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Dublin International Advocacy Volunteer

Human Rights/Justice

Dublin International Advocacy Volunteer

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain


At a Glance

  • Start Date:22/07/2019
  • End Date:31/12/2019
  • Closing date:Ongoing
  • Post Updated:24/07/2019
  • Min Hours:Full time - 40 hours/week
  • Role Type:Research/Policy work

Requirements:Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English and based in Dublin


Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is seeking creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working applicants for a full-time six month Advocacy Volunteer-ship, starting in July/August 2019, based in Dublin, Ireland. We are happy to work with students seeking academic course credit for their work. This is a remote, unpaid position that reports directly to the Executive Director.


Through this program, volunteers can expect to gain valuable hands-on advocacy experience, domestic and international. Domestically, volunteers will advocate for Ireland to take a stronger unilateral stance towards abuses in the Arab Gulf in its foreign policy. Volunteers will push for Ireland to adopt a stronger multilateral stance towards abuses in the Arab Gulf through increased engagement at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. They will engage with members of the Irish parliament, the Senate and the Oireachtas, as well as non-governmental organizations. Volunteers will learn how to request and prepare for meetings with policy makers and civil society organizations. In learning how to conduct the meetings, volunteers will develop talking points and create tailored briefing documents for dissemination with policy makers. In supporting their advocacy work, volunteers will draft blogs and dispatches addressing important issues concerning human rights in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf as well as Ireland’s relation to the Arab Gulf. Through supporting ADHRB’s Geneva work through advocacy in Dublin, volunteers will learn about the United Nations Human Rights Council and the mechanisms of the UN, as well as the broader international approach to rights abuses in the region.



Volunteers will:

  • Research human rights crises and issues in the Arab Gulf region and their relations to the international human rights legal framework;
  • Draft policy papers and advocacy letters to the Irish parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support ADHRB’s mission;
  • Assist in ADHRB’s preparations for engaging with the United Nations Human Rights Council;
  • Attend and report on events, briefings, and other relevant meetings in the Irish parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs during legislative and parliamentary sessions;
  • Attend meetings with international and national actors, including NGOs, to discuss human rights in Bahrain;
  • Attend meetings with policymakers to discuss human rights in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf region;
  • Organize events and panels at local universities and in parliament to brief policymakers, NGO partners, and members of the public;
  • Strengthen national NGO partnerships through regular coordination and cooperation;
  • Support social media activities and provide administrative support where needed.


Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a graduate program and have an undergraduate degree in Political Science, International Relations, Law, or a related field with:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Motivation, strong organizational skills, and ability to be self-starting;
  • Proficiency at Microsoft Office and social media platforms, in particular Twitter;
  • An interest in the Middle East and North Africa, or democracy and human rights promotion;
  • Ability to commit full-time – up to 40 hours per week.


Languages and Location

  • Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Candidates must be based in Dublin.


How to apply

For more information about ADHRB, see


Interested in the position?


Please send us your CV and cover letter in PDF format named SURNAME_Name_CV-CL to with subject line European Advocacy Volunteer.

Is training provided?: Yes

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Full time: 40 hours-a-week

Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
CV and an interview.


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Husain Abdulla

Address: Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, 1001 Connecticut Ave NW


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