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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:48 am    Post subject: Amnesty International Internship Reply with quote

Refugee and Migrants Rights’ Team – London - Policy and Evaluation Program

We are currently recruiting a volunteer to start immediately, so if you are interested in working for our team, we would like to hear from you as soon as possible. We are looking for a volunteer for 2-3 days per week for 3 months.
The team is part of the Policy and Evaluation Program. The team undertakes research, advocacy, lobbying and campaigning activities for the protection and promotion of the human rights of refugees, asylum-seekers, migrants and the internally displaced (IDPs) worldwide. We provide policy, legal, campaigning and other advice to staff at the International Secretariat (IS) as well as our global network of Refugee Coordinators (in some 50 countries).
Volunteers will contribute actively to our team and to wider program issues and activities. There will be a lot of day-to-day administrative tasks but there is also a variety of research and editing opportunities on substantive human rights issues
Being a volunteer in one of the world’s leading human rights organisations can provide valuable experience and you will receive work references. However, please note that volunteerships do not lead directly to employment with Amnesty International.
Volunteering for Amnesty International is unpaid, although travel and lunch expenses are provided. We are able to offer only very limited advice in terms of finding accommodation or employment in London. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own UK visa/work permit before arriving in the UK. AI can provide a supporting letter on request.

Tasks and projects will be devised by the team and these will aim to assist the team in fulfilling its strategic objectives. A background in refugee and/or migrants’ rights and related areas, either from academia or work experience, would be an asset, but not essential, including knowledge of international refugee law or international human rights law.
The work is supervised but the volunteer is expected to be able to work independently and take a lead role in specific areas, use their own initiative and manage their own workload. Tasks will include:
• Administrative tasks:
• Assist in the updating and administration of the team’s databases and other information resources
• Assist in the administration of the team’s communal email inbox, including through forwarding emails for action to team members as appropriate

• Project-based tasks assigned by the team, such as:
• News and other monitoring, summarising both for internal and external purposes including casework developments,
• Updating the team’s events calendar by monitoring policy developments in international and regional intergovernmental organisations as they relate to refugees, IDPs and migrants and summarise information/develop team briefing papers/news summaries as appropriate;
• Drafting and summarising the findings of surveys, reports and policy papers on the treatment of refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs and migrants,
• Liaise with the Refugee Coordinators Network as appropriate,
• Participate in and minute-take team and other meetings
• Administrative experience, including manual and electronic filing
• Good working knowledge of computers; familiarity with word processing, and databases
• Good inter-personal and communication skills
• Ability to prioritise and multi-task
• Willingness to undertake routine office work such as filing and archiving
• Good research skills
• Good drafting skills
• Knowledge of international law (particularly refugee law), migrants’ rights and/or international relations as well as general interest in current refugee, migrants’ rights and related issues
• Ability to work with people from various backgrounds
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
• Fluent level of written and spoken English

• French and/or Spanish: Ability to speak/understand/write French and/or Spanish to assist the team members in their verbal and written communications with French- and/or Spanish-speaking contacts


The International Secretariat of Amnesty International is committed to a comprehensive policy of Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunities in which individuals are selected and treated solely on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the Secretariat. All staff, whether paid or voluntary, will work collectively and individually within the terms and intentions of the Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.

Volunteers are required to comply with AI's policy and rules relating to Health and Safety, Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunities and with its security regulations.

Amnesty International actively promotes equal opportunities. If you have a disability, please contact the Internship Coordinator to discuss particular requirements.
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