PROJECTS INFORMATION OFFICER
JOB DESCRIPTION & PERSON SPECIFICATION
Position: Projects Information Officer
Responsible To: Legal Director
Salary: £30,000-£35,000 (dependent on skills and experience)
Location: London (office-based with some travel)
Hours: Full time
The Human Dignity Trust (HDT) is a legal charity based in the UK that supports local partners to uphold human rights and constitutional law in countries where private, consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex is criminalised.
Legal provisions that criminalise lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people put them beyond the protection of the law, fostering a climate of fear and violence. These provisions also violate constitutional and international human rights law, including a person’s right to dignity, equality and privacy.
The Human Dignity Trust provides technical legal assistance and advisory services at the request of, and in collaboration with, local activists, their lawyers and other human rights defenders, who wish to use the courts to challenge these persecutory laws.
We are seeking a passionate, enthusiastic and experienced Projects Information Officer to be responsible for managing and developing the organisation’s research, global civil society relationships, online resources and special projects and events, and for keeping abreast of relevant international developments.
Under the direct supervision of the Legal Director, the main tasks and responsibilities of the Projects Information Officer include the following:
- The Projects Information Officer will be responsible for all information management for HDT.
- Obtaining and maintaining information relevant to HDT’s work.
- Keeping up-to-date with key local and global developments in fields relevant to HDT’s work.
- Monitoring global media and maintaining up to date country media summaries.
- Researching and disseminating information about the issues concerning LGBT people, including those issues impacting on communities in countries where private, consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex is criminalised.
- Producing information independently or collaboratively in a variety of formats for a range of audiences, including writing country reports.
- Delivering presentations / workshops at HDT and/or third-party conferences and seminars.
- Strategically communicating information externally and internally.
- Managing the Trust’s website and developing the organisation’s social media profile.
- Maintaining and updating HDT’s information files and systems, including all electronically held material
- Working with HDT’s local contacts and activists as well as developing new contacts across the globe.
- Maintaining relationships and building networks with other LGBT organisations and related professionals / practitioners, such as NGOs, political campaign groups and funding bodies, with a view to widening the Trust’s networks, knowledge and scope.
- Publicising HDT’s activities and events.
- Assisting the Legal Director and others within the organisation to liaise with the media locally and internationally.
- Writing and producing press releases and other external communication material.
- Developing and implementing tools for monitoring the effectiveness of PR exercises.
- Representing HDT at meetings and other third party events.
- Researching the criminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual conduct and LGBT rights generally.
- Monitoring the UN and regional international organisations for relevant developments impacting or related to LGBT issues.
- Analysing the research and assessing its relevance and importance to HDT’s objectives. This includes legal, political and social topics from a range of sources.
The Projects Information Officer is a key part of the team that implements the organisation’s litigation strategy. In collaboration with the Legal Director, the Projects Information Officer will assist with identifying cases for strategic international litigation and writing relevant legal memoranda and other litigation materials. S/he will also assist with litigation related meetings and teleconferences. Projects Information Officer is also tasked with ensuring that HDT is up to date with developments in case law in all relevant jurisdictions and before international courts and tribunals.
Events and Special Projects
- Assisting in the coordination of HDT events.
- Assisting in the coordination of special projects such as publications, podcasts etc.
Additionally, the Projects Information Officer is expected to carry out other tasks/duties as required by the Legal Director.
Required qualifications, experience and skills
- A degree or equivalent qualification (a law degree would be desirable).
- A postgraduate qualification in human rights or equivalent.
- Experience of working as a researcher and/or civil society trainer/liaison in international human rights, preferably with a focus on the rights of LGBT people.
- A proven track record of researching, managing and disseminating information for an organisation.
- Strong track record of building relationships externally.
- Proven experience in managing websites and social media, and building an organisations media profile.
- Fluent in English with strong writing, editorial and oral advocacy skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse multi-cultural environment.
- Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with all persons at all levels.
- Ability to work both independently and with others, as well as in a small team environment.
- Integrity, professional discretion and ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential matters.
Desired qualifications, experience and skills
- Experience of working with different countries’ legal systems.
- Experience of practically applying human rights law and working with non-governmental organisations.
- Experience of working with human rights organisations.
- Experience of working with LGBT people and organisations.
- Experience in a PR/communications based role. This must have included dealing with the press.
- Knowledge and experience of litigation, including using regional and international human rights instruments.
- Familiarity with the geographic regions in which the HDT works, and the Commonwealth in particular, is a definite advantage.
- A good knowledge of other languages (particularly French or Arabic) would be an advantage.
HDT strives to be an equal opportunity employer. Our aim is to create a safe and secure working environment where a commitment to diversity, opportunity, quality and excellence are our guiding values. All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having/securing the right to work in the UK prior to their employment commencing.
Closing date for applications: 29 March 2017
Interviews to be held (by Skype, if necessary): 11 April 2017
To apply please send a CV with a covering letter of no more than two pages explaining why you are suitable for the job to: email@example.com
Due to limited resources, HDT will contact only the shortlisted candidates.