Volunteer Research & Advocacy Internship (London) multiple vacancies


CHRI is an independent, non-partisan, international non-governmental organization working for the practical realisation of human rights for the people of the Commonwealth. We believe that the promotion and protection of human rights is the responsibility of governments but that the active informed participation of civil society is also vital to ensuring rule of law and the realisation of human rights.

CHRI has offices in London, Ghana, and New Delhi. Our work is based on strong research, and dissemination of information to both civil society and governments. Policy level dialogue, capacity building of stakeholders, and broad public education are standard activities

The opportunity

An exciting opportunity to gain work experience in human rights for an established international NGO and to contribute to research and advocacy work focused on SDG 8.7 - contemporary forms of slavery. This work follows on from our major Commonwealth wide report on SDG8.7, launched at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

This internship is unlike any other; the successful candidates will be working directly with a Sr. Officer, Research and Advocacy as part of one of our two programme teams delivering high profile research and advocacy agenda.  The teams located across geographies and time zones; all working remotely. This is a unique set up that provides interns with the opportunity to own and lead their own work streams as well as a supportive team environment while doing substantive work - no one is going to ask you to bring them coffee!

We offer experience working on a global human rights issue. No day will be like the next, but key responsibilities include:

  • Research - mostly desk-based but with some opportunity for primary data collection
  • Collaborate in the analysis and drafting of research and advocacy documents
  • Producing a daily human rights newsletter in collaboration with the other team members
  • Social media and website management
  • Administrative tasks such as information management, liaising with partners and funders, etc.

Volunteers work on a flexible basis, but we are looking for someone able to commit 2/3 days a week for for a minimum of 3 months.

Qualifications and skills

  • Recent volunteer interns have been post-graduate students in International Relations, Human Rights, International Development, Political Science.
  • Experience conducting desk-based research and a strong understanding of research methodologies and analysis.
  • Understanding of digital technologies and social media.
  • The Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate a high degree of personal responsibility for their work and the ability to manage their own time and workload. Showing initiative is a key factor for success in this role.

To Apply

Please send your CV, and a personal statement of no more than 500 words to dpwhite@humanrightsinitiative.org Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

CHRI adheres to all Equality and Diversity guidelines.