Global Human Rights Researcher (Volunteer)

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27 Jun 2018

Asylos is looking for a volunteer researcher for its Global team.

NB: Unpaid volunteering position

Asylos is a network of volunteer researchers providing on demand background research to support asylum claims. The research concerns the situation in the country of origin of the asylum seeker or other facts relating to an individual asylum claim. In many countries, legal aid provided for asylum seekers is limited. Lawyers can’t devote sufficient time to researching information which may substantiate asylum requests in court. Asylos volunteers look for information that can help to establish whether forcing a refugee to return to his/her country of origin or transit would threaten his/her life or deny fundamental human and civil rights.

Asylos is looking for a researcher for its GLOBAL research team. The volunteer researcher will conduct research to support asylum seekers coming from around the world, focusing on areas not covered by our regional teams. This entails looking into security situations, human rights violations and any other facts that will support an asylum seeker in proving his/her need for protection. The researcher will have to commit up to two hours per week and will work in close cooperation with the other team members and team coordinators, sharing best practices and feedback.

Your profile:

  • Strong research skills and an experience in academic research (or in country-of-origin information research)
  • A strong interest in and knowledge of a specific region of the world; Central/East Asia, South America, or the Balkan states are particularly welcome
  • Native or excellent level of English and one other European language, e.g. French or Spanish
  • Knowledge of another national or minority language of the region will be an asset
  • An interest in leveraging social media for research
  • A willingness to use online collaboration tools
  • A strong commitment to meet tight deadlines
  • At least three years of university‐level studies or equivalent professional experience; law, politics or international relations are an excellent preparation.

What we offer:

  • An opportunity to help change the lives of asylum seekers and get involved in a dynamic project with a small but fast-growing organisation
  • An international network of highly qualified and motivated volunteers with meetings in London, Berlin, Brussels and Paris
  • An inclusive working atmosphere with room for taking initiative and proposing new projects
  • Training in using social media analysis and other research techniques
  • Participation in Asylos’ annual network meeting

To apply, please send your CV and a short letter of motivation to - mentioning where you found our advertisement.

For more information on Asylos, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter (@asylos_) and Facebook. 

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