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Senegal: Volunteer - West and Central Africa Regional Office

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Amnesty International
Country: Senegal
Closing date: 28 Jul 2017

We are currently recruiting for a volunteer who will be able to assist the Francophone West Africa team ideally for five days a week for a maximum of 6 months (3 months renewable once). The countries covered include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

The selected candidate will acquire an array of benefits including an introduction to human rights dynamic in the West and Central Africa Region. The candidate will acquire familiarity with regional and local organizations. The volunteer will work with a wide range of people and will be involved in varied research and campaign work to make a difference in the fight for human rights in the region and globally.

Task List

  • Press monitoring and electronic filing: We daily monitor newspapers on the internet. Relevant articles are then filed electronically into databases with particularly important news items forwarded to the teams by email.

  • Correspondence: the volunteer will be asked from time to time to answer general correspondence and to communicate with the Amnesty International (AI) membership by letter or email.

  • Assisting in drafting and editing AI documents, consisting of both research and campaign documents and materials.

  • Translating documents and correspondence from English to French and French to English.

  • Conducting desk research and summarizing research material.

Essential Skills & Experience

  1. Good IT working skills

  2. Fluent level of written and spoken English and French

  3. Good inter-personal and communication skills

  4. Ability to manage a varied workload and work independently

  5. Accuracy and attention to detail

  6. Willingness to undertake office work like photocopying, filing, archiving and other administrative tasks

  7. Background through study, work or other experience in a relevant area, such as law, international relations, political science or social sciences etc.

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • Interest in the West and Central Africa region

  • Knowledge of or interest in law, history and politics

  • Knowledge of campaigning organizations and AI's work

  • Experience in conducting research, including library, internet and other research

  • Experience of working in a team

  • Administrative experience, including manual and electronic filing

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.

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