Research and Advocacy Volunteer

Contract: Volunteer
Duration: 6 months
Location: London
Salary:  Unpaid (we can contribute towards reasonable travel and lunch expenses)
Job Ref: VA 217

Freedom from Torture is the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment of survivors of torture.

Torturers attempt to silence and break people. We help survivors to find their voices again and rebuild their lives in the safety of the UK.

Our team of dedicated professionals provide direct support to survivors including psychological therapy, physical health services, legal and welfare support, and expert medical reports for use in survivors' asylum claims. We also support other providers to deliver high quality rehabilitation services to survivors.

We campaign for national and global change, using evidence from our services and survivor voices to protect and promote survivors' rights and hold torturing states to account. We are proud to play a significant role in the global anti-torture movement. Survivors, active and empowered, are at the centre of all of our work.

None of this can happen without our vibrant community of supporters who help to create this change.

Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers – as well as thousands of passionate supporters and funders – thousands of torture survivors have been able to rebuild their lives in incredibly difficult circumstances.

Volunteer roles in the Policy and Advocacy Directorate are an opportunity to learn how large human rights NGOs develop and deliver their research, policy and advocacy agendas, whilst also contributing to the generation of evidence-based policy on torture survivors specifically. Please note that a graduate or post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (or enrolment in a relevant university course) and fluency in French are essential prerequisites for this role.

Our internships are voluntary (unpaid) however, we are able to reimburse lunch and reasonable travel expenses within London.

Previous interns have especially valued:

  • learning about torture, the rights of torture survivors and the UK’s asylum system;
  • gaining experience of how research, policy and advocacy strategies are developed and implemented by NGOs;
  • learning about how different research methods are used in a policy context and undertaking a variety of research alongside our research staff;
  • attending external meetings relating to human rights and refugee protection issues; and
  • a supportive working environment.

To view the Role Description and Person Specification, please click this link volunteer November 2018.docx

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Jo Pettitt on 020 7697 7803

Please note CV and cover letter addressing the Role Description and Spec of the post are mandatory to be considered for this vacancy.

Closing date:  10th  December 2018
Expected date of interviews: 17th December 2018

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