Volunteer Leader: Ethiopia Country Specialist

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ORGANIZATION: Idealist.org

Recruiting Organization: Amnesty International USA - Grassroots Leadership & Engagement

Amnesty International USA is seeking a qualified volunteer Country Specialist to help monitor the human rights situation in Ethiopia and to mobilize action in response to developing needs to promote and protect human rights there.

The Ethiopia Country Specialist is part of a corps of volunteer leaders who serve as country experts and strategists for Amnesty International USA. These specialists serve as a link between Amnesty’s primary research staff based abroad and the members and staff of the US branch of the organization. Country Specialists develop a solid understanding of Amnesty International’s concerns in the target country, and may be called upon to represent the organization in relevant forums.

In collaboration with other volunteers and staff, Country Specialists develop action strategies designed to bring about positive change in the human rights situation in the target country. These strategies may involve rapid responses, media and social media engagement, US and foreign government advocacy, and collaboration with coalitions.

A range of qualifications are considered when recruiting new Country Specialists, including a candidate’s:

  • knowledge of the country/region
  • experience with grassroots campaigning and/or Amnesty International
  • interpersonal skills
  • ability to follow through on projects
  • familiarity with international human rights standards
  • language skills

Training is provided, and a two-year commitment is requested of all new Country Specialists. While the typical time commitment can vary, many of our volunteer specialists contribute an average of 5 hours per week. Although the position is unpaid, certain volunteer-related expenses are reimbursed.


Most of the work is conducted from the volunteer’s home via email or phone. Beyond the requirement that volunteers be based in the U.S., we are flexible regarding where exactly in the U.S. the specialist is based. Occasional travel, mostly within the United States, may be requested.

Other Countries and Openings:

We are also anticipating a need for additional specialists to focus on other African countries and other countries elsewhere. Individuals interested in possible Country/Thematic Specialist openings for countries other than that listed above should feel free to inquire at: r moore@aiusa.org

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Fee Amount: None

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