29 October 2020

Role overview

The Programme Officer will provide support to RTE’s Executive Director for work on the right to public education and the involvement of non-State actors. The precise priority issues may evolve in the future  in line with RTE’s strategic plan. The role may involve travel to undertake field research and to attend work-related meetings and events worldwide (subject of course to developments with Covid-19).

Areas of responsibilities and key tasks

The programme officer will support the Executive Director as described below:

  • In close collaboration with other members of the Secretariat and the Privatisation in Education and Human Rights Consortium (PEHRC), promote the Abidjan Principles in various language and to various audiences, including civil society partners, international and regional intergovernmental organisations, states and academics and build the capacities of all these actors to use the Abidjan Principles effectively.

  • In close collaboration with other members of the Secretariat and the Privatisation in Education and Human Rights Consortium (PEHRC), develop various materials to support the implementation of the Abidjan Principles, including a legal commentary, briefs on specific issues or for specific audiences, and tools for the monitoring of education laws and policies, including indicators, as needed and in line with RTE’s strategy.

  • Inform and raise awareness about the broader issues through our website, social media networks and e-bulletin, relevant resources, updates on developments around the world, blogs and useful links.

  • Be an active member of the Privatisation in Education and Human Rights Consortium, leading the promotion and implementation of the Abidjan Principles and contributing to joint advocacy.

  • Be an active member of the Francophone Network against the commercialization of education, leading the development of a network of francophone researchers working on this issue and contributing to joint advocacy.

It will include:

  • Conduct legal research, draft reports, papers, policy briefs and tools, including the development of right to education indicators

  • Draft content for RTE’s website.

  • Track developments relating to the right to education internationally.

  •  Support the development and delivering of training workshops. 

  • Support the organisation of events and meetings.

  • Organise promotional events.

  • Participate in key conference related to the issue and deliver presentation when relevant

  • Draft press release in support of other members of the team.

  • All to be done, both in English and French.

Candidate profile

We are looking for a motivated and passionate Programme Officer to join our team and support RTE’s work on the right to public education and non-state actors’ involvement in education. 

The successful candidate will have a solid knowledge in human rights with a strong interest in the right to education and the privatisation issue.

Aside from sharing our values, we are looking for someone who is comfortable working in a multicultural environment and who is happy to take on new tasks and support the team when needed.

We will provide the candidate with the opportunity to work as part of a small team of dedicated and passionate people and the real opportunity to contribute to the development of the organization.

We are looking for someone who has excellent interpersonal skills.

The ideal candidate will have:

Education & qualifications

  • Postgraduate education in human rights law or in political science covering human rights issues.

  • 1-2 years of experience working on human rights issues, ideally working on the right to education or economic, social and cultural rights.

Essential knowledge

  • Solid understanding of international human rights law with a background in economic, social and cultural rights.

  • A good understanding of issues related to privatisation in education.

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of international human rights law.

  • Understanding of human rights-based monitoring, campaigning and advocacy strategies.

Know-how

  • Excellent research and analytical skills, including significant experience in designing and implementing advocacy-oriented research and policy analysis.

  • Excellent written and editing skills, with the ability to translate complex legal information into accessible information for nonlegal professionals.

  • Experience of planning, organising and prioritising work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines.

  • Written and oral fluency in English and French is required; fluency in other major languages such as Spanish or Arabic is highly desirable.

Personal skills/qualities

  • Ability to think strategically.

  • Ability to speak publicly.

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, including from distance, as well as external partners.

  • Flexibility and adaptability - can adapt to changing work priorities at short notice, take on the ideas of others, adapt own way of working.

  • Ability to manage relationships based on respect for each other and mutual trust.

  • Positive attitude.

  •  Curiosity and creative thinking.

  • Open-minded, including open to constructive feedback.

  • Good time management and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work in an independent and autonomous way. 

  • Willingness to learn new skills.

  • Willingness to “pitch in” and support colleagues outside the parameters of the job description where necessary

Status & location 

  • Part-time position (3 days per week, 21 hours)

  • One-year contract, with possible extension depending on funding

  • Our office is based in London, with flexibility to work from home. Possibility to work from another country can be considered.

Salary range                                                                                                           

£30,000-34,500 gross per year (prorated £18,000 to £20,700)

How to apply

Please send a CV and cover letter to jobs@right-to-education.org, with the subject line 'Programme Officer application’

We expect your cover letter to explain:

  • Your interest in joining Right to Education Initiative

  • Your interest in this role

  • Your relevant experience as per the skills and competencies outline above

Deadline to apply: 29 November 2020, 11.59 pm GMT

Interviews: the two first weeks of December.

In view of the volume of applications anticipated, we regret that we are unable to answer individual queries in relation to posts or on the progress of individual applications. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted shortly after 29 November 2020.

About RTE

The Right to Education Initiative (RTE) is a global human rights organisation focusing on the right to education. Established in 2000 by the first UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Katarina Tomaševski, RTE was re-launched in 2008 as the 'Right to Education Project', a collaborative initiative supported by ActionAid International, Amnesty International, Global Campaign for Education, Save the Children, and Human Rights Watch. Since May 2017 the Right to Education Initiative is a charity registered in England and Wales with the charity number 1173115.

We stand for the full recognition of education as a human right, essential for the wellbeing and development of every individual, regardless of their status and circumstance over their life course. This commitment is underpinned by the principles of universality, indivisibility and interdependence. We recognise that education is key for the realisation of other rights and for building societies where respect for human rights, tolerance, inclusivity and diversity are valued. 

RTE promote education as a human right, striving for a world where everyone, without discrimination of any kind, can fully enjoy the right to education in all its dimensions. We do this by advocating for states to both legally commit to and implement the right to education - to make it a reality for all. In so doing we also seek to ensure that governments are held accountable for meeting their human rights obligations. We believe that human rights law can be a powerful tool for lasting change. We seek to empower all rights-holders to claim and enforce their right to education, by making law accessible and usable including through online resources. We also work at the frontiers of the right to education, breaking new ground and helping to clarify and deepen understanding and action on critical emerging issues.

RTE builds bridges between diverse fields (human rights, education and development), stakeholders, (including civil society organisations, international organisations, academics, and states) and diverse language communities (including English, French, Spanish and Arabic). We link global, national and local research and evidence-based policy dialogue to campaigning and advocacy with the aim of accelerating progress towards the realization of the right to education for all through positive and concrete changes on the ground.

RTE is a small and agile organisation which combines being a definitive reference point on the right to education and being a cutting-edge actor addressing current and emerging education issues. We play a dynamic and catalytic role to influence the changes needed in law, practice, and societal attitudes, to advance the right to education.

For more information about RTE, please visit: www.right-to-education.org