Volunteer Country Specialist

Amnesty International USA

About the organization

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 10 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We are funded by members and people like you. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope.


Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is seeking volunteer leaders to serve as country or issue experts and strategists in AIUSA’s Country and Thematic Specialist Program.

Country Specialists are part of a corps of volunteer leaders within a specific Coordination Group (Cogroup) who work closely with Amnesty International’s International Secretariat (IS), AIUSA staff, and others to advance human rights in a global sub-region.

This volunteer position is an exciting opportunity to contribute your human rights passion and expertise while leveraging and expanding your skills. You’ll get training and support by AIUSA and be part of a community of activists advancing human rights across the world.

Responsibilities Include:

Monitor political and human rights situation in assigned country(s).
Develop strategies to aid campaigning and crisis response on human rights concerns.
Help garner media coverage on focus area. Develop online presence and actions, utilizing social media and other tools.
Collaborate with Amnesty International staff and members on country advocacy with US and foreign government officials.
Collaborate with AI staff and members on campaigning to benefit prisoners of conscience and other individuals at risk. Provide support for individuals seeking asylum in the U.S.
Provide guidance on targets and tactics for AI groups' country focused human rights activities. Serve as speakers at events and help identify other relevant speakers.


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

Knowledge of the country/region or issue
Experience with grassroots campaigning and/or Amnesty International
Interpersonal skills
Ability to follow through on projects
Familiarity with international human rights standards
Language skills (preferred)


unpaid volunteer position

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply, please fill out AIUSA's Country and Thematic Specialist application (link above) and upload your resume and a brief letter of interest.

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