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We currently employ staff on both a full-time and part-time basis, and provide a challenging but supportive working environment.

We offer competitive salaries and a non-contributory pension scheme with 5% employer contribution, which will comply with UK auto-enrolment requirements from February 2017; 25 days’ annual leave for full time staff; and family-friendly policies.

Many of the positions at the international office offer an opportunity for international travel.

Thank you for your interest in working for PEN International.

For all vacancies, please submit a full CV and covering letter explaining why you would like to work for PEN International and how you meet the person specification to recruitment@pen-international.org by the closing date specified for the vacancy.

Vacancies

The following vacancy is currently available.

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Volunteer Translators

With a global membership speaking over 40 languages we have a regular demand for translators. We work in English, French and Spanish, but also often require translation into and from other languages. At the moment we are particularly looking for people who can translate English to FrenchArabic, Spanish and Russian.

If you are interested in supporting PEN International as a volunteer translator and gaining valuable experience of translating for a range of media for a global NGO, please get in touch. Items for translation include news articles for the web; communiqués for the membership; campaigns reports; project evaluation documents.

 

PEN Junior Research/Campaigning Fellows (3 places)

We are seeking three Junior Fellows to help the Regional and International Programmes Team with research and campaigning. The Fellowships are based at the offices of PEN International in south London near London Bridge for three days a week for up to four months from mid-September 2016.

The Junior Fellows will work under the close supervision of the Regional Coordinators and report to them directly. The focus of the work will be on supporting the team in their work, with a particular focus on the collation of information for PEN International’s Case List of persecuted writers. However, on occasion Fellows may be asked to assist other teams within PEN International.

Tasks will include

  • Researching cases to be included in the PEN Case List
  • Assisting with the drafting of the case list
  • Providing administrative support to Regional Coordinators and other staff as requested
  • Monitoring news on free expression issues
  • Helping to draft campaigning actions, correspondence and other actions

Person specification

Essential

  • Demonstrable experience and interest in undertaking research
  • Strong research and writing skills and analytical ability with excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to work on their own initiative as well as in a team
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise own work independently or in consultation with others
  • Interest in human rights, human rights mechanisms and bodies, such as the United Nations Human Rights Council
  • An interest in freedom of expression and knowledge of international politics
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • All volunteers must have the right to work in the UK.

Desirable

  • Foreign language skills (especially one or more of French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese)
  • An interest in literature
  • Experience of office/clerical work

This is an unpaid post. PEN will cover travel costs within reason, as well as contribute to lunches.

The volunteer will work at the PEN International headquarters, based in Bermondsey, London. Office hours are 10am-6pm.

To apply, email your CV and a brief letter (maximum 1 page) by 9th September 2016, outlining your reasons for applying and skills you can bring to the position to recruitment@pen-international.org stating that you are applying for a Research/Campaigning Junior Fellowship (September 2016) in the subject line.

Previous PEN Junior Fellows have gained:

  • An ability to understand the complex issues inherent in human rights work alongside the importance of impartiality, confidentiality and sensitivity when working in all aspects of this field
  • Experience of human rights research methodology
  • Experience in working for a global membership organisation
  • Experience in working in a small office
  • Improved administrative and office skills
  • Experience of writing actions and other material to tight deadlines and aimed at specific audiences
  • A reference for future employment opportunities

PEN International promotes literature and freedom of expression. Founded in 1921, our global community of writers now spans more than 100 countries. PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO.

 

PEN Junior Communications/Campaigns Fellow

We are seeking a Junior Fellow to help the Communications and Campaigns Team. The Fellowship is based at the offices of PEN International in south London near London Bridge for three days a week for up to four months from mid-September 2016.

The Junior Fellow will work under the close supervision of the Communications and Campaigns Manager and report to her directly. The focus of the work will be on supporting the team in their work communicating PEN’s campaigning, advocacy and literary work to the PEN Network and to the outside world, particularly through the website. However, on occasion Fellows may be asked to assist other teams within PEN International.

Tasks will include

Communications:

  • Contribute to the production and dissemination of PEN International’s various newsletters and general marketing material as required, including assisting in the organisation of translations into French and Spanish
  • Assist with the implementation of PEN International’s social media strategy and undertake regular social media activity, including helping build our Instagram profile
  • For designed items, assist in the design process including drafting and collating text, proof-reading, and collating amendments from other reviewers and assisting with liaison with designers and printers
  • Research, maintain and update media lists and stakeholder contacts
  • Format Press Releases/ Actions/public statements/ and ensure they are sent to relevant contacts, both internal and external
  • Working with the Communications Manager, draft press releases and website content and liaise with the press

Website development:

  • Assist in maintaining the PEN International website, including liaising with web developers
  • Posting approved content across the three language sites as required

Person specification

Essential

  • Knowledge and experience working with international media and social media campaigns
  • Willingness to work on their own initiative as well as in a team
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise own work independently or in consultation with others
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An interest in communications and campaigning
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • All volunteers must have the right to work in the UK.

Desirable

  • Foreign language skills (especially one or more of French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese)
  • An interest in literature and/or journalism and human rights
  • Experience of office/clerical work

This is an unpaid post. PEN will cover travel costs within reason, as well as contribute to lunches.

The volunteer will work at the PEN International headquarters, based in Bermondsey, London. Office hours are 10am-6pm.

To apply, email your CV and a brief letter (maximum 1 page) by 9th September 2016, outlining your reasons for applying and skills you can bring to the position to recruitment@pen-international.org stating that you are applying for a Communications/Campaigns Junior Fellowship (September 2016) in the subject line.

Previous PEN Junior Fellows have gained:

  • Experience of working with the media for a small NGO
  • Experience of drafting copy for campaigning and reporting to tight deadlines and for a range of organisations
  • Experience of helping maintain and develop a website
  • Experience in working for a global membership organisation
  • Experience in working in a small office
  • Improved administrative and office skills
  • A reference for future employment opportunities

PEN International promotes literature and freedom of expression. Founded in 1921, our global community of writers now spans more than 100 countries. PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO.