The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales is seeking an energetic and experienced professional with good experience in project management to serve as its Project Coordinator (full time), ensuring effective execution of its objectives and to support the activities of the Chair and Executive Committee.

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) is an independent and non-politically aligned body of barristers called to the Bar of England and Wales, committed to the broad principles of the rule of law, democracy and human rights. The remit of BHRC extends to all countries of the world, apart from its own jurisdiction of England and Wales. Its members are predominately barristers, including some of the UK’s foremost human rights barristers and legal practitioners, who offer their time and services on a pro bono basis, alongside their independent legal practices.

BHRC provides training, resources and guidance to support the development of human rights protection in partnership with local lawyers and NGOs. It raises awareness of human rights abuses through trial observations, fact-finding missions and letters of concern to government officials. It may also intervene through the submission of amicus curiae briefs or similar, across various courts and international mechanisms.

As the Project Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of BHRC’s varied programme of projects and interventions. Whilst some of these are long-term, others require flexibility and speed to respond to short-term developing situations. As such, the individual must be able to work independently and will have strong administrative and project management skills to support the activities of BHRC’s Chair and Executive Committee, as well as the delivery of programmes by its wider membership. Experience of the international human rights or international development sector is essential. Knowledge of human rights law or advocacy is highly desirable since the successful applicant may use and rely on that knowledge to further BHRC’s mission and build on its expanding body of work in conjunction with the Chair and Executive Committee. Experience in fundraising is essential since the role involves relationship-building and applications with present and potential funders. The Project Coordinator must have strong communication skills, ensuring effective dissemination of BHRC’s publications, including drafting newsletters, press releases, social media and web content, as well as professional interpersonal skills. The Project Coordinator is the first point of contact for BHRC members, donors, partner organisations and supporters. 

Interested applications should send to the BHRC Chair via email to coordination@barhumanrights.org.uk:

  1. CV (maximum 4 sides of A4) with relevant examples from previous academic and/or professional career explaining how you meet the person specifications;
  2. Cover letter that addresses two issues (maximum 500 words) (1) describe your experience in effectively managing a large and complex case load, or experience in managing a small office; and (2) what do you believe to be the most pressing international human rights issue;
  3. Names and contact details of two referees (referees to be contacted upon receipt of tentative offer of employment following interviews).

Please indicate “BHRC Project Coordinator Application” and your name in the subject heading. The post holder must already have the legal right to work in the UK.

All applications must be received by midnight, Monday 5 August 2019.