View Vacancy – Senior Political Adviser (Human Rights), C4, Islamabad

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)


Note : All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, motivational segment and the competency based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the application forms only for all the required details. Forms that are incomplete in any respect will not be considered while shortlisting for the next stage.

Please note that due to Covid-19 outbreak, the start date of employment mentioned in the advert is tentative, subject to normal business of British High Commission. All recruitment campaigns will remain open for applications, we will progress the recruitment process as swiftly as possible and continue to review all applications, monitor progress and developments. We will be in touch with you for the interviews/ should there be further updates on the application, however given the circumstances, kindly expect some delay in response and please reach out to if you have any further questions.

Main purpose of job:

You will work within the political section at the heart of the High Commission and support the cross-Mission coordination of our work on human rights. The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to one of the UK Government’s top priority areas. You will build understanding of the complex and constantly evolving human rights situation in Pakistan across a breadth of human rights issues. You will develop and maintain a network of contacts to inform reporting and analysis, using this and open source information to inform policy thinking. You will work with our Lahore and Karachi offices to understand the provincial human rights picture, and how this links back to federal activity. You will play a leading role in organising human rights-focussed visits and events. You will work with programme colleagues to ensure that activity aligns with policy.

Please note: This is a fixed term position for a period of 1 year with a possibility of renewal.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Political Reporting (40%)

  • Increasing the BHC’s depth and breadth of understanding of Pakistan’s constantly changing human rights landscape.
  • Using network of contacts to inform reporting on and monitoring of internal human rights issues.
  • Undertaking proactive and reactive open source research on human rights priority issues, verifying this research with expert contacts and using this information to inform BHC activity.
  • Providing advice to London on topical human rights issues, often under tight deadlines.
  • Producing the human rights section of the Internal Team weekly report to London.
  • Working with our offices in the Punjab and Sindh provinces to understand the human rights picture across Pakistan, how this reflects back to activities within the federal system, and using this to identify opportunities to progress UK objectives.

Visit and Events (20%)

  • Accompanying and supporting senior staff on visits and meetings within Pakistan, this includes providing political and policy advice to seniors and producing records, as required.
  • Leading on human rights events, including proposing events, compiling guest lists, managing invites and logistics, and briefing seniors, as required.

Network of Contacts(20%)

  • Strengthening the BHCs existing network of contacts across the human rights spectrum.
  • Managing and maintaining a diverse group of human rights contacts to inform understanding, identify opportunities, and influence progress towards UK human rights objectives.
  • Setting up meetings for the Internal Team and the Political Counsellor, and accompanying as necessary.

Cross-Mission Engagement and Programming(20%)

  • Playing a key role in ensuring that human rights is integrated into the wider work of the BHC
  • Helping set the direction of programme activity on human rights to ensure alignment with policy priorities
  • Working with programme colleagues to ensure programme outcomes are fed back in to policy decisions.

What we want from you

  • A strong understanding of Pakistan human rights.
  • A good understanding of extremism and sectarian landscapes.
  • Ability to work autonomously on sensitive and challenging policy issues.
  • A proactive dynamic individual with a can do attitude, who works well in a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to think creatively to solve problems, often under pressure, and to multi-task.
  • Willingness to work to frequent and tight deadlines while maintaining high standard of work.
  • Strong I.T skills.
  • A track record in managing and prioritising your workload.
  • Confidence and commitment to deliver with minimal supervision.
  • Required: at least 3 years’ work experience in human rights or a related field.
  • Desirable: over 5 years’ work experience in human rights or a relevant field; Master’s degree.

Language requirements:

Language: English and Urdu

Level of language required: Excellent command of written and spoken English and Urdu

Learning and development opportunities:

  1. Formal in-house and external training.
  2. Coaching, mentoring and job shadowing.
  3. Structured learning on the job, including stretching objectives and work.

Essential on arrival:

Bachelor’s Degree; three years’ relevant work experience in a human rights-related field.

Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline.

Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Engaging Internationally

6 April 2021

C4 (L)

Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal


South Asia & Afghanistan



British High Commission



20 May 2021

Salary Details:

For BHC candidates, the Local BHC Terms & Conditions will apply. Basic Salary will be ­­­­­­PKR 265,224 per month.

The BHC is recognised as a good employer, with a robust, fair and transparent performance management & appraisal system linked to increments and staff bonuses. We have a 5-day working week, plus annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave provision, special leave, paid sick leave provision; ample development opportunities, travel opportunities, a good organisational culture, and excellent work/life balance. 

Around half of our work forces are women.  We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment. 

This is a good opportunity to be part of a strong, diverse team, working in the biggest network that FCDO has anywhere across the globe.  We are aiming to make it the best.

Note : All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, motivational segment and the competency based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the application forms only for all the required details. Forms that are incomplete in any respect will not be considered while shortlisting for the next stage.’’

To Apply: 

Please note applications without (a) and (b) will not be considered.

A.    Complete the Online Application Form

B.    Complete the Motivation and Competency Segment in the Online Application Form

Internal candidates applying for this position need to upload their appraisal forms for the previous 2 years (if applicable) and also inform their current line managers, else the applications will not be considered.

We will accept only online applications by 06th April 2021 – 23:55 PKT.  

Please note that all the applicants will be required to strictly adhere to the security guidelines for British High Commission

Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount. 

Applicants who do not have the required qualification & experience should kindly abstain from applying, as their applications will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and no telephone enquires will be dealt with.

The appointment will be subject to Police Verification and other checks including references, medical, educational and professional.

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.

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