SRT's Executive Director, Poonam Joshi, will be moving to a Senior Advisory role to Sigrid Rausing from January 2019, and will assist in the process of finding a new Executive Director.

Poonam Joshi said "I am particularly proud of the ability of the Trust, under Sigrid's vision and leadership, to support civil society in the most contested and critical contexts. Since I first joined SRT in 2011 we have worked together to respond to transitions in the Middle East North Africa and most recently to the closing space for civil society in Central Eastern Europe and the Balkans. SRT's new programmes in the arts and conservation demonstrate its ability to innovate and respond to emerging challenges and support new voices. It has been a privilege to support the evolution of SRT and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Sigrid and the board in my new role."

Sigrid Rausing noted that “Poonam’s leadership, and particularly her conscientious attention to detail, has been outstanding. We are very lucky to have been able to persuade her to stay on in an advisory capacity. Poonam is a highly valued colleague, and I and my fellow trustees are delighted that our collaboration will continue.”


Programme Officer for Human Rights (Maternity Cover)

Fixed-term contract for one year

We are seeking an exceptional individual to assist with the management of our human rights grantmaking programme. The programme supports organisations working to defend human rights, including groups campaigning against torture and the death penalty, promoting freedom of expression, protecting human rights defenders, and helping the victims of human rights violations to obtain justice.

This position will have a particular focus on the Defending Civic Space programme, which seeks to support the protection of human rights defenders and defending the freedoms of association, assembly and expression. The position may also be asked to work across other programme areas. The Human Rights portfolio has a combined budget for 2018 of £12.75m. Within that portfolio, the Defending Civic Space programme has a budget of £3.5m, and is managed by two programme officers.

The successful candidate will have at least five years’ experience in human rights, preferably in the field of civil and political rights, as well as excellent analytical and communication skills. Experience of working with organisations based overseas would be an advantage.

The Programme Officer will be jointly responsible for the Defending Civic Space programme with a second programme officer. The Programme Officer for Human Rights reports to the Executive Director and the Chair.

You will be responsible for researching potential applicants, working with those invited to apply, reviewing applications and writing and presenting recommendations to Trustees. The role also includes managing the relationship with grantees, conducting research, and keeping informed of developments in the programme area.

Programme staff are assisted by a small administrative team.

You must be well-organised, analytical and with good attention to detail. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential.

The salary for this post will be in the range of £42,500-£45,000 per annum depending on experience, plus pension contributions.

For further information on the responsibilities of the role, please see the job description:

Human-Rights-Prog-Officer-defending-civic-space-JD-maternity-cover-July-2018.pdf (Adobe PDF - 175Kb)

If you think that this is the role for you, please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter outlining why you are interested in the position, with the names and contact details of two referees, to by 9am on 23rd July 2018.

At least one of your referees should be your current or most recent employer. We will not take up references prior to interview.