Monday, 27 June 2016

Freedom House Intern/Volunteer Opportunity 2016

Freedom House is a nongovernmental human rights organisation based in Washington, DC, with a regional office for southern Africa based in Johannesburg.

Through the Justice as a Right in Southern Africa (JARSA) programme, Freedom House seeks to strengthen the rule of law, protect human rights, and promote social cohesion in the SADC region.

As part of this work, Freedom House will implement a series of activities in support of the three objectives above. This work will involve cooperation with political parties and civil society to ensure that representatives play as informed and active a role as possible in promoting debate and dialogue around human rights and social cohesion.

Freedom House seeks to appoint an Intern/Volunteer, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This is a fulltime internship/volunteership position for six months.

The level of effort provided for under this internship is five full working days per month, or forty working hours per month.

This internship/volunteership will run from July 2016 to January 2017.

  • Maintain regular communication with the JARSA Project Director at Freedom House, keeping him regularly updated on developments related to the human rights and social cohesion in Botswana, Namibia and the SADC region
  • Maintain good relations with local partners and communicate with them on behalf of Freedom House as required
  • Secure appointments for meetings between Freedom House staff, Freedom House consultants and local partners in Botswana and Namibia
  • Source quotations for the provision of services in Botswana and Namibia, including conference venues, accommodation, ground transport, refreshments, production of materials and any other ancillary services required for the successful completion of project activities
  • Conduct site visits to training venues and places where Freedom House will accommodate staff, consultants or participants
  • On behalf of Freedom House, follow up on our requests for information or documentation with local partners and provide guidance to organizations in the completion of administrative requirements for signing sub grants with Freedom House
  • When required, prepare succinct meeting minutes reports from activities and workshops
  • Conduct other administrative tasks as required to ensure the success of activities
  • Hold a university degree (BA equivalent or higher) in law, political science, social sciences or a related field
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of local Botswana and Namibian languages will be considered an advantage
  • Demonstrated experience of working for governmental, international, nongovernmental or parliamentary organisations in one or more of the following areas: legal reform, human rights promotion, good governance, public administration reform, public outreach and advocacy campaigns, communications
  • Understanding of the political systems of Botswana and Namibia
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and on his or her own initiative
Opportunity closing date:  Friday, 18 July, 2016

To apply, submit a CV and one page motivation letter to Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

For more about Freedom House, refer to

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