Protecting human rights in childbirth

Recruiting for an interim Chief Executive (maternity cover)

Our Chief Executive, Amy Gibbs, is expecting her second baby in January 2020, so we’re looking for an experienced, passionate charity leader to fulfil her role for 9 months, starting mid-December 2019. This is a brilliant opportunity to lead our small, impactful team and champion human rights in childbirth, at an exciting time for Birthrights. Read the job description and how to apply (deadline is 5pm on 16 September 2019). The role is part-time (three days a week) for a 9-month contract. There may be scope for a future senior role at Birthrights, subject to new funding.

In the past year, we’ve supported more women and trained more healthcare professionals than ever before. We’ve launched new research on the experiences of women facing multiple disadvantage during pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. We’ve influenced maternity policy, guidance and practice nationally and locally.

We have funding in place for our five-strong staff team, to deliver our core activities and to deepen our focus on women most at risk of human rights violations during pregnancy and birth, including through increasing the reach and accessibility of our advice and online resources for women. We have ambitious plans to grow our training and measure our impact across all areas of our work. We want to secure new, diverse and long-term sources of funding to achieve our mission into the future.

We are looking for someone with a track record of growing an organisation’s influence, operations and impact; leading and managing cohesive and high-performing teams; and successful fundraising and financial management. You will be an inspiring and credible leader, with top-notch communications and stakeholder engagement skills, and a passion for Birthrights’ mission and values. You might be a senior leader in a small or large charity looking for a step up, an experienced interim CEO, or someone with transferable skills and experience from another sector. You will have an excellent team and proactive Board on hand to support you!

Birthrights highly values flexibility, with all our staff working part-time and from home. We come together once a month in London and the Chief Executive travels elsewhere in the UK to meet staff and stakeholders. Check out the appointment brief for full details of the role, benefits, job description and person specification.

Birthrights values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination in line with our human rights mission. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage applications from women with lived experience of the issues we tackle, particularly those groups most at risk of human rights violations during pregnancy and childbirth – disabled women, women living with severe and complex disadvantage, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women. If you need any reasonable adjustments or other requirements for interview, please let us know.

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