Join the LCHR Committee!

Job Details

The Labour Campaign for Human Rights (LCHR) is an organisation that promotes human rights within the Labour Party. Our activities include:

  • Discussion: LCHR serves as a forum and platform for Labour members and others who have an interest in human rights. We foster dialogue between civil society, academia, the public, and the Labour Party on human rights issues.
  • Advocacy: we engage with Labour Party policy and Labour politicians to ensure that human rights are at the heart of Labour’s foreign and domestic policy agendas.
  • Policy work: LCHR generates policy proposals for the Labour Party that ensure the protection and promotion of human rights.
  • Public, grassroots campaigning and awareness raising: we raise the profile of human rights issues within the party and the wider Labour movement.

LCHR is looking for three (3) new volunteers to help us run the organisation and our ongoing campaigns. The volunteers will join LCHR’s managing committee.

 

Job Title: Volunteers (x 3) – Partnerships & Fundraising (x 1), Campaigns (x 1) and Communications (x 1)

Working For: Labour Campaign for Human Rights

Location: London

Salary: Voluntary role (flexible hours)

 

Partnerships & Fundraising

Alongside a range of broader contributions to LCHR’s campaigns, specific responsibilities will include:

  • Developing LCHR’s fundraising & partnership strategy, and maintaining and enhancing the long-term durability of the Campaign;
  • Identifying and securing funding opportunities from a range of sources, including trusts and foundations, institutions and the corporate sector;

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Commercial Awareness and the ability to identify and seize opportunities;
  • Excellent relationship building and stakeholder management skills;
  • A keen interest in human rights and politics;
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing skills;
  • A good understanding of the Labour Party; and
  • Support the Labour Campaign for Human Rights and our mission.

 

Campaigns

Alongside a range of broader contributions to LCHR’s campaigns, specific responsibilities will include:

  • Writing articles and briefings;
  • Creating/editing digital content, including videos, to support our campaigns;

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Experience with inDesign or creating graphics;
  • Creating/editing video content;
  • A keen interest in human rights and politics;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing skills;
  • A good understanding of the Labour Party; and
  • Support the Labour Campaign for Human Rights and our mission.

 

Communications

Alongside a range of broader contributions to LCHR’s campaigns, specific responsibilities will include:

  • Creating/editing digital content to support our campaigns;
  • Producing a regular newsletter for our supporters; and
  • Helping run our social media channels;

Ideal candidate will have:

  • An interest in social media and/or experience in running a social media channel;
  • Experience using mailchimp;
  • A keen interest in human rights and politics;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing skills;
  • A good understanding of the Labour Party; and
  • Support the Labour Campaign for Human Rights and our mission.

 

Please indicate on your application, which role(s) you’re interested in.

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Hours are flexible and the role is primarily home-based, although candidates will ideally be based in London for meetings and events. Around 2-3 hours per week commitment is typical by not required.

We particularly encourage applications from women and BAME candidates.

 

Application Details

Please send a CV and short cover note to campaigns@lchr.org.uk

We will acknowledge every application, and will aim to contact successful applicants by Wednesday 8th May.

Interview Dates

Interviews will take place on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th May.

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