Deadline: 12pm on Friday 19 Aug

Interviews: Week commencing 22 August 2022 

As a Parliamentary and Policy Assistant you will:  

  • Support BIHR’s parliamentary, policy and public affairs work to secure our Human Rights Act and resist the Bill of Rights Bill (better known as the Rights Removal Bill). 
  • Conduct initial research and support the drafting of briefings on the Human Rights Act and Rights Removal Bill. 
  • Proactively manage BIHR’s diary and engagements with parliamentarians and government officials, including setting up meetings, minutes and follow up actions. 
  • Support and represent BIHR at meetings with other civil society groups working to secure the Human Rights Act. 
  • Provide general support across BIHR’s human rights policy and practice work as needed, supporting HROs and the Research and Comms Associate. 

We are looking for someone who is:  

  • Knowledgeable about our Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights. 
  • Informed about public law in the UK and able to accurately analyse and communicate changes to the law and their practical impact.  
  • Able to communicate about our Human Rights Act and the Rights Removal Bill orally and in writing with a a variety of people, including MPs, peers, members of the public, other NGOs, etc. 
  • Self-sufficient and a self-starter with some experience doing parliamentary work ideally, if not, is able to learn quickly and work independently as well as part of a small team.  
  • Happy to work under pressure and to deadlines in a fast-moving, ever-changing policy environment. 

You can find out more about the role in the Job Description and Person Specification, including further information about BIHR, the main tasks in the role, and the selection criteria.  

Please note BIHR is a remote working organisation, with homeworking equipment provided, and with attendance at a central London co-working space occasionally required for induction and training. There is also a once-a-month meeting of the whole team in central London (usually the last Monday of the month). Flexi-desk space is also available weekly in central London, on rotation 

How to apply 

  • Download the Job Description and Person Specification.Please read this carefully as showing how you meet the person specification is a vital part of the application 
  • Download the Application Form. Please read the application form carefully and complete it according to the instructions. 
  • Send your completed Application Form to [email protected]. 
  • Please do not submit a CV and cover letter instead of using the application form; such applications will not be considered 
  • Incomplete application forms will also not be considered. 
  • If you wish to, you may also submit the optional Equality and Diversity Form with your application form.   

Completed applications must be received by 12pm on Friday 19 Aug. We regret that late applications will not be considered. 

Selection process 

We operate a thorough selection process for all recruitment, based on aspects of the role, to ensure candidates can demonstrate their suitability, and have a comprehensive understanding of the position:  

  • A written task prior to the interview, which you will be asked to email in advance and to summarise key points at the start of the interview (max 10 mins) 
  • A timed written task which you will be asked to complete after the interview (max 30 mins) 
  • An online (Zoom) interview with a panel with unseen questions (max. 60 mins)
  • Where candidates are closely matched following interview, we may use the Hogan Test (for more information, click here) 


Interviews will be online via Zoom, and you must be able to use this platform to attend interview. Interviews will take place are likely to take place the week starting 22 August. If you have not heard back by Wednesday 24 August, please note you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We also regret that, 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. 

Links to all of the documents you need in one place: 

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to receiving your application.