Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is seeking creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working applicants for a six-month Advocacy Volunteer. We are flexible with an applicants’ start dates, which may begin in April or May, but will run six months, likely through the end of September 2019. This volunteer position is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Through this program, volunteers can expect to gain valuable hands-on international advocacy experience, including knowledge of the United Nations and its mechanisms, in particular the Human Rights Council. We are happy to work with students seeking academic course credit for their work. This is a remote, unpaid volunteer opportunity that reports directly to the Executive Director.

Geneva Advocacy Volunteer
Starting date: We are flexible to applicants’ schedule
End date: ~October 2019
Occupational rate: 40 hours per week
Location: Palais des Nations – NGO Office
Remuneration: Unpaid
Main activities
  • Conduct research on regionally focused human rights crises and their relations to the international human rights legal framework;
  • Assist in preparations for engaging sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council;
  • During the Human Rights Council sessions, attend diplomatic state and UN Special Procedure meetings;
  • Deliver oral interventions in front of the Council on human rights issues of importance in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council states; 
  • Attend and report on events, briefings, and other relevant meetings during the March session of the Human Rights Council;
  • Support senior staff during the Council, including through social media engagement, outreach to diplomatic state missions and representatives, assist in the preparations for panels;
  • Draft policy papers and advocacy letters in support of the advocacy team;
  • Support social media activities and provide administrative support where needed.
Key skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Self-starting, motivated to learn, and highly organized;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Twitter;
  • A demonstrated interest in the MENA region.
  • Undergraduate degree in Political Science, International Relations, Law or related field;
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program
 Fluency in written and spoken English.
How to apply
Interested in this position?

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Please send us your CV and cover letter in PDF format named as SURNAME_Name_CV-CL to with Geneva Advocacy Volunteer in the subject line.