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The Elders is an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who work together for peace and human rights worldwide. The Elders are assisted by a small team based in London.

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  • Operations Assistant

    A unique opportunity has arisen to provide logistical support in organising meetings, trips and events for VIPs globally.

    About the Role

    You will initially shadow the Head of Operations as you research venues and carry out site visits in preparation of these events. Please note: Regular International travel will be involved, sometimes at short notice.

    Other duties include liaising with government offices on logistical matters, preparing documents, briefing notes and compiling attendee feedback etc.

    The ‘Operations’ related duties involve being the first point of contact with the company’s IT support supplier, maintaining systems and processes, staff induction on IT and other ad hoc tasks.

    About You

    Experience gained in an international, multi-cultured environment such as FCO/diplomatic service or Royal Household where protocol/diplomatic skills are highly desirable.

    Previous experience of event organisation and travel management is essential.

    The successful candidate will be well educated, team spirited and possess good communication & IT skills.

    For more information and to apply by Friday 27th July, please visit Bentley Associates

    Please note that you must have permission to live and work in the UK to be considered for this position.

  • Policy Advisor – Access to Justice

    The Elders are recruiting a Policy Advisor, to develop and implement a new programme of work on Access to Justice that reflects The Elders’ vision, mission and values.

    This new programme will build on many aspects of The Elders’ previous work, in particular the contribution of Elders to the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor.

    The new programme follows approval by the Elders of a new Strategic Plan for the period 2018-22 and the decision to make Access to Justice a major area of work within the new Plan.

    The programme on Access to Justice will include a particular focus on addressing violence against women and girls. The Policy Advisor will be responsible for initiating a coherent suite of initiatives, and for helping to define The Elders’ positions and messages on Access to Justice.

    We are looking for someone creative and strategic, with a strong background related to access to justice and a wide range of policy contacts in this field. The post-holder must be able to take the lead on proposing initiatives, developing them and leading all aspects of implementation.

    We are looking for an experienced, senior policy professional with at least a decade of relevant experience, who is committed to the mission and values of The Elders. The following experience, skills and personal qualities are required.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • An excellent understanding of a range of legal empowerment and broader access to justice issues, including experience working with governments and other actors on this theme.
    • Demonstrated senior-level policy experience related to access to justice in international organisations, government, NGOs or development institutions.
    • An excellent network of senior policy and political contacts related to access to justice.
    • A track record of developing programme strategy, defining outputs and outcomes, leading implementation of plans and activities, and achieving results on international policy initiatives.
    • Experience of collaborating with a range of organisations and high-profile individuals to develop and influence policy.
    • Excellent written and spoken English including demonstrated ability to write clear / concise briefing and documents for high-level audiences.
    • Relevant graduate or postgraduate qualification.

    Skills and Abilities

    • Able to think and act strategically to develop practical, innovative and creative initiatives for The Elders, and to lead and manage all relevant aspects of implementation
    • Strong diplomatic skills and political acumen.
    • Analytical and research strength including the ability to understand, interpret and present complex and sensitive information from a variety of sources in a clear and concise manner.
    • People management skills. This post does not include management of staff within The Elders’ secretariat but may include management of one or more specialist consultants working on related areas.
    • Able to travel internationally, occasionally at short notice.

    Personal Qualities and Behaviours

    • A flexible, collaborative style and willingness to work in a small, collaborative team.
    • A high level of personal initiative, adaptive, energetic and resilient.
    • A strong personal commitment to the mission and values of The Elders.

    Click here to read the full job description and person specification. 

    To Apply:

    Please send a CV, and a supporting statement of no more than 2 sides of A4 explaining your motivation for applying and how you meet the requirements for the post.

    Send your application to Mark Hilton, Chief of Staff at The Elders ( by 5:30pm GMT on 27 July 2018. 

    If you would like to discuss the role, please email Jenny Yates, Programme Director at The Elders:

    Please note that you must have permission to live and work in the UK to be considered for this position.

The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

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