International Team Member
Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective International Team Member
Description of the Position
Join the Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective (SC) Program for a two-year term of service.
General Responsibilities of the International Team (IT) Member:
1. Designing Educational Programs: Plan and facilitate 10-day participatory, experiential educational programs for groups of 8 to 20 people from the US to see first-hand the impact of US policies in the country and the on-going and multiple strategies of resistance carried out by SC’s partner organizations there. Responsibilities include arranging logistics, providing interpretation, facilitating internal sessions to help delegates understand the impact of US policies, and motivating delegates to work for policy changes once they return to the US, while strengthening cross-border solidarity networks.
2. Making and Maintaining Contacts: The International Teams are currently based in El Progreso, Honduras; Bogotá, Colombia; and Havana, Cuba. A substantial amount of time is spent making and maintaining contact with community leaders, civil society groups, labor and environmental groups, and other NGOs, both in urban and rural areas. These contacts are vital in order to understand the political, economic and social situation, and serve as a basis for planning educational programs and documenting the effects of US policies in the country.
3. Journalistic Documentation: Team members investigate current events in the country as they relate to global economics and US policies, and write articles and short reports, as well as develop educational resources that bring attention to the impact of these policies. Documentation work is mainly articles/blog posts, fact sheets, short videos, and action alerts.
4. Human Rights Accompaniment (does not apply to Cuba): The International Teams respond to requests from our partner organizations for accompanying various movements and communities, which can include activities like observing marches, protests, assemblies, and other gatherings and documenting repression by security forces. It can also include spending stretches of time in various communities that are at high risk of facing repression.
5. Speaker Tours: In coordination with SC Regional Organizers in the US, identify speakers from your country site to travel to the US to speak about the impact of US policies. International Team members assist speakers with immigration processes and developing their presentation, and then accompany and interpret for the speaker tour throughout their time in the US.
6. Supporting Stateside Campaigns to Change US Policies: While organizing in the US is led by the SC Regional Organizers, IT members are called on to support these efforts through contact with returned delegates, designing educational materials, providing information for campaigns as well as contributing to the website and blog. International Team members participate in internal working groups within the Solidarity Collective and in some cases with external coalition partners.
7. Office Management: IT members administer the office, including finances, maintenance, and other tasks.
8. Fundraising and Participation in Organizational Decisions: IT members assist with fundraising for SC, as well as participate regularly on committees and in consensus decision-making in the organization.
Spanish and English fluency. Position requires reading, writing and interpretation of English to Spanish and Spanish to English. The majority of the work of the International Team occurs in Spanish.
Experience working with groups, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Highly independent, disciplined self-starter who takes initiative without a lot of oversight
Good writing skills, computer literacy
Willingness to travel regularly
Interest in taking part in organizational planning
Experience and/or interest in consensus decision making
Willingness to travel and/or live in sometimes high-security situations
Ability to provide language interpretation
Experience and interest in planning participatory educational programs for groups
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Commitment to the SC mission/vision and operating principles
Prior knowledge and experience with Latin American history and current political and social context
Prior experience providing English-Spanish and Spanish-English interpretation, facilitating delegations, and/or writing policy analysis
Prior knowledge and experience with global economics and US foreign policy, including economic and military policies, trade and labor issues
Benefits include a stipend ($366 per month), a room and board stipend, and all work-related transportation costs. After one year of service, volunteers receive a month off and a ticket home. After two years of service, volunteers receive a ticket home.
Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest organization possible, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and strongly encourages individuals from all backgrounds (including race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation) to apply. Persons of color are especially encouraged to apply. Contact Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.