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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.


The following vacancy is currently available.

Job Description

Programme Coordinator – MENA Region

£29,000 – £38,000 – Permanent full time position

PEN International is looking for an Arabic-speaking Programme Coordinator to lead its Middle East/North Africa work.  The post holder will carry out programme development work with writers in the region, develop strategies to combat freedom of expression violations through research, campaigning and advocacy to support writers at risk, promote linguistic rights  and strengthen PEN International’s impact and profile in the region.

Candidates should submit their CV and covering letter which addresses all aspects of the Job Description and Person Specification, to Recruitment@pen-international.org or by post to PEN International Koops Mill, 162-164 Abbey Street, London, SE1 2AN, UK. Kindly quote reference number MENAPC/PI/2016

Applications must be submitted by 10:00 hours GMT on Monday 5th December 2016.

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Volunteer with us

Junior Research/Campaign Fellow – Arabic-speaking

PEN International is looking for an Arabic-speaking  Junior Research/Campaign Fellow to assist PEN’s Middle East Programme Coordinator for three days a week for four months.

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 alerts, correspondence and other actions

Successful PEN fellows have gained:

  • Experience in working for a small human rights membership organisation
  • Improved administrative and office skills
  • 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 of writing alerts and other material to tight deadlines and aimed at specific audiences

For more information see the full description here

Volunteers are selected after a brief interview and test. A trial period of one month will be required after which either side can reconsider the decision to continue.

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

To apply email your CV and a brief letter (maximum 1 page)outlining your reasons for applying and skills you can bring to the position to recruitment@pen-international.org stating which position you are applying for in the subject line. The closing deadline for applications is 6pm GMT on 9 December 2016

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 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.