Amnesty International Opportunity for Volunteer – Death Penalty

Volunteer – Death Penalty
Team: Death Penalty      Programme:  Global Thematic Issues

We are looking for a volunteer to support the work of the death penalty team for two days a week for a minimum of six months starting in mid-January 2018.

Brief description of the work the team carries out:

  • Researching the judicial use of the death penalty globally;
  • Calling for countries to establish an official moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view to abolition and campaigning for a reduction in the number of crimes for which the death penalty may be imposed as steps towards full abolition;
  • Campaigning on behalf of individuals under sentence of death;
  • Working to strengthen international law and promoting total abolition of the death penalty – nationally and internationally;
  • Monitoring worldwide developments on use of the death penalty; and
  • Strengthening the abolitionist movement globally.

The successful volunteer would be expected to carry out the following tasks:

  • Press monitoring and electronic filing: Monitor international and local media on a daily basis for death penalty related developments across the world. Selected articles are then filed electronically into a database.
  • Administration: Support the team’s administrative and communication systems; update databases, records and assist in the management of other information retrieval systems where necessary.
  • Data verification: The volunteer may be asked to assist the team with verifying and presenting death penalty statistics related to the use of the death penalty worldwide.
  • Project tasks: Support the team with relevant tasks to support research or campaign projects. This may include support with formatting and proof-reading of documents.

The work is 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 work is crucial.

We would expect the successful volunteer to have the following skills and experience:

  • Interest in and general knowledge of the death penalty and other human rights issues;
  • Background through study, work or other experience in a relevant area, such as law, international relations, political science or social sciences;
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English; a second language is desirable (such as French, Spanish or Arabic);
  • Strong computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Word and Excel (including using formulas and filters);
  • Good attention to detail;
  • Good inter-personal, communication and writing skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Administrative experience; willingness to undertake routine office work;
  • Awareness of the importance of confidentiality and security at Amnesty International.

NB: We can only consider applicants who are eligible to work in the UK.  This includes UK citizens or students with a right to study and work in the UK. We will contact successful candidates by 1 December 2017 and invite for an informal interview on 7 December. We would like the successful volunteer to begin in the week of 15 January 2018.

Volunteering in one of the world’s leading human rights organisations can provide valuable experience and following your successful volunteer placement, you may request to receive references. However, please note that volunteering does not lead directly to employment with Amnesty International.

Volunteering is unpaid, although travel and lunch expenses are provided. We are able to offer only very limited advice in terms of finding accommodation and volunteers are responsible for arranging their own visa/work permit where required.

Equality and diversity is at the core of our values and volunteers are expected to participate collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the contribution of others is valued and respected.

Volunteers are required to comply with our policies and rules relating to Health and Safety, Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunities and with our security regulations.

Amnesty International is committed to creating and sustaining a working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community.

  • Closing Date: 26 November 2017