Equal law 2023 Fellowship

The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) is inviting applications from graduates and post-graduates for a three-month paid human rights fellowship with the Oak Foundation from January 2023. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about international human rights in practice from within a global organisation. The fellowship programme is administered by EHRAC, which has benefitted from the support of the Oak Foundation for over ten years.

We are seeking an exceptional and enthusiastic candidate who is able to commit to a three-month paid human rights fellowship. There may be a possibility of extension. You must be able to work full time for the duration of the Fellowship and in the Oak Foundation’s central London office, or in accordance with COVID regulations.

We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those with lived experience, or experience of any of the issues related to OAK’s work. We are particularly interested in applicants with experience and skills relevant to the following countries: Brazil, India, Russia and Myanmar.

Please be aware that we cannot provide visa support for applicants. Therefore you must already have the right to live and undertake a paid placement in the UK for the duration of the fellowship.

Placement Description

The fellowship will be based within the International Human Rights Programme (IHRP) team in the Oak Foundation offices in central London. Working closely with the Programme Director and Officers, the successful candidate will be required to carry out both substantive and administrative tasks relating to five core programme priorities:

  1. To close the impunity gap for gross violations of human rights by investigating and documenting gross abuses, holding abusers to account and seeking victim redress.
  2. To uphold fundamental guarantees in international law which prohibit arbitrary detention and torture and ensure the observance of due process guarantees.
  3. To ensure that LGBTQI communities are free from discriminatory prosecution, persecution and violence.
  4. To protect human rights defenders at risk, strengthen their capacity, combat closing civic space and build a strong and resilient human rights movement.
  5. To build greater public and donor support for human rights. Typical tasks will include: assisting in drafting recommendations in relation to grant applications; assisting in monitoring and evaluating grant-holders across the Oak portfolio; taking meetings minutes; conducting routine correspondence with grantees and applicants; helping prepare presentations and other communications materials and administrative office tasks, such as scheduling appointments and assisting with filing.

Fellow Profile:

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about international human rights in practice from within a global organisation. We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic candidate who is willing to commit to a three month placement commencing in January 2023. There may be an opportunity to extend the position.
• You will be a recent graduate or postgraduate with a sound grounding in the field of human rights, international development, or a related field as a result of your studies or practical experience;
• You will have strong analytical and critical thinking skills and will write clearly and concisely;
• You will display intellectual curiosity, and will be a fast learner with demonstrated initiative;
• You will be able to demonstrate your commitment to a career in human rights or social justice;
• You will have excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and strong administrative, organisational and time management skills;
• You will be able to use your initiative to prioritise competing workloads and work independently;
• You will be competent in use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint);
• You will already have the right to undertake a paid fellowship in the UK and have a UK National Insurance number, or would be able to apply for one.
The successful candidate will work at the Oak Foundation’s central London office for 4-5 days per week (subject to Government Covid guidance). It will be a three-month full-time placement (approx. 40 hours per week), with a possible extension subject to review.

Fellows will receive £112 per day, or hourly rate equivalent, which is subject to tax and other regulations.

Application Process

Please complete this online form by 13 November 2022 (23:59 hours). We anticipate that interviews will be held online between 22-24 November 2022, with a second round selection panel the following week.

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