono technical legal assistance and advisory services at the request of, and in collaboration with, local human rights defenders, their lawyers and other partners who wish to use the courts to challenge these and related laws and practices. Since our inception in 2011, we have worked with local partners in 25 countries in all regions of the world.
The Trust also supports the reform of laws that criminalise, discriminate against, or fail to protect LGBT people and other marginalised groups, and the enactment of protective legislation. Laws criminalising LGBT people in the Commonwealth are often part of a wider set of sexual offences that also discriminate against or do not adequately protect women, children, and other disadvantaged groups, such as laws relating to rape, sexual assault and ages of consent. Many of these are rooted in colonial-era laws that have long since been reformed in the UK. Building on pan-Commonwealth legal analyses, the Trust provides technical legal and related assistance to Commonwealth governments seeking to deliver legislative reform.
This is an exciting opportunity for two outstanding and passionate individuals, who will work closely with the Trust’s programme team, international experts and stakeholders from civil society the public sector, to support the delivery of the Trust’s ambitious legislative reform programme.
Working alongside our team of lawyers and communications experts, the successful candidates will be providing high quality programme coordination and logistical and administrative support that will be instrumental in ensuring the effective delivery of our programme across a range of countries primarily in the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions.
Focussing primarily on our work in key countries, the Programme Officers will play a vital role in supporting the broad range of technical legal, communications and research activities the Trust undertakes, by providing logistical support, assisting with project management and monitoring, managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and assisting with the delivery of technical assistance activities.
The successful candidates will have a passion for human rights, equality and justice, excellent organisational and communication skills and the ability to demonstrate exceptional attention to detail.
From time to time, the post-holders may be required to undertake international travel and occasionally to work outside of regular office hours.
Closing date for applications: 12 June 2022
Interviews to be held: week commencing 20 June 2022
To apply please send a CV of no more than two pages along with a covering letter of no more than two pages, using the person specification as a guide, explaining why you are an ideal candidate for this role, along with your completed diversity monitoring form.
If you meet the essential criteria, have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply, attend any interview and complete any tests, please let us know.
Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive we are only able to contact those candidates who are shortlisted for an interview. Please only apply if you meet the essential criteria.
All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having/securing the right to work in the UK prior to their employment commencing.
The Human Dignity Trust is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. Our aim is to create a safe and secure working environment where a commitment to diversity, opportunity, quality and excellence is part of our guiding values.
Our employees and any job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability (including HIV status), gender identity and expression, intersex status, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
We recognise that everyone is different and value the diversity of the people who work for us. We are committed to maintaining and building an inclusive culture in our workplace. To help us achieve this, we ask applicants to return a diversity monitoring form.