Afghanistan Volunteer

Amnesty International
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jan 30

Position description

We are looking for a volunteer in the South Asia Team focusing on Afghanistan, for at least 2 days per week for a minimum of 3 months.

 The team is composed of a Researcher, Campaigner and a Research and Campaign Assistant and is responsible for Amnesty International’s (AI) research and campaigning work on Afghanistan.

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

  1. Press monitoring: Daily monitoring newspapers on the internet and providing daily briefs to the team;
  2. Assistance with background research for a specific project or case work, information gathering through web or telephone;
  3. Analysing and summarising legal and policy documents;
  4. We maintain different databases for documenting and analysing human rights violations: the Volunteer will be asked to update the databases by collecting    and evaluating relevant information;  
  5. Responding to basic correspondence;
  6. Assisting with logistics for missions or events if needed;
  7. Translating: the volunteer may be asked to translate documents when needed and if possessing required language skills;
  8. Assisting with publications of materials – proof reading; dissemination, etc;
  9. Regularly updating contact lists;
  10. Filing and photocopying: Apart from the electronic filing system, we also have a system for hardcopy filing, which the volunteer helps to keep updated. This involves some manual filing and assisting with archiving materials.
  11. Organizing materials for meetings and minute-taking.

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

  1. Background through study, work or other experience in a relevant area, such as law, human rights, international relations, political science or social sciences.
  2. Ability to collect, review and analyse large amounts of information and summarise the relevant points succinctly;
  3. Ability to analyse and evaluate complex information, including recording it into relevant databases;
  4. Excellent attention to detail;
  5. Fluent level of written and spoken English with effective written communication skills;
  6. Fluency in written and spoken Dari and/or Pashto.
  7. Good inter-personal and communication skills;
  8. Good organizational skills;
  9. Ability to multi-task and organise workload efficiently;
  10. Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  11. Good working knowledge of computers, familiarity with word processing and databases;
  12. Willingness to undertake routine office work like photocopying, filing and archiving.


  1. Interest  in the South Asia region, particularly Afghanistan; 
  2. Some  knowledge of the human rights issues in Afghanistan; 
  3. Experience  in conducting research, including library, internet and other research;
  4. Administrative experience, including manual and electronic filing;
  5. Experience in press monitoring;
  6. Experience of working with databases; and
  7. Some experience of casework.

Volunteering in one of the worlds leading human rights organisations can provide valuable experience and you will 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 or employment in London. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own UK visa/work permit before arriving in the UK.

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 policies 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 Volunteer Coordinator to discuss particular requirements.

Application instructions

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