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YHRCN Coordinator - Disability Programme

Centre for Applied Human Rights
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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25,941 a year
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The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), as part of the York Human Rights City Network (YHRCN), wishes to recruit a Coordinator for the YHRCN’s disability programme. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a dynamic strand of the YHRCN’s work and deliver on the promise of York becoming the UK’s first human rights city.


This part time (0.4FTE) post will last a year, and focus on an exciting programme of work associated with disability rights in the city. You will work with CAHR and the YHRCN on three main strands of work: to support the establishment of a sustainable York Disability Rights Forum; undertake work on Community Voices, a City of York Council funded programme looking to engage with communities in the city not reached by conventional consultation processes - for the coming year our focus is on disabled people; and contributing to YHRCN’s annual Indicator Report, in particular with regard to disability matters. The role requires a range of skills, including training, networking, research (especially participatory research), volunteer management, events management, social media and IT, communication and advocacy and, crucially, requires a core commitment to co-production ways of working.

Applications from disabled people or their allies are particularly welcome.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • You will have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, or equivalent qualifications and experience
  • Knowledge of human rights, especially disability rights e.g. understanding of key concepts relating to disability rights; familiarity with relevant organisations and institutions with whom you may be required to interact
  • Knowledge of civil society and its organisation at city level
  • Knowledge of research methodologies, especially participatory approaches
  • Ability to liaise with others both within the university and in the wider community
  • Project management and administration skills (including minute taking, budget management, data analysis and reporting)
  • Ability to support funding applications
  • Strong organisation skills, high attention to detail, strong interpersonal and problem solving skills
  • Ability to use initiative in finding solutions to problems and developing new procedures
  • High standard of written and spoken English
  • Ability to contribute as an active member of a team
  • Experience of working in either an academic/human rights  or a voluntary sector setting
  • Experience of supporting research activities
  • Provision of a high standard of administration
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team
  • Capacity to work efficiently under pressure
  • Adherence to human rights values and principles

Interview date: 18 December 2020

For informal enquiries: Please contact the CAHR’s Director, Professor Paul Gready, email:

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