Parrhesia Inc

Advancing Whistleblowing


Research and Administrative Assistant

Who we are and what we do: Parrhesia Inc is a newly formed charity (reg no. 1193561), focused on the practice, protection, and promotion of the human rights of whistleblowers in the UK, by producing high-level research that can be used by practitioners and policymakers alike. We are building an authoritative body of knowledge and evidence, through research on whistleblowers’ human rights issues, which can be used to provide technical advice to government and other stakeholders in the sector. We  monitor abuses of whistleblowers’ human rights, contribute to the sound administration of the law, propose reform where there are demonstrable deficiencies, and comment on proposed legislation to policy-makers and politicians.

The requirement: we are seeking a Research and Administrative Assistant to provide:

  1. Support to the Chair of Parrhesia’s Academic Council, which consists of leading professors and senior researchers in the fields of employment law and whistleblowing;
  2. Support to the CEO and CFO in the formulation of policies, and best practices in the administration of the charity.
  3. Additional administrative, marketing and communications support as required.

Previous experience:  ideally, you will have an understanding of what whistleblowing is about and have a wish to bring about social change in a positive way to help support those who Speak Truth to Power.  You will have previous administrative experience in data filing, drafting professional correspondence and, especially, minute taking and the production of a Record of Decisions for distribution to meeting attendees. It would suit someone with wider life experience other than a school leaver/ gap student: as Secretary to the Academic Council, you will come into close contact with some of the leading experts in this field across the British Isles and must therefore feel comfortable in the company of and responding to senior academics and a wide range of very professional and experienced Trustees. This is a formative role which will develop and change as Parrhesia itself develops and grows. Every opportunity exists to grow with the organisation and be part of an exciting programme of social change.

Skills and qualifications: excellent verbal and written communication; self-motivated and confident in decision making; able to justify and account for your own actions; indisputable integrity; thorough attention to detail; ability to work in a group and on your own; strong organisational skills; positive attitude in dealing with Trustees and other stakeholders; sense of humour

Education and training requirements:

  • Essential: GCSE: english, mathematics       
  • Desirable: Business administration & finance
  • Useful: Understanding of research methodologies, government policy-making
  • Administrative: Telephone, general IT literacy (Office Suite: Word, Powerpoint, Excel)

Salary expectations and working hours:  Parrhesia Inc is committed to paying a Living Wage. The rate of pay is £10 per hour. This part-time role should take approximately 5 hours per week on a pro rata basis and will be initially limited to no more than 10hrs per week. There is a three month probation period. Working hours are flexible in line with meeting deadlines for external meetings and funding submissions as agreed with the CEO and CFO. Line management responsibility lies with the CEO, with input by the Chair of the Academic Council and CFO for their areas of responsibility.   

Location: mainly working remotely from home with attendance at Board and Academic Council meetings in York and London, or in other locations as required for external meetings. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses as agreed by the CFO will be provided.

Commencement:  end November / beginning December 2021

Closing date for applications: 1700 hrs, 21st November 2021 to allow for selection and appointment prior to introduction of the successful candidate at the next meeting of the Academic Council on 1st December 2021

Submit your interest:  please send your CV and introduction to