The purpose of the job is to help Minority Rights Group (MRG) achieve its aims and objectives through the implementation of an element of a larger programme to be delivered in a Consortium – the Consortium for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) which will investigate, report on and act on ways in which religion, religious actors and religious discrimination are factor that impact on development and the achievement of economic, social and participation rights. The post holder will also contribute to MRG’s core principles and strategy, and may also help develop new programmes in the Asia region.
Location: Either London UK, or any location in Pakistan with good internet access and communications – (preference for Lahore or Islamabad). Location must have low risks of interference or interruptions, good internet access and good travel connections. Post holder must be able to travel to Pakistan on work related visits without needing to make a visa request. Unfortunately, a work permit for the UK is not obtainable for this post.
Duration: This will be a 2 day per week post and will run from 1st September 2019 (or soon thereafter) for three years (although there is a possibility of renewal if funding permits). (If the post holder is based in Pakistan, the budget will allow for more days/week as the salary will be adjusted to local living standards although regular visits to the UK would be needed for monitoring, training, project meetings.
Some of the tasks will be:
Contributes to the development and design of new programmes for additional work in the region.
Providing advice to partners on project elements including freedom of religion and belief, equality and online and offline hate speech in Pakistan.
Supporting partners to build national networks and to carry out advocacy nationally and internationally, and produce materials and do research to educate and inform and challenge prejudice.
Investigating and implementing new ways to build organisational capacity of partners
Carrying out advocacy in person and in writing about freedom and religion and belief and minority rights issues.
Supporting partners and programme participants if they are threatened as a result of their cooperation with the programme
A full job description and person specification is here: CREID Pakistan Programme Officer
All candidates who wish to apply for the above post must submit their completed MRG Application Formtogether with the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire to firstname.lastname@example.org . Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Interviews to be w/c 2nd September 2019.
Please note we do not accept CVs.
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is an international human rights organisation founded with the objective of working to secure rights for ethnic, national, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples around the world. Their headquarters are in London, with offices in Budapest and Kampala. MRG has an international governing Council that meets twice a year. MRG has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.
The organisation was set up in the 1960s by a group of activists and academics "who feel a special concern that the rights of minorities to preserve and develop their cultural integrity are being infringed in many countries ... the MRG has been established to protect the rights of minorities to co-exist with majorities, by objective study and consistent international public exposure of violations of fundamental rights as defined by the UN Charter". Its first director was David Astor, editor and proprietor of The Observer newspaper at the time.