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Israel / Occupied Territories / Palestine (State of) Co-group Country Coordinator

    Location: Anywhere in Canada
    Position open to: Amnesty members and non-members
    Time commitment: 5-10 hours/week
    Duration of appointment: 2 year term; renewable

    Amnesty International Canada (English Section) is seeking a volunteer Country Coordinator to help
    monitor and mobilize action in response to the human rights situation in Israel / Occupied Territories /
    Palestine (State of) to promote and protect human rights.

    The candidate will serve as an official spokesperson of Amnesty International Canada’s IOTP co-group
    and play a key role in the development and implementation of campaigns, in addition to crafting
    action plans for members, supporters and activists across the country.

    Amnesty Canada’s IOTP Co-Group is part of a corps of volunteer leaders who serve as country or issue
    experts and strategists for Amnesty International Canada. These specialists serve as a link between
    Amnesty’s primary research staff based abroad and the members and staff of the Canadian branch of
    the organization. They must develop a solid understanding of Amnesty International’s concerns in the
    target country or issue.

    In collaboration with Amnesty’s research staff in East Jerusalem, Amnesty Canada staff and other
    volunteers across the country, the IOTP Co-group develops action strategies designed to bring about
    positive change in the human rights situation in the IOTP region and awareness across Canada. These
    strategies involve rapid responses, media and social media engagement, Canadian and foreign
    government advocacy and collaboration with coalitions.

    Most of the work will be conducted from your home via email or phone. Occasional travel, mostly
    within Canada, may be requested. Although the position is unpaid, certain volunteer-related expenses
    are reimbursed.

    QUALITIES

    • Creative self-starter, forward-thinker who demonstrates a sense of urgency with strong time
    • management skills.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism in the face of pressure.
    • Strong project management skills to build and manage successful social campaigns from
    • scratch.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Monitor the political and human rights situation in Israel / Occupied Territories / Palestine (State of) while supporting the implementation of Amnesty’s IOTP advocacy strategy.
    • Communicate priority IOTP advocacy objectives to Amnesty Canada staff and help develop programme-specific advocacy strategies.
    • Support the organization of key advocacy opportunities and events.
    • Draft and support the development of advocacy materials (e.g. infographics, social media posts, blog posts and thematic papers).
    • Develop strategies to aid campaigning and crisis response.
    • Develop contacts with diaspora communities and relevant organizations.
    • Maintain and grow action networks.
    • Garner media coverage.
    • Develop online presence and actions using social media and other tools.
    • Work with AI volunteers/staff on solidarity actions benefiting human rights defenders, prisoners of conscience and other individuals at risk.
    • Provide guidance on targets and tactics for Amnesty groups’ human rights activities.
    • Serve as a speaker at events and help identify other speakers.
    • Collaborate with Amnesty Canada branch staff and the Secretary General on advocacy with Canadian and foreign government officials.
    • Review pertinent Amnesty Canada materials for accuracy and appropriateness.

    EXPERIENCE

    • Have knowledge (or be able to quickly acquire knowledge) of International Human Rights Standards as well as the aims and working methods of Amnesty International.
    • Have knowledge (or willingness to acquire knowledge) of the history and human rights situation in Israel / Occupied Territories / Palestine (State of).
    • Have minimum of 3 years experience working in advocacy on humanitarian issues, refugee rights, human rights and/or development issues.
    • Have experience with advocacy work including lobbying, policy development and information provision in humanitarian issues.
    • Possess excellent spoken and written communication skills in English. Arabic, Hebrew and French language skills (written and spoken) are highly desirable.
    • Have demonstrated experience in social media coordination (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and graphic design / web design skills (Canva, Adobe Photoshop, Wordpress).

    TO APPLY

    Send a CV and cover letter to andrea.amnesty@gmail.com with “Amnesty IOTP Coordinator” in the subject line. Let us know why you’re interested in the position and how you feel your strengths can help Amnesty Canada’s IOTP Co-group bring about change.

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