Research and Advocacy Officer

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th August, 2020

Job Description

About CHRI

CHRI is an international, independent, non-governmental organisation working towards the practical realisation of human rights through research, advocacy, capacity building, and network engagement. We believe that the promotion and protection of human rights is the responsibility of governments but that the active informed participation of civil society is also vital to ensuring rule of law and the realisation of human rights.

CHRI has offices in London, Ghana, and New Delhi. Our global work focuses on the intersection of human rights, transparency and good governance. CHRI’s long established programmes in India where it is headquartered have evolved around Access to Justice (Police and Prison reforms) and Access to Information (Right to Information) with a new programme on media freedom.

Its work on Eradicating Contemporary Forms of Slavery and Human Trafficking is led by CHRI’s London office, which also founded and acts as the Secretariat for the Commonwealth 8.7 Network - a group of 60+ local civil society organisations from across the globe who share a common vision to eradicate contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking.

To learn more about the work of CHRI London see our website. For more information on the 8.7 Network, see the network website.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The post holder will lead on research and advocacy efforts for our global programme on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking, and will be expected to undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Lead on research and development of CHRI London’s work on contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking
  • Ensure that research, advocacy and campaigning outputs are based on solid evidence
  • Work closely with others in CHRI to develop human rights policies and statements
  • Support advocacy efforts at the UN, with the Human Rights Council, Treaty Bodies or other human rights mechanisms
  • Support the capacity building of the Commonwealth 8.7 Network, including the provision of technical advice, as required
  • Oversee research projects into contemporary forms of slavery and related areas
  • Support advocacy and campaign related activities, including the drafting of documents, statements and articles
  • With the CHRI London Director, manage CHRI London’s anti-slavery partnerships, research projects, ensuring that projects are delivered on time and within budget
  • Oversee and manage the work of team members and interns, as required
  • Keep abreast of developments at inter-governmental organisations and in other relevant forums relevant standards, policies and practices related to contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking, with a view to identifying opportunities for pro-active engagement, and lead on such engagement where appropriate
  • Represent CHRI on contemporary forms of slavery in international and regional spaces
  • Contribute to the development of reports and reference materials relating to specific human rights issues
  • Other general duties related to the programme, as required – we are a small team and flexibility is needed!

Position in Organisation:

  • Reports directly to the Director of CHRI London office
  • Works closely with other team members.

Person Specification

  • With significant technical knowledge of contemporary forms of slavery, including the relevant legal frameworks, you will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, and will be experienced in conducting rigorous research and international advocacy.


  • A master’s degree in human rights law


  • Substantial expertise and professional experience in human rights law
  • Particular expertise in the area of contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking, including in-depth understanding of related issues, including survivor support, criminal justice mechanisms, international and regional coordination, risk factors and vulnerabilities, and exploitation in supply chains
  • Experience working with the legal professions, inter-governmental organisations and/or human rights NGOs
  • Demonstrated legal drafting and analytical skills, for example, through experience in the application of international human rights law
  • Strong advisory and communications skills, including with a view to conduct effective advocacy
  • Experience working as part of an international, cross-cultural team.


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