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CALL FOR LEADERS: HAITI COUNTRY SPECIALIST

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Published 4 months ago

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 will: 

  • Routinely monitor the political and human rights situation in Haiti with a solid understanding of AI’s policies and specific concerns in the Americans region.
  • 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.
  • Provide expert letters of support for Haitian asylum seekers and occasionally testify at hearings. 
  • Serve as spokespersons for Haiti for AIUSA; respond to and initiate media coverage on the relevant country or theme. This includes both domestic and international print, TV, radio, and digital outlets. Work with relevant staff to maintain/update country or thematic pages on AIUSA’s website and to create/publish online actions and blogs.
  • Engage and work in partnership with Haitian diaspora groups on AIUSA’s specific priorities.

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.
  • Speak French or Haitian Creole. 
  • 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.


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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per week
  • Recurrence
    Recurring

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003, United States
5th Floor

How to Apply

To apply, please fill out AIUSA's Country and Thematic Specialist application and upload your resume and a brief letter of interest.

AIUSA 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 fill out AIUSA's Country and Thematic Specialist application and upload your resume and a brief letter of interest.

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