Country/Thematic Specialistst

Amnesty International USA
  • Location
    Various locations, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 31

Position description

We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.

Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization.

Amnesty International USA seeks a volunteer Country Specialist to help monitor the human rights situation in Haiti and support in mobilizing action to promote and protect human rights in these countries. AIUSA’s Country Specialists serve as country experts and strategists and are part of a corps of volunteer leaders known as the Coordination Group program, which is organized by sub world region.

The Haiti Country Specialist will join AIUSA’s Caribbean and Central America Coordination Group (also known as Cogroup), which consists of skilled, dedicated specialists working closely with AI staff and others to advance human rights in the Caribbean region.

This volunteer position is an exciting opportunity to contribute your human rights passion and expertise while leveraging and expanding your skills. You’ll get training and support by AIUSA and be part of a community of activists advancing human rights in Haiti.

As Haiti Country Specialist you'll work with partners to:

  • Routinely monitor the political and human rights situation in Haiti with a solid understanding of AI’s policies and specific concerns pertaining to Haiti.
  • Develop and implement action strategies for Haiti in coordination with Amnesty International’s researchers and campaigners around the world and Amnesty International USA’s Americas Advocacy Director. 
  • Provide general assistance, information, and actions to AIUSA members and activists seeking to work on issues related to human rights in Haiti.
  • Assist the organization in developing and maintaining contacts with counterparts in other human rights organizations, solidarity groups and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with AIUSA Advocacy Directors on any aspects of AIUSA’s legislative work pertaining to Haiti i.e. communicating with US State Department desk officers, US embassies abroad, foreign embassies in Washington DC and consulates throughout the US.

Qualifications

You're the ideal Haiti Country Specialist candidate if you have these qualifications:

  • Based in the United States, willing to commit to the role for a minimum of two years.
  • Substantive knowledge of human rights issues and trends in Haiti. 
  • Familiar with advocacy or research relating to the rights of civilians in conflict, women, peace & security, and/or minority rights.
  • Experience with grassroots campaigning and/or Amnesty International.
  • Familiarity with international human rights standards.
  • Experience studying or supporting civil society, human rights, gender equality, LGBTI rights, climate change, or fundamental freedoms in Haiti.
  • Experience studying or supporting the experiences of Haitian migrants in the US and US immigration policy as it pertains to Haitiain migrants. 
  • Comfortable speaking out on human rights either on social media, in front of a public audience, by lobbying members of congress or through writing.
  • Engaged and responsive.
  • Knowledge and fluency of French or Haitian Creole is preferred.
  • Thoughtful, respectful, and committed team member dedicated to human rights in Haiti and ready to join our team.
  • Able to commit a sufficient amount of time to accomplish the tasks outlined above. While the average time commitment can vary greatly, depending on the country or issue being covered by a specialist, for many the time commitment averages 5 hours per week.

Application instructions

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