Programme Manager, London office
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
2 months ago

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is offering an exciting opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment, leading our programme on contemporary forms of human slavery and human trafficking. You will be part of a small team, taking the lead on this international programme, overseeing research and advocacy, growing our Commonwealth 8.7 Network, and establishing us as a key player in this space.

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 manage a global programme of work, and will be expected to undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Lead CHRI’s global programme on contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking, working closely with CHRI London’s Director and other members of the team
  • Coordinate and strengthen the Commonwealth 8.7 Network, including the promotion of learning and collaboration between members, design and delivery of capacity building activities, and provision of technical advice
  • Oversee research into contemporary forms of slavery and related areas
  • Support advocacy and campaign related activities
  • Develop and maintain communication channels
  • With the CHRI London Director, manage CHRI London’s anti-slavery partnerships, projects, donor relationships, ensuring that projects are delivered on time and within budget
  • Oversee and manage the work of staff, consultants and interns, as required
  • Develop exciting and engaging fundraising proposals on contemporary forms of slavery, engage with donors on this issue and submit progress and impact reports
  • Act as an advocate for CHRI on contemporary forms of slavery in international and regional spaces
  • 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

Person Specification
With significant knowledge of contemporary forms of slavery, you will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, will be highly organised and will be experienced in designing, managing, and implementing global projects or programmes.



  • A master’s degree in human rights, international development or related area


  • Significant experience managing international programme, preferably in the human rights or international development spheres
  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking, as well as experience managing projects on the issues
  • Undertaking evidence-based advocacy with senior stakeholders
  • Experience of team management and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated experience building membership networks and proven relationship management experience, including member engagement
  • Experience in knowledge management and evidence-based dissemination
  • Experience of working with trusts and foundations and larger institutional donors, including writing successful fundraising proposals and maintaining donor relationships
  • Writing clear progress reports to donors to demonstrate impact
  • Conducting research
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation and measuring results
  • Experience working as part of an international, cross-cultural team


  • Excellent knowledge of the project management cycle
  • Clear and demonstrable knowledge of contemporary forms of slavery
  • Solid project planning and monitoring
  • Able to manage teams and empower individuals
  • Knowledge of the UN human rights mechanisms
  • Excellent communications skills, including written and spoken fluency in English, and strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • A flair for learning new skills and quickly adapting to new ways of working
  • Ability to work methodically and independently while knowing when to report upwards
  • Ability to organise, prioritise, and deliver high quality products under time constraints and pressure
  • Solution-focused with an ability to exercise judgement to solve problems


  • Project management qualification
  • Experience working abroad on issues related to human rights
  • Understanding of using media and communications strategically


Only candidates who are currently eligible to reside and work in the UK should apply.

Contract: One year, with anticipated extension

Days: 4-5 days per week. Flexible working hour options will be considered.

Location: London, UK. Mostly home based.

To Apply: To apply for this position, please forward a one page covering letter and your resume (CV) to our email. Please include in your covering letter:

  • a summary of your education qualifications,
  • the number of years of work experience you have,
  • how you meet the requirements of this post and
  • why you are interested in this position.

Please write ‘Application: Programme Manager’ in the subject line of your email.

Application Deadline: 23.00 GMT 19 August 2020

Interviews will be held at the end of August.

Due to the number of applications we expect to receive, only those who are shortlisted will be contacted. We thank you in advance for your application.


CHRI London is also currently seeking:

Research & Advocacy Officer:

Project Officer / Administrator:

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract


  • Monday to Friday

Work remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19