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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.


Volunteer Writers in Prison Committee Administrative Assistant

Job description
The Volunteer WiPC Administrative Assistant will assist the WiPC Programme Director and other members of the WiPC team at the International HQ of the Writers in Prison Committee in Central London. The volunteer will work under the close supervision of the WiPC Research & Campaigns Assistant. The focus of the work will be on supporting the WiPC team in their work. However, on occasion the volunteer may be asked to assist other teams within PEN International.

Tasks include:
• Undertaking simple desk research tasks, including qualitative research and analysis related to the WiPC’s ongoing review of its tools and methods
•  Updating the PEN International website with WiPC material
• Writing and sending updates via social media (Facebook, Twitter)
• Administrative tasks e.g. answering enquiries from the membership and the public, filing, assisting with travel bookings etc.
• Monitoring news on free expression issues
• Helping to draft alerts, correspondence and other actions

Successful volunteers at the WiPC 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
• Experience of updating websites

***All volunteers must have the right to work in the UK***

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. 

**Closing date for applications: 8 August 2014**

For more information and how to apply, download the full job description


Volunteer with us

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! festival in London annually since 2008; administrative support for our international Congresses (in Tokyo in 2010 and Belgrade in 2011) and for regional programmes; coordination of meetings in Lahore and Tokyo with writers from Centres in the Asia Pacific region; 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; and much more.

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 French ,Arabic, 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.

Apply to be a Translation Volunteer

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