Project officer – The Death Penalty Project

By The Death Penalty Project, on 23 January 2018

About The Death Penalty Project

The Death Penalty Project (DPP) is a legal action charity based in London. Our main purpose is to promote and protect the human rights of those facing the death penalty in all jurisdictions, with particular reference to those countries which retain the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London as their final Court of Appeal and other Commonwealth countries (Caribbean, Africa and Asia).

Our main activities include:

1. Litigation – broadly, this involves seeking legal restrictions and securing lawful alternative sentences to the death penalty; challenging serious miscarriages of justice; protecting vulnerable individuals; and, supporting foreign nationals charged under unfamiliar regimes.
2. Capacity building – enhancing expertise of mental health (forensic experts) and legal professionals (members of the judiciary, defence lawyers and prosecutors) in local jurisdictions on issues relating to the death penalty through training activities and provision of resource material.
3. Publications and research – commissioning and producing original studies to raise awareness of criminal justice and human rights issues relating to the death penalty.
4. Consultation and dialogue – providing expert advice and information to governments and key stakeholders to promote better-informed debates.

Job Description

Position: Project Officer
Position reports to: Project Manager
Duration of contract:
Two- year contract, subject to 3 months probationary period
Hours: 35 hours per week
. Normal office hours are 9:30am to 5:30pm (with one hour for lunch), but flexibility will be required. This role will involve some out of hours activity (occasionally at weekends).
Holiday entitlement:
20 days plus UK bank holidays
Pension: 4.5%
Location: Central London
Start date: 12th March 2018 (negotiable)

Key responsibilities

The Project Officer will be supporting the administrative and development needs of ongoing projects at the DPP.

Technical and financial co-ordination
    •    Support the co-ordination and management of two new European Union projects. The 
broad objectives of the projects are to strengthen the rule of law and anti-death 
penalty movement, specifically in Kenya and the Eastern Caribbean States. 

    •    Ensure regular co-ordination, liaise and follow-up with partners/co-applicants 

    •    Monitor budgets of projects 

    •    Produce narrative and financial reports as required by the grant contracts and 
regularly reports to the Project Manager on the progress of ongoing projects 
Implementation of projects 

    •    Provide logistical support and organise project events (including conferences, 
workshops and training programmes) 

    •    Support the work of the Communications Officer in relation to publication and dissemination of reports and other communication tools created

Experience and Qualifications 

    •    Minimum 1-2 years experience in project co-ordination in non-profit and/or human rights sector 

    •    Knowledge and understanding of international human rights law/issues preferable
    •    Experience in managing EU projects/ Europeaid procedures preferable 

    •    Flexible approach to managing and prioritising a high work load and multiple tasks 
with tight deadlines 

    •    Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

    •    Ability to work in a self-servicing environment and working in a small team 

    •    Commitment to and understanding of The Death Penalty Project’s broad objectives 

    •    Permission to live and work in the UK

To apply please send your completed CV and covering letter under the reference “Application- Project Officer” to
Closing date: 5pm, 11th February 2018. Interviews will be held in mid-late February.
The Death Penalty Project is committed to equal opportunities 


United Kingdom

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