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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 vacancies are 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



PEN Junior Research/Campaigning Fellow

We are seeking a Junior Fellow to help the Regional and International Programmes Team with research and campaigning. The Fellowship is based at the offices of PEN International in south London near London Bridge for three days a week for up to three months from mid-November 2017.

The Junior Fellow 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


  • 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.


  • 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) 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 (October 2017) 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.