Become a Council of Europe Volunteer at Amnesty International in London. Amnesty International is looking for a volunteer to support the advocacy work of Amnesty International on Council of Europe (CoE) issues for 2 or 3 days per week for a minimum of 3 months.
Amnesty’s overall goal in this sector is to advocate the CoE and its member states to take concrete action to promote and protect human rights at the national and regional levels, enforcing existing human rights standards and developing new when necessary, while increasing the impact of Amnesty’s work with the CoE.
Voluntary work at Amnesty International provides valuable experience in a professional environment. They will provide the volunteer with regular feedback, evaluation and work references.
This volunteer role will focus on assisting the Executive Officer on the Council of Europe (based in Strasbourg) by drafting official correspondence and internal documents, monitoring CoE developments, and liaising with relevant internal and external counterparts.
The role would be based in London under the Europe Regional Office (ERO). Liaison with the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office is also expected.
The Europe Regional Office is a team of Regional Researchers, Campaigners, Media and Content Managers, Executive Officers, a Programme Coordinator and Research, Campaigns and Communications Assistants based in London and Brussels. They work on the EU, the Balkans and Turkey.
Role profile of the volunteer:
The successful volunteer will be expected to carry out the following tasks:
- Provide assistance to the Executive Officer with internal communication tasks, such as assisting with email correspondence, and forwarding relevant information to the ERO team;
- Prepare and follow-up on advocacy activities towards the CoE and its bodies;
- Liaise with internal and external counterparts, including the EIO, AI’s Europe Regional Offices, national sections, the CoE’s Secretariat, NGOs and other as appropriate;
- Assist in drafting letters, official correspondence and other internal documents, such as thematic notes, syntheses and updates to sections;
- Monitor CoE policy and legal developments in all relevant CoE mechanisms and bodies as well as the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights;
- Disseminate information on relevant issues to Amnesty’s sections and programmes;
- Conduct political and legal research and analysis, and respond to research requests;
- Provide administrative and organisational assistance to the Executive Officer;
- Update and maintain files and contact lists;
- Assist with the organisation of meetings and events
- Travel and lunch expenses will be provided.
- Check the official website for further details.
- Ability to communicate (orally and in writing) in English is essential;
- Ability to use sound judgment, initiative, tact and diplomacy when required;
- Interest in the region, and willingness to learn about the social, political, human rights developments and security considerations;
- Appreciation of the importance of confidentiality and security in Amnesty’s work;
- Commitment to working in a multi-cultural and diverse environment.
- Good planning and organising skills;
- Knowledge of other regional languages;
- Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and backgrounds in a sensitive manner;
- Broad understanding of the nature of human rights concerns in the sub-region;
- Understanding of equal opportunity principles and commitment to apply them in daily work;
- Commitment to work within Amnesty’s mandate.
Eligible Regions: Open for All