INTERIGHTS Seeking Volunteer, Right to Education in Africa

Application deadline: 15 January 2012

Established in 1982, INTERIGHTS works to promote respect for human rights through the use of law. This is achieved this through a range of activities: strategic litigation through co-representation, legal support to applicants and third party interventions before international, regional, and national human rights courts and bodies; advising lawyers on the use of international and comparative human rights law before their domestic courts; building capacity through litigation partnerships, targeted training activities and internships, and through the dissemination of legal information. Thematically, the priorities
are equality, security and the rule of law (including counter-terrorism), and economic and social rights (ESR). INTERIGHTS currently focuses its activities in Africa, the Commonwealth, Europe, the Middle East and North  Africa.

Volunteers provide valuable legal research and drafting assistance to lawyers, helping with the preparation of legal briefs, training materials and publications on human rights.

This volunteer placement is for two months. This is an unpaid position but the organization will reimburse out of pocket expenses of a travel card zone 1-6 and up to £5 a day for lunch. Volunteers are required to provide receipts to claim these expenses.


  • Law qualification
  • Experience of working in the human rights sector in Africa
  • Experience or knowledge  of working on economic and social rights (ESR) issues
  • Sophisticated understanding of issues and legal standards related to the protection from right to education violations
  • Strong research, analytical and writing skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Demonstrable an interest in international human rights law
  • Have the right to work in the UK or successfully obtain a sponsorship certificate
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office
  • Demonstrable ability to produce high quality work products
  • Sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment and commitment to equal
  • Commitment to the values and mission of INTERIGHTS


  • Extensive experience in litigating before domestic and/or regional courts in Africa
  • Connections with organisations focusing on ESR in the region / internationally
  • Familiarity with international human rights standards and mechanisms
  • Familiarity with  regional and  international standards on ESR
  • Previous experience of working in an NGO setting
  • Working knowledge of French

To apply, please email your cover letter, curriculum vitae, equal opportunities and diversity monitoring form (can be downloaded) and an unedited writing sample of no more than 2,000 words by 15 January 2012. Please ensure that you put “Volunteer, Right to Education in Africa” in the subject line of the email.

INTERIGHTS will only contact shortlisted candidates.