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HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER TEAM LEADERS (Remote)

United Nations Association, Northern New Jersey Chapter


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HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER TEAM LEADERS (Remote)

Recurrence: Recurring

Time Commitment: 8-12 hours per week

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

UNA-NNJ’s Human Rights Committee (HRC) is currently recruiting for up to fourteen (14) exciting leadership opportunities. HRC Volunteer Committee Team Leaders (Team Leader) to join our team of skilled, dedicated UN human rights supporters. The Human Rights Committee organizes events to promote the work of the UN, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and advocates for strong human rights protections detailed in United Nations human rights conventions. 

We are seeking qualified volunteer Team Leaders to work with the Chair in creating content for public programs involving the following categories related to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: (1) Women’s Rights, (2) Race, Color, Tribal/National Origin, (3) Disability; (4) Youth, Aging, and the Aged; (5) Poverty and Social Class; (5) Sexual Orientation and Identity; (6) Due Process, the Rule of Law, Justice & Prisoner Rights; (7) Refugees, Asylum, Migration, & Statelessness; (8) Freedom of Thought, Religion, Expression, Association, & Assembly; (9) Voting Rights & Democracy; (10) Labor, Employment, & Living Wages; (11) Education, Health, & Wellness; (12) Property, Business ownership, and Commerce; (13) ECOSOC; and (14) Peace & Security.

  • Programming Development: The Section Leader will have a hands-on, vital role in programming and event planning to educate, engage, and lead the community in creating meaningful conversations about Human Rights matters at the United Nations, and to inspire action both locally and globally. Each Team Leader will serve in a leadership role with respect to developing and producing programming for their designated section’s subject area of the human rights protections at the United Nations, in collaboration with the Committee Chair. Team Leaders may present high quality content area speakers for program events for consideration to the Chair, and/or may request assistance from the Chair in facilitation with engaging speakers.The Team Leader will also present proposed programming items for review and consideration of the Chair and the UNA-NNJ Board, which includes panel discussions, blog pieces, and podcasts. 
  • Special Event Planning: All Team Leaders will work with the Chair to plan the annual Human Rights Awards reception to commemorate Human Rights Day, during which we recognize the contributions of outstanding human rights champions.
  • Human Rights Action Network: The Human Rights Committee seeks to develop and maintain contacts with their counterparts in other UNA-NNJ committees as well as other human rights organizations, solidarity groups or other stake-holders in various areas of global human rights work. The Section Leader will coordinate with, and engage, a network individual and organizational global human rights advocacy stakeholders who carry out ongoing work related to their team’s focus area of global human rights. This Action Network is developed both within and outside of our current UNA-USA membership base and provides Team Leader with an opportunity to facilitate women’s human rights work and discussion and support the work of global human rights at the United Nations.
  • Communications: The Team Leader, in consultation with the Human Rights Committee Chair, will serve as an official spokesperson for the Human Rights Committee concerning their team’s area of human rights at the United Nations in collaboration with the UNA-NNJ communications team. This includes drafting, distributing, and responding to communications for potential use in domestic and international print, TV, radio, and internet outlets. The Team Leader also liaises with the Communications team in order to update and maintain the Human Rights Committee page(s) on the UNA-NNJ website related to developments in their team’s area of human rights. The Team Leader also works with the UNA-NNJ Marketing team to craft online actions and promotion for Committee programming, and development of content the blog, as well as social media platform content, such as the Facebook page, Twitter feed, and YouTube channel, etc.
  • General assistance to the Human Rights Committee Chair: The Team Leader provides general assistance, information, and promotion of human rights to the Committee Chair, committee members, and interns seeking to work on international human rights programming.

Responsibilities and Time Commitment

The Human Rights Committee convenes virtually for one hour weekly to plan and report on Committee activities. Team Leaders are expected (with support of recruited committee members and interns) to:

  • Participate, as appropriate, in discussions/decision-making process that takes place by e-mail in between Committee meetings.
  • Attend all of the Committee events, and at least half of the UNA NNJ Chapter events, produced by fellow colleagues.
  • Submit and present reports at Committee meetings about the status of their programming and event development.
  • Work collaboratively with Committee members, and engage in Committee recruitment efforts to support their work.
  • Plan, prepare, and produce at least two (2) panel discussions on their topic area;
  • Write at least two (2) blog pieces on their topic area.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Member in good standing of UNA-USA
  • Bachelors in human rights, foreign policy, international affairs, or a related area.
  • Social media and adept technology skills.
  • Foreign language skills.
  • Record-keeping/note-taking/administrative skills.
  • Creative skills for designing online actions/newsletters.
  • The initiative, willingness, desire, and ability to be leader in advocating for global human rights.
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and teamwork skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, particularly in dealing with diverse individuals.


Preferred

Priority will be given to applicants who possess the following qualifications: 

  • Masters Degree, or higher, in human rights, foreign policy, international affairs, or a related area.
  • Demonstrated interest in or experience with the United Nations or other multilateral organizations.
  • Experience coordinating human rights oriented events and programming.
  • History of progressively responsible supervisory experience working with an NGO or non-profit.

Important Considerations: this is an unpaid, volunteer position. However, successful candidates selected will be expected to assume this role as a leader for those who want to support human rights in this community, an advocate and defender of human rights for people around the world, and a colleague who will engage diligently and professionally with our trusted counterparts in the NGO and United Nations community. Your passion and drive for this mission will set you apart from other candidates, so please detail how you plan to use your role to elevate this important work in your social and community networks. As we anticipate a high level of interest in this position, please note, we may not be able to respond to all applicants. 

“Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” - Shonda Rhimes 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter describing how your qualifications suit this position and why you are interested in serving in this role, a current resume, an unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. 

Please submit the entire application to programs@unausannj.org and include "Human Rights Committee Volunteer Team Leader" in the subject line, and identify which subject area category for which you wish to be considered.

The UNA, Northern New Jersey Chapter covers the counties in the northern part of the state which include Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties.

UNA-NNJ is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply. We prohibit discrimination of any kind based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, indigenous status, immigration status, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected and non-merit factors.

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER TEAM LEADERS (Remote)

Recurrence: Recurring

Time Commitment: 8-12 hours per week

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to…

Details at a glance

  • Virtual Opportunity
  • Wheelchair Accessible

How to Apply

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter describing how your qualifications suit this position and why you are interested in serving in this role, a current resume, an unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. 

Please submit the entire application to programs@unausannj.org and include "Human Rights Committee Volunteer Team Leader" in the subject line, and identify which subject area category for which you wish to be considered.

The UNA, Northern New Jersey Chapter covers the counties in the northern part of the state which include Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties.

UNA-NNJ is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply. We prohibit discrimination of any kind based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, indigenous status, immigration status, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected and non-merit factors.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter describing how your qualifications suit this position and why you are interested in serving in this role, a current resume, an unedited…

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