Senior Associate - Strategy

Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Team: Strategy Team
  • Grade: Senior Associate Level 4 (SEO)
  • Salary: £40,160.28
  • Location: M4 3AQ​, CF14 3UZ, G2 7JD
  • Closing: 11:55pm, 7th Jun 2023 BST

Job Description

About us

We are Britain’s national equality regulator and a United Nations accredited ‘A status’ national human rights institution.

We uphold people’s rights without fear or favour. We use the full force of our legal powers to defend people from unfair or unequal treatment and to challenge breaches of the law. We advise on developing laws and provide guidance, training and support to enable compliance.

We bring people together to create change. We work with employers, governments and a wide range of organisations, to promote understanding of equality and human rights and we support them to make improvements in practice.

Our new strategy for 2022-25 gives us a strong platform to show that we will use our powers to protect and promote equality and human rights, and that we have identified the main challenges in society where we can make a difference in our role as a regulator.

Overview of the role and responsibilities

As a senior associate in the Strategy Team you will contribute to providing high-quality strategic advice and insights to support the development and delivery of the Commission’s programmes of work, and its longer-term strategy, in order to maximise our impact as Britain’s regulator of equality and human rights, including as a National Human Rights Institution.

You will support the Head of Strategy to develop the next Strategic Plan for the period 2025-2028. Using your understanding of the wider strategic context the Commission operates in and strong project management skills you will ensure the strategy is delivered to time. You will draw on intelligence and evidence from across the Commission and the wider policy and stakeholder environment to make sense of emerging issues and identify opportunities and risks for the Commission’s next strategic plan period.

You will report to a Strategy Principal but you will work particularly closely with the Head of Strategy and senior stakeholders including the Chief Executive and other senior leaders in the organisation, including Board members.

You will need to fulfil this role in a way that is in keeping with our values of fairness, dignity and respect, and display a high degree of flexibility, accountability and initiative.

You will: 

  • Be working with the Head of Strategy, manage the development of the Commission’s next Strategic Plan

  • Work with the Strategy Principal to provide strategic advice to our programme delivery groups and senior responsible officers

  • Support colleagues to develop impact pathways and monitor our progress towards impact

  • Collect and collate strategic insights to build our understanding of the external context, test our assumptions and amend our strategies as required.

  • Develop and own the protected characteristic perspective on our strategy

  • Actively contribute to the team, lead on short term projects and work across the Commission as needed.

This is a fixed-term contract for 18 months.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

The Knowledge, Skills and Experience, along with the Core Skills, can be found in the Candidate Pack.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a range of benefits including flexible working patterns, 30 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays (full time FTE), access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme and partnership pension schemes, and enhanced parental leave benefits. More information can be found in the candidate pack.

How to apply

If this sounds like the role for you, please review the attached Candidate Pack for more information and submit your application today!

Disability Confident Leader

As a Disability Confident Leader, the Equality and Human Rights Commission offers an interview for people with disabilities (as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004) and who meet the minimum criteria for this appointment.

Where high numbers of applications are received, the candidates that best meet the minimum criteria for the role may only be invited to interview. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the appropriate section on the online application form. This will enable us to make the appropriate arrangements, if necessary.

If you require an alternative accessible version of the application form or wish to discuss your application or reasonable adjustment – please contact us by email at or by telephone on 0161 829 8100

Diversity in our workforce

At the Commission, we are proud of our respectful workplace that values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background.  We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone to ensure we achieve a balanced representation in our workforce in all grades.

Removing bias from the hiring process

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Start your de-biased application