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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.

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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. 

PEN International is looking for a

Location: London

Timeframe: Two days per week for three months, starting 6 November

This position is unpaid. Travel and lunch expenses will be covered by PEN International.

About PEN International:
PEN is the world’s leading association of writers, working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world. Founded in 1921, the organisation is governed by the PEN Charter and the principles it embodies: unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations. PEN International connects an international community of writers from its Secretariat in London, spanning over 100 countries with over 150 PEN Centres worldwide.

Task description:
We are seeking a Junior Fellow to join the International Programmes Team at the offices of PENInternational in London (Bermondsey) for 2 days per week for 3 months.
The Junior Fellow will be supervised by the Europe Programme Coordinator.
The main focus of the assignment will be freedom of expression in the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including protection of journalists and writers and freedom of the media, and issues of censorship online and offline, among others as relevant to the blogosphere, literature, cinema and theatre.

Specific tasks will include:
• Researching freedom of expression violations in the Russian Federation and the CIS;
• Monitoring news on free expression issues in the Russian Federation and the CIS;
• Liaising with writers, journalists and bloggers in the Russian Federation and the CIS;
• Assisting with drafting outputs on the above issues.
The Junior Fellow will be based at the PEN International headquarters in London. Office hours are 10 am – 6 pm. Considering this is a part-time non-remunerated position, working days can be organised with flexibility in consultation with the Europe Programme Coordinator.

Person specification:
The ideal applicant will have:
• Fluent Russian and English, spoken and written; working knowledge of other languages
spoken in the CIS are an advantage;
• Excellent knowledge of international human rights law and standards applicable in the Russian Federation and the CIS;
• Excellent knowledge of Russian and CIS political, legal and cultural context;
• Strong research, analytical and writing skills;
• An interest in freedom of expression and linguistic rights issues.
The applicant must have the right to be in the United Kingdom.

Application process:
• To apply, please send your CV and a (max) one-page cover letter to
recruitment@pen-international.org with subject line: ‘Junior Research Fellow (Russian speaking)’ by 6 pm on 25 October 2017.
• Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 6pm on 27 October 2017.
• The Junior Fellow will be selected following an interview and test on 31 October or 1
November 2017.
• Starting date is 6 November 2017. A one-month trial period applies

PEN International is an equal opportunities employer