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We are looking for a creative and digital-savvy individual, excited about the possibility to make a real impact in advancing LGBT human rights globally. You will have experience in communications and are looking to take your career forward with a dynamic and influential international organisation.
Position: Communications Officer
Type: Permanent full-time or 3-4 days per week (pro rata)
Salary: c. £32,500 per annum (pro rata if working 3-4 days per week)
Location: London, UK, with remote working currently available but subject to review
Reports to: Head of Strategic Communications
Closing date: 2 May 2021
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, consensual same-sex sexual conduct 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 the laws that discriminate against and persecute LGBT people. Since our inception in 2011, we have worked with local partners in 21 countries in all regions of the world. As a key component of our work, HDT works with our local partners to provide specialist strategic media and communications technical assistance, in order to support them to build skills, confidence and capacity in managing local and international communications around any litigation they decide to pursue.
The Trust also supports the legislative reform of laws that criminalise, discriminate against or fail to protect LGBT people and other vulnerable groups. Laws criminalising LGBT people in the Commonwealth are often part of a wider set of out-dated sexual offences and related laws that discriminate against and do not adequately protect women, children, LGBT people and other vulnerable 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 that the Trust has been spearheading since 2014, the Trust is delivering a programme of technical assistance to Commonwealth governments seeking to deliver legislative reform. The current phase of our legislative reform programme runs to 31 March 2021.
Purpose of the post
We are looking for a creative and digital-savvy individual with experience in a communications role looking to take their career forward with a dynamic and influential international human rights organisation.
You will be excited about the possibility to make a real impact in advancing LGBT human rights globally, and will need strong written and organisational skills to produce targeted and impactful content for the press, social media, our website and newsletter.
You will need excellent interpersonal skills as, under the direct supervision of the Head of Strategic Communications, you will provide specialist media and communications assistance to HDT’s partner organisations around the world, as well as delivering on HDT’s own communication strategy.
Attention to detail is crucial to maintain our brand standards, whilst analytical ability is also required to evaluate and report on the outcome of our communications across all media.
You will have the opportunity to use your keen eye and creative instincts to shape conversations to support the cause of LGBT human rights in a variety of geographic and cultural environments.
You will be able to work in close collaboration with the HDT staff team, whilst maintaining a high degree of autonomy. COVID-permitting, you will be expected to travel several times per year to work with local LGBT activists and lawyers around the world.
Regrettably, as a consequence of the nature of HDT’s work, the Communications Officer will be subjected to distressing critiques of LGBT people and the successful candidate will have to tolerate this with resilience, tact and professionalism.
We are looking for someone full-time but depending on circumstances and funding may also consider a part-time role of at least 3-4 days per week.
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 to explain why you are an ideal candidate for this role to Christopher Price at [email protected].
Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive we are only able to contact those candidates who are shortlisted for interview. Please only apply if you meet the essential criteria.
Closing date for applications: 2 May 2021
Interviews and tests to be held: Week commencing 17 May 2021
Start date: As soon as possible after interview
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.
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.
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