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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.

Vacancies

The following vacancy is currently available.

 

Job Description

 

JOB TITLE:                             Europe Programme Coordinator

SALARY:                                  £29,000 – £38,000

DURATION:                             Maternity Cover (9 months)

DATE AGREED:                         June 2017

 Based in London (with travel)

 

 JOB SUMMARY

Under the overall supervision of the Director of International Programmes, the primary

role of the Europe Programme Coordinator is to ensure the implementation of PEN’s strategic plan through the development and implementation of PEN’s programmes in Europe.

The Europe Programme Coordinator will be expected to carry out programme development work in the region as whole, develop strategies to combat freedom of expression violations through research, campaigning and advocacy to support writers at risk and strengthen PEN International’s impact and profile in the region.

The job will include supporting advocacy work at the national and regional levels (where appropriate) and developing and maintaining relations with PEN Centres and funders, including preparing narrative reports and ensuring delivery of project outputs.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

 Combating freedom of expression violations in the Europe based on robust research by:

  • Monitoring freedom of expression developments in the region with a view to informing and identifying potential opportunities for advocacy and campaigning by PEN Centres, regional networks, PEN Committees and the elected leadership by coordinating relevant action with the appropriate structures
  • Monitoring and verifying cases of persecuted writers in the region through conducting research, in close collaboration with the Writers at Risk Protection team;
  • Devising and implementing advocacy strategies for individual persecuted writers in the region in close collaboration with the Writers at Risk Protection team;
  • Drafting of campaign actions and other appropriate advocacy material to support individual persecuted writers;
  • Participating in updating the case list of persecuted writers and coordinating its production with other regional programme coordinators;
  • Training, line-managing and reviewing the work of fellows/interns working for the case list

Advocacy and campaigning to strengthen PEN International’s impact and profile in Europe:

  • Developing and implementing advocacy strategies on freedom of expression issues at the national and regional levels, and providing input into the development and implementation of advocacy strategies at the international level;
  • Participation in PEN missions and advocacy-related travel relating to the region
  • Developing briefing materials on the region for the PEN leadership as required.
  • Representing PEN International, to relevant authorities, international organisations, the media and others working on the region as appropriate; and by attending meetings as requested.

 Contribute to the effective work of the International and Regional Programme by:

  • Contributing to the timely delivery of programme projects by contributing to work for which PEN International is directly responsible and through monitoring and evaluation;
  • Contributing to identifying funding opportunities and developing project funding proposals (both narrative and financial) to grow PEN International’s work in the region, and ensure that reporting and evaluation requirements are fulfilled in a timely manner.
  • Monitoring all budgetary expenditure of the Regional Programme according to PEN International’s financial procedures
  • Participating actively in the overall development of the International and Regional Programme
  • Providing cover for Programme colleagues as required
  • Contributing to the administration of the International and Regional Programme as required

 Contribute to PEN International’s work generally by:

  • Participating in the development and implementation of PEN International campaigns, particularly in relation to issues relating to the region
  • Facilitating cross-learning and collaboration within PEN International’s other

regional/thematic teams;

  • Informing and supporting the development of cross-programme project funding proposals;
  • Contributing to appropriate monitoring, documentation and evaluation of projects through quarterly reports ;
  • Contributing to overall PEN International policy and strategies;
  • Writing reports, briefings, action material and other PEN International outputs for all forms of media, for the region covered.
  • Carrying out any necessary administrative tasks in relation to the post;
  • Undertaking any other duties commensurate with the post that may reasonably be required.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in a related area of work, such as human rights or development, including project development/management experience;
  • Experience of working with, or advocating before European institutions, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe and OSCE.
  • Fluency both spoken and written in English. Candidates with fluency in Russian both spoken and written will be highly advantaged.
  • Ability to develop, plan and conduct research, by gathering and verifying information from a wide variety of sources
  • Ability to devise advocacy strategies based on research conducted
  • Proven experience in programme/project design, planning and delivery including monitoring impact and accurate monitoring of budgets;
  • Experience of working with local partners in the region including at a distance
  • Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team and to work in a flexible way
  • Good organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure, prioritise and adapt to meet deadlines and the needs of the team, and Secretariat;
  • Proven ability to write clearly and persuasively, based on thorough research and analysis, in a range of formats and for different audiences

 Desirable

  • Awareness of the needs and challenges of a volunteer membership in a membership organisation
  • Experience in developing fundraising project proposals.
  • Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is highly desirable.

Values

  • Interest in literature and writing.
  • Willingness to uphold the values of the Charter of PEN International.
  • Commitment to accountability, transparency and fairness.
  • Sensitivity to the particular challenges faced by those discriminated against on grounds of identity, including gender and social and economic deprivation.
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and cultural diversity and a willingness to apply this at work.

The post requires several weeks of travel each year.

 

Terms of Employment

  1. Salary
£29,000 – £38,000 gross salary per annum, pro rata, depending on experience and skills.

 

  1. Position

Nine month fixed term contract (maternity cover), based in London.

  1. Hours

35 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday, flexible working hours will be considered.

  1. Benefits and holidays

Benefits 19 days holiday – for nine months maternity cover, plus statutory holidays.

The successful candidate will join the PEN International pension scheme in compliance with Auto-enrolment legislation.

  1. Notice

One month during probationary period and one month thereafter

  1. Probationary Period

One month, subject to written confirmation

  1. Contract of Employment
  • The successful candidate has to be eligible to work in the UK and should be available to take up the post on 24th July 2017.

Nothing in the above constitutes an offer of employment or forms any part of any contract of employment.

 

Recruitment process

  • 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 EPC/PI/2017
  • Applications must be submitted by 09::00 hours GMT on Monday 3 July 2017.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the interview process including interview dates and times by 12th July 2017. It is likely that interviews will be held on the week commencing 17th July 2017.
  • Due to our limited resources we are only able to inform shortlisted candidates

 

PEN International is an equal opportunities employer