17JUL - Volunteer Country Specialist, Amnesty International - Deadline: N/A

Job Description

Amnesty International USA is seeking qualified volunteer Country Specialists to help monitor the human rights situations of specific regions and to mobilize action to promote and protect human rights.

Country Specialists are part of a corps of volunteer leaders who serve as country or issue experts and strategists for Amnesty International USA.  These specialists serve as a link between Amnesty’s primary research staff based abroad and the members and staff of the US branch of the organization.  These specialists develop a solid understanding of Amnesty International’s concerns in the target country or issue, and may be called upon to represent the organization in relevant forums.

Job Responsibilities

In collaboration with other volunteers and staff, Country Specialists develop action strategies designed to bring about positive change in the human rights situation in the target country or issue.  These strategies may involve rapid responses, media and social media engagement, US and foreign government advocacy, and collaboration with coalitions.  

Most of the work is conducted from the volunteer’s home via email or phone.  Beyond the requirement that volunteers be based in the U.S., we are flexible regarding where exactly in the U.S. the specialist is based. Occasional travel, mostly within the United States, may be requested.  Although the position is unpaid, certain volunteer-related expenses are reimbursed.

At present, our primary focus for candidates are for the following areas:

-- Nigeria
-- Russia
-- Azerbaijan
-- Venezuela
-- Ecuador
-- Cambodia
-- Laos
-- Bangladesh
-- Maldives
-- Eritrea
-- Jamaica
-- Ireland
-- Kenya
-- Colombia
-- Honduras

Individuals interested in possible Country Specialist openings for countries other than those listed above should feel free to inquire.

Job Requirements

A range of qualifications are considered when recruiting new Country Specialists, including a candidate’s:
-- knowledge of the country/region
-- experience with grassroots campaigning and/or Amnesty International
-- interpersonal skills
-- ability to follow through on projects
-- familiarity with international human rights standards
-- language skills

How to Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter describing your interest to:  cgintern@aiusa.org