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Programme Assistant (volunteer) for Amnesty International’s Police and Human Rights Programme

Amnesty International works for human rights, who campaigns for freedom, equality and justice. Amnesty conducts research, generates action and supports human rights defenders worldwide. That is why we look for colleagues who embrace diversity and inclusion. In the Netherlands, the organization has over 250.000 members and donors. The Amsterdam office employs 120 paid staff and 60 volunteers.

We are recruiting a Programme Assistant (volunteer) for Amnesty International’s Police and Human Rights Programme (PHRP) for 8 – 12 hours per week.

Vacant position

Amnesty International regularly analyzes and reports on human rights violations in the course of police work around the world. Excessive use of force and firearms, arbitrary arrest and detention, ill-treatment and torture, are only a few of Amnesty International’s concerns in this regard. While acknowledging the huge challenges law enforcement officials are facing in their daily work, including important risks for their own health and life, it is Amnesty International’s strong belief that it is possible to carry out good and efficient policing in full compliance with (international and national) human rights laws and standards – and fortunately this is also demonstrated at many occasions in many countries around the world. It is not within Amnesty International’s role to provide for operational advice to police forces on how to do the job. Such decisions remain of the exclusive responsibility of the relevant authorities. However, in reports and other publications it strives as much as possible to provide constructive recommendations on possible options relating to better human rights compliance, including policing related legislation and procedures, precautionary measures, training, accountability mechanisms etc.


The role of the PHRP of the Dutch section of Amnesty International is to provide technical expertise and advice to AI colleagues around the world and eventually other human rights organizations on policing related issues. In that endeavor, PHRP produces on a regular basis short papers on specific subjects that provide for an analysis of the relevant human rights issues and concerns, summarize the fundamental human rights rules and standards applicable, identify good practices that have proven to contribute to better human rights compliance and that provide advice for Amnesty International staff and members as well as for other human rights organizations in relation to future research work and possible recommendations. PHRP holds several international meetings on policing and human rights issues (e.g. use of force, assemblies), as well as delivers trainings on policing and human rights to the Amnesty movement in order to advice on possible key messages and lobbying activities.


• Provide administrative and organizational support to the organization of PHRP’s workshops, trainings and expert meetings with Amnesty International entities and other international and national organizations, bodies and commissions on the subject.
• Provide various support to the daily work of PHRP staff.
• Update on a regular basis our online tool on relevant documents related to policing and human rights: http://policehumanrightsresources.org/
• Carry out smaller ad hoc research tasks.

Your profile

• HBO/University level
• Strong organizational skills, experience in organizing workshops, training and expert meetings.
• Fluent in oral and written English and knowledge of Dutch. Other languages are an
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing priorities and organizing his/her time accordingly.
• Ability to provide for quality work within strict deadlines.
• A diversity of colleagues who differ in philosophy of life, religion, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, occupational limitations and educational background is important to you. We are particularly interested in candidates with a migration background. Amnesty has signed the Dutch Diversity

Amnesty offers

A useful and instructive function in a pleasant working atmosphere, where you are present at the Amnesty office in Amsterdam for 8 – 12 hours a week. We are looking for a minimum commitment of 6 months, while commitment beyond 6 months is desirable. You get a mentor who guides you through your activities and development. All arrangements for volunteers are laid down in the Volunteer handbook for the National Secretariat, such as travel allowance, WA / Accident insurance, and a free lunch. Starting date: as soon as possible.


For more information, please contact Daniela Grosche, Programme Officer Police and Human Rights, tel.: 020-7733521. Please apply before Monday, November 11th, 2019 with a letter of motivation plus updated Curriculum Vitae by using the form below.

Note: canvassing in response to this vacancy note is not welcome.