Amnesty International USA is seeking a qualified volunteer Country Specialist to help monitor the human rights situation in Haiti and to mobilize action in response to developing needs to promote and protect human rights there.
This Country Specialist is part of a corps of volunteer leaders who serve as country 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. Country Specialists develop a solid understanding of Amnesty International’s concerns in the target country, and may be called upon to represent the organization in relevant forums.
In collaboration with others, Country Specialists develop action strategies designed to bring about positive change in the human rights situation in the target country. These strategies may involve rapid responses, media and social media engagement, US and foreign government advocacy, and collaboration with coalitions.
Qualifications considered when recruiting new Country Specialists include:
— extensive knowledge of the country/region
— solid background working with human rights and Haiti
— experience with grassroots campaigning and/or Amnesty International
— strong interpersonal skills
— ability to follow through on projects
— familiarity with international human rights standards
— relevant language skills
Location and Time Commitment:
Applicants must be based in the United States, and most of the volunteer’s work will be conducted from home via email or phone. The average time commitment is 15-20 hours per month, but varies depending on the country in question. Occasional travel, mostly within the U.S., may be requested. Training is provided, and a two-year commitment is requested of all new Country Specialists. The position is unpaid, but certain volunteer-related expenses may be reimbursed.
The application and a detailed job description can be found at: http://www.amnestyusa.org/get-involved/volunteer-positions-and-resources/country-specialists