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Every Casualty is hiring an Executive Director

We are looking for a strategic and capable Executive Director to join our team and lead Every Casualty Worldwide’s (ECW) work to support and advocate for consistent high-quality casualty recording to be carried out in all situations of armed violence. 

The successful candidate will have proven experience in developing and implementing organisational strategies in the NGO sector, as well as a track record of fundraising for organisations or campaigns on human rights, the impact of conflict on civilians, or related topics.


You will need to be comfortable working as part of a small team and managing staff remotely. Even prior to Covid-19 ECW was a remote working organisation, collaborating via Skype, Zoom and Teams. You will be based at home within the UK, and so will need the right the work in the UK in order to  be considered for the role. It is a full-time position, but an excellent candidate might be considered for a part-time role.


The annual salary for this post is £50,000 and staff will be enrolled in ECW’s pension scheme.


Areas of responsibilities and key tasks

Organisational Strategy

·    Work with ECW’s board of trustees and advisory board to develop an effective strategy for the next phase of the organisation’s work.

·     Work with the staff team to ensure that the strategy is implemented, and monitor progress.

Line Management

·     Manage three members of staff, providing the necessary support and direction to enable them to carry out their respective tasks to a high standard.


·       Act as the point of contact with existing funders, maintaining good relationships and ensuring that reports/follow up bids are delivered on time and in line with requirements.

·       Identify new sources of funding for ECW, including through researching prospects, seeking introductions, and making initial approaches.

·       With support from other members of staff, submit persuasive bids to potential new funders.


·      Represent ECW in various settings to raise the profile of the organisation.

·      Build collaborative relationships with other NGOs.

Person Specification

Education & qualifications

· Educated to degree level. A postgraduate degree in a relevant field such as international law, political science, human rights, development or conflict resolution would be advantageous.

Knowledge and experience


·  Experience of leadership within an NGO setting, at organisational or programme level.

·    Knowledge of the challenges facing small NGOs and strategies to mitigate these.

·  Experience of developing and implementing organisational strategies, and tracking the progress of these.

·   Knowledge of the current funding landscape for human rights work.

·   Experience of building and managing relationships with funders.

·   Experience of making approaches and writing bids which secure new funders.

·   Experience of line management and knowledge of good HR requirements 

·   Experience of working collaboratively with trustees to achieve organisational success.

· Experience of representing an organisation in multilateral NGO meetings and at events.


·      Strong networks relevant to ECW’s work.


To apply for this position, please send a CV with a covering letter that does not exceed two pages to enquiries@everycasualty.org explaining why you would be ideal for this role.

Please remember you must have the right to work and live in the United Kingdom to be considered eligible for this role, as it will not begin before 2021.

The deadline for applications is the 16th December, 2020.

Any questions relating to the role can be directed to iainoverton@gmail.com

This job was posted on Nov 27, 2020.

ECW Board

Professor Susan Breau, PhD
Susan Breau was Professor of International Law at Flinders University, Australia, from July 2010-2013, and is now Professor of International Law and Head of the School of Law at Reading University in the UK. Her research interests are public international law and the international protection of human rights, particularly those issues relating to the use of force. She was awarded her PhD in 2003 at LSE for her research into Humanitarian Intervention under the supervision of Professor Christopher Greenwood. She was the Dorset Fellow in Public International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law for three years. Prior to that appointment, she was a lecturer in international law and human rights at Queen's University Belfast where she assisted in the administration of their LLM in Human Rights Programmes and she has also lectured on the law of armed conflict in the LLM programme at the London School of Economics.

Dr Rachel Seoighe, PhD
Dr Rachel Seoighe is a lecturer in criminology at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. Her work is socio-legal and concerned with state violence, resistance and conflict memory. She works closely with Tamil human rights organisations and her research on Sri Lankan state denial, atrocity and conflict memory contributes to accountability efforts and the struggle for justice. Rachel worked at Every Casualty as a legal consultant and researcher before and throughout pursuing her PhD in Law and Criminology at King's College London. She co-authored several papers with Professor Susan Breau on the international legal framework applicable to casualty recording.

Professor Michael Spagat, PhD
Michael is a Professor of Economics at Royal Holloway College, University of London. He gained his PhD. at Harvard University and has held faculty posts at Brown University and the University of Illinois.
His papers on armed conflict have been published in Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and PLoS Medicine. His current research addresses universal patterns in modern war, the Dirty War Index, civilian casualties in the Iraq conflict, and problems in the measurement of war deaths

Iain Overton
Iain Overton is the Executive Director of Action on Armed Violence, a London-based charity that investigates the causes and consequences of conflict. Having worked in over two dozen conflict zones as a former BBC and ITN journalist, Overton’s human rights reporting has been awarded a Peabody Award, two Amnesty Awards and a BAFTA Scotland and has been shortlisted for a Golden Dagger Award, among others. He has also been a lecturer in investigative journalism at a number of UK universities, including Birkbeck, and holds an MPhil and BA from Cambridge University. He is the author of two books: Gun Baby Gun (Canongate) and The Price of Paradise – how suicide bombers have helped shaped the modern age (Quercus). 


Everett Ressler - Policy and Programme Consultant
Everett Ressler works in the humanitarian field as a practioner, lecturer and researcher. He has participated in more than 150 emergencies internationally and has monitored and supported efforts in many more.
Between 1994-2008 he worked as a UNICEF senior advisor, regional emergency advisor and chief of UNICEF's global early warning in support of preparedness and response efforts in more than 120 countries. He has co-authored several global reference publications and papers in the humanitarian field and lead research and evaluations on topics including the care and protection of children in war, internal displacement, contingency planning, and early warning. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva and a senior humanitarian focal point within the KonTerra Group.

Martin Barber, OBE, PhD
A retired senior international civil servant, Martin Barber has extensive experience in the United Nations, government and NGOs of humanitarian affairs, refugees, mine action, peacekeeping and coordination of aid programmes. Among other notable positions Martin served as the Director of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) from 2000-2005, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (1996-1998), United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan (1995-1996), and Chief of Mission for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assitance to Afghanistan (UNOCHA) (1988-1994). Prior to working with the UN, Martin was the Director of the British Refugee Council in London from 1981-1988. Martin holds a Ph.D in South-East Asian Sociology from the University of Hull, as well as an M.A. in French Language and Literature from St. Andrews University. In 2007, Martin was made an Honorary Fellow, at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

Brigadier-General (Retired), CMG, OBE Richard Iron - Military Adviser
Richard Iron is Military Adviser to Every Casualty. Educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he has served in the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces and completed several tours in Northern Ireland. He commanded 1st Battalion, The King's Own Royal Border Regiment in the Balkans. He was subsequently responsible for British and NATO land doctrine. He was a prosecution expert witness in the Sierra Leone War Crimes trials. He was chief mentor to the Iraqi commander in Basra from December 2007 to November 2008, including Operation Charge of the Knights. After leaving the Army in 2012, he returned to Baghdad to run the security operation for the U.S. legacy mission in Iraq. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford.

Professor Sir Adam Roberts, KCMG, FBA
Adam Roberts is Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, 1986–2007, and President of the British Academy, 2009–13. He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books. Joint editor of Documents on the Laws of War, 3rd edn., Oxford University Press, 2000; The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945, Oxford University Press, 2008; and Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present, Oxford University Press, 2009.