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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, available after 12 months of service; family-friendly policies; flexible working opportunities for staff with dependents; up to 10 days’ dependency leave (per annum) for emergency situations involving dependents; and more.

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

Thank you for your interest in working for PEN International.


There are currently no vacancies at PEN International.


Volunteer with us

PEN Junior Research/Campaign Fellow, Arabic speaking 

We are seeking an Arabic-speaking Case List Junior Fellow to join the Regional and International Programmes team at the offices of PEN International near London Bridge for three days a week for four months.

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 and specifically the collation of PEN International’s Case List of imprisoned 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 alerts, correspondence and other actions

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.

For a more detailed job description and information on how to apply, please click here

PEN International offers a year-round volunteer scheme across all areas of our work, providing interesting and exciting placements to those looking for a career in an NGO, charity, human rights or arts organisation.

Volunteers have helped ensure the success of such projects as the Writers in Prison Committee’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010; the coordination and promotion of the Free the Word! event series since 2008; administrative support for our international Congresses and for regional programmes; coordination of worldwide meetings with writers from Centres; and much more.

A placement with us can benefit a volunteer in a number of ways, helping her or him to acquire: experience working for a leading international human rights NGO; research and campaigning skills in the area of freedom of expression; experience of project and event management; development of written, editorial and proofreading skills; development of skills in the field of communications, including event marketing and PR and web content management.

Travel expenses and a daily allowance will be provided.

Volunteer opportunities are announced alongside our paid positions on this page, although we welcome expressions of interest in volunteering at any time. We ask for volunteers to commit to a minimum of three months for at least two days a week. (Some placements have extended to six months and beyond.)


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.