PBI International Office is looking for an Administration and Communications Volunteer Oct 2016 – March 2017



1. Main purpose of the role

To provide effective communication and administrative support to the PBI International Office.

2. Position in the organisation

This is an unpaid position. The volunteer will report to and be supported by the ISEC Administrator.  The volunteer will work one day per week in the International Office at the address below.

3. Place of work

International Office, 6th Floor, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4LT.  This office is fully accessible.

4. Organisation overview

Peace Brigades International (PBI) is a non-governmental organisation, which protects human rights and promotes nonviolent conflict transformation through protective accompaniment, peace education, and independent observation. Set up in 1981, PBI provides protection for threatened human rights defenders and displaced communities striving to promote social justice and human rights in areas of violent conflict.  PBI currently has projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and Nepal. 

The functions of the International Office include co-ordination, strategy, communication, financial management, legal oversight, organisational development and project support.

5. Scope of the role

The main area of responsibility of the volunteer will be assisting with communications and administration in the International Office.  The position would be ideal for someone who is interested in social media and general support to a small but busy INGO office and seeking experience in the area.  We are especially interested in those candidates who also have a demonstrable interest in the field of human rights.  The successful candidate will work as part of our international office team and assist with general administration and online communication tasks that will include contributing to our social media presence and smooth running of the office.  Dependent on the interests and skills of the volunteer, they may also be asked to assist in other areas of the work of the international office.

6. Primary tasks

Administration will include:

  • Financial administration – including assisting the ISEC Administrator with day-to-day checking of expense claim forms and invoices, generating payments and maintaining documentation files to audit standards
  • Donor reporting tasks – process of expenditure reporting for large grants

Communications can include:

  • Regular update of the Facebook and Twitter pages
  • Contributing to the international pages of PBI’s website
  • Communicating with PBI’s field projects for information and material updates

7. What we can offer

  • Experience in general administrative and communications procedures necessary for an international NGO.
  • An opportunity to gain an understanding of PBI’s philosophy, mandate and internal functioning and how this is put into practice in our work
  • PBI will pay lunch and travel expenses for the day the volunteer comes to work in the office




  • Highly organised individual able to plan, prioritise and work to tight deadlines both individually and as part of a team
  • Experienced in online communications and social media (ideally for an organisation)
  • Excellent spoken and written English (Spanish desirable)
  • Proficient in the use of Word, Excel, and email
  • Willingness to be adaptable to changing needs of office administration
  • Understanding of human rights
  • Able to commit to six months working October 2016 to March 2017 (extension possible)
  • Able to start ideally week beginning 3rd October


To apply send CV and an explanation of why you would be interested in the work to:

Polyxeni Kallini: T: 020 7065 0775 | Email: admin[at]peacebrigades.org

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.  We regret that we will not be able to respond to unsuccessful candidates.


Deadline:            Monday 26th September 2016

Interviews:         Friday 30th September 2016