12 December 2017

The Right to Education Initiative is a global human rights organisation focusing on the right to education, registered since May 2017 under UK law. Established in 2000 by the first UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Katarina Tomaševski, RTE was re-launched in 2008 as a collaborative initiative supported by ActionAid International, Amnesty International, Global Campaign for Education, Save the Children and Human Rights Watch.

RTE’s vision is a world where the right to education for all becomes a reality, from early childhood to adulthood and throughout life, on the basis of the principles of non-discrimination and equality. A world where education is recognised as a human right itself in law and in practice and where all human rights in and through education are realised. A world where states and non-state actors can be held to account for their obligations and responsibilities respectively; and where civil society is empowered to play a key role to monitor its implementation.

RTE promotes education as a human right, making international and national law accessible to everybody. We conduct research and legal analysis and we develop tools and guides to help understand and effectively use human rights mechanisms to claim and enforce the right to education. We build bridges between disciplines (human rights, education, and development), actors (CSOs, international organisations, academics), and language communities, linking international, national, and local advocacy with practical engagements leading to positive changes on the ground.

Role overview

The Right to Education Initiative (RTE) is looking for a creative, talented, and enthusiastic communications officer to support our team in promoting the right to education worldwide in line with our strategic plan.

You will lead the development and implementation of RTE’s comprehensive international communications strategy.

You will be responsible for the management and improvement of our multilingual websites. You will coordinate the blog, post relevant news, and publish our monthly e-bulletin. You will also manage RTE’s presence on social media networks.

In collaboration with the team, you will develop accessible digital content, such as videos and infographics.

The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of the international human rights context and a flair for creating engaging multimedia content, telling human rights stories, and communicating the importance of human rights.

RTE is a small, focused, and passionate team. We are looking for someone who has excellent interpersonal skills.

RTE is based in London. The candidate will ideally be based in London but other locations will be considered.

Areas of responsibilities

Communications strategy

  • Develop an exciting and audience-focused communications strategy, together with RTE staff and executive board, to help deliver our organisational strategy and objectives.
  • Oversee the implementation of the communications strategy.
  • Oversee the development and delivery of strategies for digital channels, as well as communications strategies for discrete campaigns.
  • Produce, consult on, and implement an annual plan for www.right-to-education.org in line with the communications strategy, including the implementation of our planned core activities.

Web and content management

  • Ensure RTE’s websites are easy-to-use, meets the needs of our audience in terms of content, functionality, and user experience.
  • Day-to-day management of RTE’s international web presence (websites is English, French, Spanish, and Arabic) according to the organisational objectives and priorities.
  • Lead on liaising with a web agency to redesign RTE’s websites.
  • Develop and advise on the strategic use of social media, tailoring content to different audiences and channels.
  • Analyse, using analytics, and draw actionable insights across all digital channels.
  • Produce high-quality, engaging, and original content, including videos, infographics, press releases, news items, and reports, using desktop publishing, video editing, and photo editing software.
  • Oversee editing, translation, design, and dissemination of regular publications, including monthly e-Bulletin, calendar, and annual report.
  • Produce high-quality and on-brand templates for RTE content, including for: case summaries, case studies, monthly e-Bulletin, reports, factsheets, etc.
  • Source external content contributions, particularly blog posts.
  • Coordination of alternative language websites, to ensure content is regularly updated, relevant items are translated, and contributions sourced.
  • Recruit and supervise the work of community language facilitators.
  • Adhere and implement RTE’s style guide for online and print content.
  • Track developments related to the right to education, human rights, and development, as well as RTE’s media presence.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to maximise the impact of advocacy and increase use of online resources and tools.


  • Management of RTE’s internal communications systems, for example, CRM.
  • Support RTE staff members in media and communications for research and advocacy efforts.
  • Facilitate strategic discussions to clarify objectives, audience(s), key messages, and potential risks related to communications efforts.
  • Cultivate and manage media contacts and relations.
  • Provide final edit and layout for grant proposals and report narratives.
  • Publicise and support facilitation of periodic events.
  • Keep abreast of social, communications, and fundraising trends and network with appropriate external organisations to inform thinking.
  • Manage consultants and volunteers.

Person specification


  • Commitment to human rights, children’s rights, and the right to education.
  • Good understanding of the international human rights context.
  • Familiarity with civil society activism and advocacy, including rights-based approaches.
  • Substantial experience in communications or related field.
  • Fluency in English and one or more of either French, Spanish, or Arabic
  • Strong web management skills, including using content management systems, SEO, and analytics.
  • Experience of using social media platforms and the role/utility of social media for a small human rights organisation.
  • Experience of creating and promoting social media content tailored for different channels, as well as monitoring and responding to comments.
  • Experience of writing and building emails tailored to relevant audiences.
  • Strong written communications skills, in particular an ability to translate dense and technical information into easy to understand and accessible content.
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills. A keen eye for detail.
  • Working to tight deadlines.
  • Interest in and understanding of new development in visual imaging and multimedia.
  • Experience using Content Management Systems, web editing software packages, and other emerging technologies.
  • Ability to build good working relationships with staff members, advisers, board members, practitioners, donors, and other stakeholders.


  • Graduate and/or postgraduate degree in relevant fields, including journalism, political sciences, communications, human rights, or development and/or relevant experience in these fields.
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French, and/or Arabic.
  • Experience handling media and communications for a human rights or social justice organisations.
  • Confident editing html.
  • Experience of working with multiple language media and media in different contexts.
  • Web development expertise.
  • Familiarity with international human rights law, education and development issues, or related.

Status & location

A one year full time contract based in London or other suitable location with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

Salary & benefits

A market related salary based on the local market is applicable. No expatriate or relocation benefits will be provided. The suitable candidate must have the right work in the country in which the position is based .

How to apply

Submit your application by filling in the online form, submitting a recent CV, and answering the question on the importance of the communications role: bit.ly/2Ae0nhi 

Please note, we will not consider your application if you do not answer the final question of the online form or if you submit a cover letter in lieu. 

Applications sent by other means will not be considered.

In case of any questions or problems with the submission system, please email info@right-to-education.org. Please DO NOT submit application via email.

Applications should be submitted by 14 January 2018, 12:00 GMT. Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on 18 and 19 January 2018.