Head of Death Penalty Projects – Regional




Reprieve is a UK charity founded in 1999. Reprieve uses strategic interventions to end the use of the death penalty globally, and to end extreme human rights abuses carried out in the name of “counterterrorism” or “national security”.

Reprieve works with the most disenfranchised people in society, as it is in their cases that human rights are most swiftly jettisoned and the rule of law is cast aside. Thus, Reprieve promotes and protects the rights of those facing the death penalty and those who are the victims of extreme human rights abuses carried out in the name of “counterterrorism” or “national security”, with a focus on arbitrary detention, torture, and extrajudicial executions.

Head of Death Penalty Projects- Regional

The Head of Death Penalty Projects – Regional will oversee Reprieve’s dynamic anti-death penalty work across two regions: South East Asia and South Asia, with a focus on leveraging international and regional opportunities.

Reprieve uses a combination of casework, strategic projects, investigation, litigation, engagement with the UN mechanisms, and political and public engagement to bring about abolition and to limit the use of the death penalty in both regions. Reprieve works in close collaboration with national and regional civil society and seeks to leverage its criminal justice expertise, base in the UK, networks in Europe, and the networks of Reprieve US to benefit clients in target countries and work against the death penalty. Focus countries in each region currently include: Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (in South East Asia), Pakistan and India (in South Asia).

Reprieve’s work in the South Asia and South East Asia currently focuses on abolishing the death penalty for drug offences; reducing the number of wrongful convictions and death sentences imposed in breach of international law; challenging the use of vaguely defined “anti-terror” laws under which people are sentenced to death for non-lethal offences; highlighting the discriminatory and disproportionate effect of the death penalty on marginalised groups, including migrant workers and foreign nationals; achieving greater transparency around death row populations; improving consular assistance for South Asian and South East Asian nationals facing the death penalty overseas; and ensuring accountability for security and justice assistance from abolitionist countries provided to retentionist countries.

Reprieve works closely with trusted in-country partner organisations, civil society, lawyers, human rights activists, diplomats, civil servants, the business community, and others to reduce the use of death penalty in the South Asia and South East Asia regions.

Contract and salary

The successful applicant will be based in our London office. Applicants who require sponsorship for a visa are invited to apply for this role. Reprieve will meet the cost of visa application and the successful applicant will be expected to meet their relocation costs.

Whilst this is a full-time position, we are open to discussing a job share or part time option for the right candidate. The salary is £54,247 full time per annum, plus up to 5% employee matched pension contribution.

How to apply

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