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Women\'s Rights Programme Lead, Equality & Justice Alliance
Description

During the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April 2018, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the UK would support Commonwealth governments who want to reform laws that discriminate against women and girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The Equality & Justice Alliance (EJA) - a consortium composed of international NGOs Human Dignity Trust, Kaleidoscope Trust, Sisters For Change, and The Royal Commonwealth Society - was formed to deliver this support. We have funding from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office of £5.6 million for a 2-year programme of work, and as a consortium bring expertise in advancing equality, addressing the structural causes of discrimination and violence against women and girls and LGBT people, and strengthening legal protections to build stronger and fairer societies for all.

The EJA is seeking a Women\'s Rights specialist with experience of women\'s rights advocacy programming to help plan, oversee and deliver the EJA\'s 2-year programme \"Building fairer, more equal and more inclusive Commonwealth societies\", which will engage with Commonwealth leaders, governments and civil society actors to advance equality through three distinct strands of programme activity:

  1. Supporting Commonwealth civil society organisations to work intersectionally and conduct advocacy to encourage their governments to undertake legal reform;
  2. Convening a series of regional dialogues to build a better understanding of international standards and best practice, strengthen policy exchanges between civil society, officials and experts and build the case for legal reform;
  3. Provide a range of legal and policy research tools and technical legal assistance and expertise to Commonwealth governments seeking to reform discriminatory laws, combat violence against women and girls, eliminate hate crimes and increase access to justice.

Job Type: Full-time Consultancy

Period of employment: June 2018 - Mar 2020 (subject to review)

Location: Time divided between The Royal Commonwealth Society (3 days per week), Kaleidoscope Trust (1 day per week), Sisters For Change (1 day per week) - all London, flexible as per requirements

Reports to: The Royal Commonwealth Society (personnel); Sisters For Change (thematic)

Fee: £38,000 - £43,000 (dependent on experience)

Deadline for application: Midnight GMT, Monday 2 nd July

Interviews: Week of Monday 9 th - Fri 13 th July (provisional)

Start date: Immediate start, subject to notice period

Description of Duties

The Women\'s Rights Programme Lead is a critical role within the Alliance\'s two-year programme, managing the women\'s rights component of Outcome 1: \'Supporting Commonwealth civil society organisations to work intersectionally and conduct advocacy to encourage their governments to undertake legal reform\'. The role will operate in close collaboration with EJA members Kaleidoscope Trust, Sisters For Change, and The Royal Commonwealth Society to plan and deliver civil society capacity development and coalition building in the Commonwealth Global South, to advance legal and social change for women on an intersectional basis. The Women\'s Rights Programme Lead will also provide their knowledge, insight and expertise of women\'s rights advocacy to Alliance Members across the whole of the EJA programme.

The role will appeal to an energetic and intuitive problem-solver with a passion for supporting civil society advocacy, with a strong ability to plan, trouble-shoot and build alliances with colleagues, overseas partners and Government decision-makers. Duties and responsibilities are as follows:

Act as Women\'s Rights lead and programme manager for the EJA on Outcome 1

  • Plan and execute women\'s rights intersectional programmatic advocacy activities and build relationships as described below, in partnership with EJA members.
  • Manage a dedicated Women\'s Rights budget in Outcome 1 and conduct programme and financial reporting to the overall Programme Manager and finance officer.
  • Attend the EJA Steering Group as a non-voting member and contribute women\'s rights expertise to the overall development of the programme.

Be the Women\'s Rights lead for contributing to the coalition building of intersectional networks in support of women\'s rights in target Commonwealth Global South constituencies

  • Identify key women\'s rights civil society partners in target countries and regions, such as NGOs, women\'s trade unions, faith-based organisations, think-thanks or youth-led organisations that support EJA aims
  • Facilitate, build and maintain relationships with identified civil society networks and support the EJA\'s work to strengthen the linkages between the global, regional and national women\'s and LGBT movements
  • Liaise and consult with women\'s rights civil society partner networks in the Commonwealth Global South in support of the EJA\'s advocacy objectives and activities
  • Develop support for an intersectional approach to women\'s rights among civil society networks in target countries and regions
  • Represent the EJA to civil society and other partners, including internationally, as required.

Deliver capacity development training and support to Commonwealth women\'s rights organisations, to enable them to build coalitions and advocate for equality in their countries and regions

  • Develop intersectional advocacy and capacity-building strategies in partnership with women\'s rights civil society partners and Alliance members
  • Coordinate and organise conferences, meetings and workshops in support of the EJA\'s advocacy goals, including in Commonwealth Global South contexts
  • Manage programme initiatives with women\'s rights civil society organisations in the Commonwealth Global South.
  • Provide practical support to women\'s rights organisations to enhance their ability to access international and national institutions and decision-makers to advocate for equality

In partnership with Alliance members, identify and commission context-specific research reports to build an evidence base for legal advocacy

  • Identify partners in the Commonwealth Global South and commission research that increases the evidence base for overcoming the discrimination faced by women and girls

Provide additional support to the women\'s rights strand of Outcome 1 in partnership with the Kaleidoscope Trust and expertise on women\'s rights to the broader programme as required.

Key competencies

Must have

  • A postgraduate degree in human rights or international law
  • A track record of delivering social change and/or civil society capacity development programmes internationally and regionally, focused on women\'s rights and which include advocacy.
  • Considerable programme management experience, including the management of large budgets.
  • Demonstrable experience managing and working with multi-stakeholder and cross-cultural networks, particularly in the Global South.
  • Experience organising complex meetings and workshops at country-level, with considerations for the safety and security of participants.
  • Expert knowledge of the social and legal situation of women\'s rights, particularly public law in Global South contexts, and the international legal frameworks relating to women\'s rights and violence against women and girls (e.g., ICCPR, ICESCR, CEDAW, Belem do Para Convention, Maputo Protocol, Istanbul Convention).
  • Knowledge of sexual offences legislation, equality legislation and VAWG legislation.
  • Able to work with a variety of stakeholders, including senior political and diplomatic officials and grassroots activists.
  • High level of attention to detail and excellent organisations skills, ability to juggle competing work demands, with developed prioritisation and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Excellent time management skills and a proven ability to identify, mitigate and manage risks.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, particularly to countries in the Global South.
  • A high level of flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances over the course of a long-term programme.

Desirable

  • Experience of working in an LGBT space and/or on women\'s rights programmes on an intersectional basis.
  • Experience delivering civil society trainings.
  • Legal qualification, Master\'s degree in Law or experience working on legal issues internationally.
  • Has pre-existing networks with women\'s right organisations in one or more of the following regions: Caribbean, Eastern and Southern Africa, South Asia, Pacific.

Equal Opportunities

The Royal Commonwealth Society 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. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or age.

All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having/securing the right to work in the UK prior to their employment commencing.

Recruitment process

Applicants should send a CV and 2-page cover letter to

Job Details
Job Ref: 444510664
Hours: Full Time
Location: Not Specified, United Kingdom
Working Term: Permanent
Salary: British Pound . GBP British Pound . GBP 38000.00-43000.00 Annual (dependent on experience) Annual, (dependent on experience)