Human Rights Advisory Group - Chair

The Human Rights Advisory Group is an advisory body of the new BPS Equality Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Board.

Its aim is to provide specialist direction and leadership on Human Rights in Psychology in the United Kingdom, Europe and wider world in line with agreed objectives and actions.

The Human Rights Advisory Group will take an intersectional approach to exploring Human Rights with a focus on civil, economic, cultural, social and political human rights alongside the rights of specific groups including children and those with disabilities.

The group will develop an outcome focused work plan rooted in psychological evidence and impact.

The Chair will ensure human rights awareness, scrutiny, best practice and impact sits at the heart of our work in partnership with the EDI Strategic Board.

Applications are invited from members who can evidence two or more of the following criteria:

  • Experience of sitting on strategic and/or scrutiny boards or committees, either within the BPS or through external bodies.
  • Experience of proactive human rights related work either within BPS or through external bodies.
  • Experience of policy and practice development in relation to Human Rights.
  • Experience or desire to challenge and change human rights practice and outcomes across psychology.
  • Knowledge and experience of Human Rights work in relation to psychological practice.
  • Experience of academic research or teaching in relation to human rights and psychological practice

It is also critical that applicants:

  • Possess the ability to scrutinise and think strategically about Human Rights in the light of the rapid development and diversification of the discipline.
  • Have the vision, time and resilience to play a crucial role in shaping Human Rights across the Society as a whole.
  •  The ability to take a strategic overview
  • The ability to work across the vast range of priorities within the Society, its membership and wider psychological profession.
  • The ability to identify the strategic human rights priorities across all nations of the United Kingdom.
  • The ability to listen openly and deal with conflict in a calm and constructive manner.
  • Takes responsibility for creating a productive working environment that encourages equality, diversity and inclusion.
How to apply

Please contact [email protected]for a guide to applying along with the terms of reference and role description.

If you would like to have an informal conversation on the role before applying please contact [email protected]

The closing date for applications for the role is 31 August 2022.

Selection will take place against the set criteria week commencing the 12 September 2022. Successful candidates will be required to be a member of the society.

We particularly welcome Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled, LGBTQ+ applicants as these groups are currently under-represented in our committees and boards.