The Advocacy Project (AP) is looking for young professionals who relish a challenge, can adapt to a tough working environment, and are passionate about supporting community-based human rights advocates. AP has sent 146 Fellows to volunteer with community-based partners since the program began in 2003. Many have told us that the experience changed their lives.
AP is currently recruiting 24 peace fellows in the summer of 2010. Available positions:
1. Vital Voices - Cameroon
2. Vital Voices - Kenya
3. Vital Voices - South Africa
4. Vital Voices - Uganda
5. Vital Voices - Ghana
6. Chintan Environmental Action and Research Group - India
7. Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF) - Peru
8. Gulu Displaced Persons Union (GDPU) - Uganda
9. Undugu Society of Kenya - Kenya
10. Bosfam - Bosnia
11. World Peasants/Indigenous Organization (WPIO) - Uganda
12. The Jagaran Media Center (JMC) - Nepal
13. The Women's Reproductive Rights Program (WRRP) - Nepal
14. Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO) - Bangladesh
15. The Dženo Association - Czech Republic
16. The Kosova Women's Network's (KWN) - Kosovo
17. eHomemakers - Malaysia
18. The Democracy and Workers' Rights Center (DWRC) - Palestinian Territories
19. The Alternative Information Center (AIC) - Israel
20. The Nepal Social Development and People's Empowerment Center (NESPEC) - Nepal
21. Backward Society Education (BASE) - Nepal
22. Landmine Survivors Network Vietnam (LSN-Vietnam) - Vietnam
23. International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) - United Kingdom
24. The Coalition for Gun Control - Canada
All positions are fulltime (~40 hours/weeks), unpaid and will last for the duration of the summer (roughly 10-12 weeks, June-August), unless otherwise stated. All North American Fellows will be required to attend a training in Washington (late May). Once deployed in the field, Fellows will report to the director of their host organization as well as to the AP Fellowship Coordinator in Washington.
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Deadline for applications
Monday, March 15, 2010 (11:59 pm EST)
To apply for any of the positions listed below, please send your resume and cover letter by email to: email@example.com. Please list the position in the subject of your email. Applicants do not need to be US citizens or attend US-based universities. You may apply for more than one position, but please indicate in your cover letter your order of preference, explain why you are interested, and why you would be a good fit for the fellowship.
Goals and work plans
AP helps community-based organizations to produce and disseminate information, and to build a constituency of support at home and internationally. The 2010 Peace Fellows will help to jump-start this process.
* Most work plans will be determined by the host organization, and finalized with the Fellow on arrival. Most 2010 Fellows will go to organizations that have worked with AP before and are familiar with our model. All Fellows will produce at least one specific and measurable output that can be used by the partner in their advocacy.
* About ten Fellows will work on longer-term campaigns that are being jointly implemented by their host and AP. These campaigns will all have their own set of pages on the AP site by end-May.
* AP outputs: In addition to their primary assignment, All Fellows should be prepared to: a) produce a regular illustrated blog; b) work on the host's website (and track visits); c) manage the host's partner page on the AP website, with the aim of attracting new visitors to the partner's work; d) organize the host's Flickr and YouTube libraries; e) introduce the partner to social networking (including the production of a Facebook page or equivalent); f) train the partner's members in blogging and Twitter; g) produce one article for the local or online media, or a short research paper, for use by the partner.
* Training: AP staff will organize a training in Washington (mandatory for all North American Fellows) that will introduce Fellows to the work of their hosts, provide relevant skills training and cover practical issues (eg security). The training manual will be posted online by end-March.
* All Fellows will sign a written contract prior to departure. Any Fellow who breaks the agreement during their fellowship will be asked to leave the program immediately, after consultation with the AP Board. Their school will be notified.
* Communication: All Fellows must be contactable at all times while in the field.
* Financial: All direct costs will be covered by the Fellow. AP will help (eg with advice on online fundraising, and supporting grant applications). Many universities provide support to their students for internships abroad.
* Servicing and back-up: AP staff will provide round-the-clock support while Fellows are in the field.
* Follow-up: Many past Fellows have organized outreach events for their hosts on their return, and stay in touch long after their fellowships have ended. While this is not required, it is strongly encouraged and we will do what we can to support such outreach.
* Monitoring and evaluation: All Fellows will be asked to evaluate the AP training, report midway through their fellowship, and complete a questionnaire within two weeks of their return. These help us to update and improve the program. They also help Fellows to meet their own personal goals.
This program is targeted at graduate students who have professional experience and are mid-way through a Masters program. Given the challenging nature of the fellowships, we do not generally recruit undergraduates. But exceptions may be made, and we encourage undergraduates to apply if they have an appropriate skill or interest.
The Advocacy Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or other personal factors. However, given the highly sensitive nature of some of our positions, we must occasionally limit recruitment to women only. This may be due to cultural and security constraints or to psychological considerations for beneficiaries. We hope you understand