Children’s Rights & Sports Specialist



  • Location: London
  • Salary: £42,000
  • Contract Type: 28 months
  • Closing Date: 09/09/2016

This high profile role will lead this project through the planning, bidding, delivery and legacy lifecycle stages of the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games, building human and child rights capacity in the next four Games Hosts. From the learning of this project, this role will also lead on the development of guidance for future Games Hosts as well as an advocacy strategy for other mega sporting events (e.g. the Olympics, World Cup). You will have experience of working with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and on human and/or child rights considerations in the context of sport, alongside supporting the development of advocacy strategies.

The Children’s Rights and Sports Specialist will oversee the end-to-end development, delivery and measurement of the project to integrate human and child rights due diligence into the plan, bid, delivery and legacy lifecycle of the Commonwealth Games.

The project will have a specific focus on the next two Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast Australia 2018, Durban South Africa 2022) and next two Commonwealth Youth Games (Nassau Bahamas 2017 and Belfast Northern Ireland 2021). This learning will then be used to develop guidance to integrate human and child rights due diligence into all future Commonwealth Games and more broadly into other Mega Sporting Events (e.g. the Olympics, World Cup).

The post will require a large amount of autonomous working and frequent international travel to the host countries. Unicef UK is flexible on location and will consider the needs of the successful candidate in terms of core location e.g. flexible working arrangements. Regular time within Unicef UK and the CGF (both based in London) is required, as well as travel to the next four host countries and some travel to Unicef Head Office in Geneva.