*** Update: our 6 month fixed term Human Rights Officer vacancy now has the possibility of an extension to 12 months. Deadline for applications extended to 6pm 21 Jan 2021. Apply now! ***

Are you …

  • Passionate about human rights?
  • Excited by taking legal standards and bringing them to life by supporting people to know and use human rights law in practical and meaningful ways to change their lives and those of the people they support?
  • Do you want to be involved in social change that focuses on transforming the way decisions and policies are made in public services?

… Then you could be our new Human Rights Officer.


About the Human Rights Officer Role

Due to an increase in demand for our human rights support services, we are looking to recruit a full-time Human Rights Officer for a fixed period of 6 months; staring as soon as possible following interviews in January 2021.

The HRO is a very varied and exciting role for someone with solid knowledge of the Human Rights Act and experience of working directly with people to achieve change. The role includes:

  • designing and delivering human rights learning and practice support sessions and resources as one-offs and part of programmes
  • analysing the law and its practice impact and developing policy responses and solutions
  • providing commentary on key developments in human rights law and understanding and communicating the practical impact

A passion for human rights in the UK is a must. A commitment to ensuring the best possible practical use of domestic standards outside the courts is essential. You can watch these videos from our current HROs, Eilidh Turnbull and Katrin McEntee, to understand the diversity of the role.

Please note this is NOT an entry level role. The HRO role requires not just an academic or working knowledge of the Human Rights Act, but clear experience of working directly with people using public services and/or community and advocacy groups and/or or public authorities. It is also important to understand the dynamics of working within a small, fleet of foot charity, where the environment is fast-paced and varied. For example, in any week a FT HRO could develop and deliver up to 3 support sessions, conduct research, write a blog, draft a policy submission.

Apply for this post

Please download the following documents:

You must use Application Form; you should read this carefully and complete it in accordance with the instructions, in particular you must use the Personal Statement to address each of the elements of the Person Specification. Please note:

  • CVs or cover letters will NOT be considered
  • Do NOT replace the personal statement with a covering letter or CV, this will not be considered
  • Incomplete application forms will not be considered.
  • No agencies please.

Please note: BIHR operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role, which is set at meeting 70% of the person specification essential criteria. The application form includes a tick box to be considered for this scheme. If you would like further information about our policy on this please contact us on [email protected] (marked “HRO2021 Guaranteed Interview Scheme” in the subject title).

Completed applications must be received by 6pm Thursday 21 January 2021. Late applications will not be considered. Applications should be emailed to [email protected].

Interviews will be online via Zoom; so you must have the ability to use this platform (which will be important for the appointed candidate). Interviews are likely to take place on the 4 and/or 5 Feb 2021. If you have not heard back by 1 Feb 2021, please note you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. Sadly, due to the number of applications we receive it is not possible for us to respond to all applicants; only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We operate a rigorous interview process, based on various aspects of the role, to ensure candidates can demonstrate their suitability for the role, and have a comprehensive understanding of this varied and rewarding position:  

  • A prepared verbal communication task for you to present at the interview (max 10 mins)
  • A timed written task which you will be asked to complete within an agreed time slot prior to the interview (max 2-hour task)
  • An online interview with a panel with unseen questions, using Zoom (max. 90 mins)
  • Hogan Test

We look forward to receiving your application!

Find out more about our Staff Team here, and our Trustee Board here; and find out more about what our current Human Rights Officers Eilidh and Katrin do in their roles: