The U.S. Office on Colombia (USOC) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that educates U.S. policymakers and other critical decision makers on the impact of their policies and actions on the daily life of Colombian people and advocates for positive changes in these policies. USOC also mobilizes U.S. policymakers, civil society and the media to promote human rights, sustainable peace, equality and dignity for all Colombians. USOC works closely with our Colombian partners, striving to ensure their voices are heard by decision makers and civil society.
USOC offers an unpaid graduate-level fellowship to an independent and motivated individual with experience in Colombia or US/Colombia relations. The Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the programmatic work of the office. Current focus areas are human rights defenders, impunity for human rights violations, land rights, and the search for a sustainable peace in Colombia. The Fellow will be responsible for research and co-authoring of publications, delegation organization and communications and outreach. The Fellow may also be invited to aid in advocacy efforts with the US Congress and Administration.
Capacity to work independently and take initiative Whilst the Fellow will be supervised, he/she will often be given the opportunity to develop tasks on his/her own. Candidates should flourish in such an environment.
Organization Candidates must be able to manage and prioritize a series of different tasks.
Spanish fluency Full working knowledge of Spanish and English is a requirement
Writing skills/communications experience We value both traditional and social media experience and the ability to communicate ideas clearly and thoughtfully among a variety of different formats from Congressional memos to OpEds to full-length reports.
Commitment to human rights Experience with human rights organizations, social movements or social justice advocacy is a plus
Professional, positive attitude The Fellow may have to represent the office at various functions and must reflect the same level of professionalism as permanent staff
Hours are negotiable, but preference goes to candidates available for at least 16 hours a week.
How to Apply
Send a resume, cover letter and a brief (3-5 page) writing sample to Dana Brown, Executive Director at dana(at)usofficeoncolombia.org
The cover letter should include:
An acknowledgement that the Fellowship is unpaid
Dates of availability
A brief summary of how you meet the qualifications noted above
Application deadline: August 31, 2012
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org