International volunteer oppportunity

Founded in London in 1921, PEN International – PEN’s Secretariat – connects an international community of writers. It is a forum where writers meet freely to discuss their work; it is also a voice speaking out for writers silenced in their own countries. Through Centres in over 100 countries, PEN operates on five continents. PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO. International PEN is a registered charity in England and Wales with registration number 1117088

Opening for International Programmes Volunteer

Salary: Expenses only (travel and daily lunch stipend)

Volunteer Hours:  Three days per week (10.30 am– 5.30pm)
Location: PEN International office in Brownlow House, 50/51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER UK
Start date: 22 May 2014
End date: 22 August 2014

PEN International is looking for an outgoing, enthusiastic and committed individual to support its International Programmes work. The role will involve:

  • Supporting our programme work in the field of civil society and education in particular. Helping to develop and implement a learning and monitoring system for our programmes in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America & Caribbean regions.
  • Communicating the programme results creatively through various channels including social media, electronic newsletter and the PEN International website.
  • Help in preparing, collecting and filing programme documents, including programme proposals and reports (both narrative and financial). Collecting and analysing programme data, feeding programme information into relevant policy areas.

1. Experience in volunteering for a leading international arts and human rights charitable organisation
2. Improved administrative and office skills
3. A fuller understanding and direct experience of how programme work supports and contributes to policy and literary work and human rights campaigns
4. Experience in programme monitoring and evaluation
5. Developed written, editorial and proofing skills
6. Developed web content management skills
7. Experience in project management
8. Experience in working with programmes and grassroots organisations in the Global South.

Deadline for application: 12 May 2014

Volunteers are selected after a brief interview. A trial period of one month will be required after which either side can reconsider the decision to continue. The International Programmes volunteer will report to the International Programmes Officer and the International Programmes Director and work closely with other members of the PEN team. This is an unpaid volunteer post. PEN International will cover travel costs within reason, as well as contribute to lunches.


To apply please send your CV and a letter outlining your reasons for applying and skills you can bring to the post to:

Emese Kovacs,

International Programmes Officer,

PEN International,

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7405 0338

Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7405 0339,




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Opening at Amnesty International

Hello guys!

Happy World Cancer Day!!! There is an opening at Amnesty International specifically focused on our beloved country.

Amnesty International (AI) is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Their vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. They are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations.

Programme: Africa Programme
Team: West Africa
Duration: Six months preferably
Days per week: Three days preferably
Location: London, 1 Easton Street
Languages required: English

Voluntary work in one of the world’s leading human rights organisations can provide valuable experience and you will receive letters of recommendation. Voluntary work is unpaid, although travel and lunch expenses are provided. Amnesty International can act as a sponsor to enable you to arrange your own right to be in the UK as a volunteer. Note that volunteering does not lead directly to employment with Amnesty International.
Brief description of the team: The team is composed of two Researchers, a Campaigner, Research and Campaign Assistant and Volunteer and is responsible for AI’s research and action on Nigeria. It is part of the West Africa sub-regional team in the Africa Programme.
Role of the volunteer/intern: Volunteers are integral to the team and undertake a range of tasks, mainly administrative but also research and campaigning tasks.


Task List

The tasks are supervised but the volunteer is expected to be able to work independently, use their initiative and manage their own workload. Willingness to undertake routine administrative tasks is crucial. Projects may be devised by the team in collaboration with the volunteer which will aim to assist the team in fulfilling its strategic objectives, whilst making the best use of the volunteer’s own skills, interests and experience.

• Press monitoring and electronic filing: We monitor newspapers daily on the internet. Relevant articles are then filed electronically into databases and particularly important news items are forwarded onto the team by email.
• Assisting in updating case files of human rights defenders, political violence, media repression, death penalty cases etc. on our Access database.
• Assisting in drafting AI documents, which can consist of both research and action material as appropriate to the needs of the team and to the interests and capabilities of the volunteer.
• Filing and photocopying: This position will involve some photocopying and manual filing. Experience of electronic filing desirable.
• Correspondence: The volunteer will be asked from time to time to answer general correspondence by letter or email.
• Updating address books/contact lists. The volunteer may be asked to update contact information in Lotus Notes, Paradox or Access. (Training will be given.)
• Attend meetings with the team as deemed appropriate for a better understanding of the work of the team and in order for the volunteer to increase the knowledge of AI’s work and human rights concerns in Nigeria.
Essential skills and experience

• Interest in human rights issues

• Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and security issues in AI’s work

• Demonstrated experience with word processing packages, preferably Word, and databases.
• Fluent level of written and spoken English;
• Good inter-personal and communication skills
• Ability to multi-task
• Ability to work independently
• Willingness to undertake administrative tasks like photocopying, filing and archiving
• Background through study, work or other experience in a relevant area, such as law, international relations, political science, social sciences
Desirable Skills and experience

• Interest in the region
• Some knowledge of campaigning organisations and AI’s work
• Experience in conducting research, including library, internet and other research
• Experience of working in a team
• Administrative experience, including manual and electronic filing
• Press monitoring

Find out how to apply here.

Closing date: February 24, 2014.


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