Declarations Podcast: Call for New Team Members

Declarations: The Human Rights Podcast is recruiting a brilliant and inclusive new team of volunteers to help produce accessible, critical content about human rights for our global and diverse listenership.

As part of the Declarations team, you will have the opportunity to shape the podcast’s orientation, guests and content. Last year, in Season 7, we covered the theme Borders & Boundaries. From exploring the boundaries of climate governance to the UK’s Rwanda Asylum Plan, we covered a global range of issues at the cutting edge of human rights advocacy, research and policy.

This year 2023-24, the theme is open for you to collectively agree on a subject. Now entering Season 8, Declarations has a back catalogue of 96 episodes on topics like racial equality in the United Kingdom, petro-capitalism in Nigeria, and Europe’s missing migrant children. Our previous guests are activists, practitioners and academic experts. Declarations is run out of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) at Cambridge POLIS.

Applicants can be any member of the university, from undergrads to MPhils, PhDs or distinguished professors, politics junkies or physicists. No knowledge on Artificial Intelligence is required. What’s important is your passion for human rights, social justice and podcasts. Previous experience is welcome, but not necessary. Commitment to diversity is a must. People from underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Check out previous episodes on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you listen. You can also find us on TwitterFacebook, and our website.

Open positions:

  • Podcast Lead: This is the key lead role in our Podcast team. You will oversee team roles and foster an inclusive environment. You will guide the podcast based on the existing strategy. You will develop and edit the new strategy. You are responsible for deliverables to the CGHR and for ensuring that everyone understands their role and is equally heard and respected. You will help mentor and guide team members and ensure that all team members work together. Experience managing a team is necessary. Professional work or activist experience preferred.  
  • Communications Manager: You will design creative outreach campaigns and run social media. This includes our long-term branding vision and short-term weekly episode marketing. You will conduct quarterly social media analytics and help to grow our audience base across platforms. Experience with Adobe suite and design skills are desired. 
  • Panellists: You will join our rotating cast of articulate voices, who are passionate about human rights. Most episodes have 1-2 panellists. You brainstorm topics, organise guests, and bring great questions to our recording studio.
  • Executive Producer: You will organise and run our meetings, monitor workflow, and budgeting/liaise with CGHR. You will also need to listen to episodes prior to publishing and help the sound editor in putting them together. You will also help with sound editing when required. Experience with sound editing/production is a must. 
  • Sound Editor: You will ensure that the audio quality of the podcast is of the highest possible level. As part of your tasks, you will sound edit each episode and provide support in related aspects such as recording equipment. Experience with sound editing/production is required. 
  • Shownotes Writer: You write show notes to complement each episode. These companion pieces summarize the best points, list references mentioned, and give more background information or a unique perspective the episode didn’t cover. You will use SEO and work with the comms team to ensure the notes are getting enough traction.
  • Host: You will lead each show. You appear on every episode and direct the conversation. You will oversee panellist questions and review questions prior to each episode. You will have to be an eloquent speaker with the ability to mentor team members and craft spontaneous thought-provoking questions. 

If you’re interested, please apply by writing to CGHR Coordinator Anusha Arumugam ( by Sunday, 15th October, 12pm. Please make sure that your application email includes the following:

– The role you are applying for 

– A CV (max. 2 pages) and cover letter of max 500 words/1 page (explaining, with examples, how you fit the role)

– Other roles that you are also interested in

If you have any inquiries, do drop an email to Sebastián Lehuedé (, and cc CGHR Co-Director Dr Sharath Srinivasan ( You can also get in touch in case you have accessibility needs you would like to discuss at this point.

Interview dates will be emailed to shortlisted applicants. Potential panellists will be asked to bring episode ideas on any topic related to Human Rights. 

See you soon and all the best,

The Declarations Team