HEAD OF ADVOCACY

APPLICATIONS OPENING: 7.5.2021 - 7.6.2021

Whether it is a demonstration, a cultural project, art, music or journalism, you are always eager to voice social injustices and bring more and more people on board with the idea that everyone can contribute to the advocacy and protection of Human Rights. Were you reading and thinking "Oh, but that's just me"? Well, then you are just the right fit for the position of Head of Advocacy! 

Let's state one clear thing: you don't need to be a law student to understand the consequences of Human Rights violations. You can be a psychology student concerned with the emotional trauma of domestic abuse, human trafficking and non-discrimination. You can be a business major, eager to use your ideas for social entrepreneurship focused on empowerment of victims of Human Rights violations. You can be a Political Sciences student, interested in making policy-making more Human Rights centred. Whoever you are, you want to raise awareness with art, music, cultural projects, organise webinars and workshops, coordinate advocacy activities with other student associations and our partner human rights NGOs. 

CHARACTERISTICS & OPPORTUNITIES

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

As Head of the Advocacy Committee, you will actively network with representatives of our partner organisations, Human Rights professionals and other student associations committed to make Human Rights the agenda of tomorrow. 

TEAMWORK

As Head, you will get first-hand experience in leading in a small team & ensuring team spirit to reach the Team's goals. Plus, you will create new friendships with students from different countries and backgrounds!

INSPIRING FRIENDS

In INTERNaction, you can meet and bond with inspiring people that are intrinsically passionate and motivated to always learn and make a change in Human Rights. 

SOCIAL IMPACT

As Head of Advocacy, you are involved with an early social non-profit start-up and actively contribute to the development of INTERNaction. You make a positive change within the university as part of an organisation nominated for the UM Student Award 2020!

EXPERIENCE & SKILLS 

As Head of the Advocacy Committee, you will engage with your creativity and use it for Human Rights activism. You will develop public speaking, journalism writing, networking, leadership and soft interpersonal skills. These will make you an asset candidate for future jobs openings in Human Rights and beyond. 

HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK

As Head of Advocacy, you are the one raising awareness and influence fellow students to take a stand in Human Rights activism. What we envision is shaping the future young leaders of tomorrow for a long-lasting change center around Human Rights protection. And this will start with you!

YOUR ROLE

APPLY IF YOU:

  • Are a Bachelor/ Master student of Maastricht University for the school year 2021/2022 (it does not matter from which faculty you are);

  • Are committed to advance and protect Human Rights in your life and you believe that everyone can contribute to social justice;

  • Value transparency, honesty, respect, accountability and empathy;

  • You are all about using your creativity, funky/artsy character and network of friends to raise awareness about Human Rights and engage in daily activism;

  • Can motivate and inspire a team, value teamwork and achieving goals together with others; and

  • Are willing to dedicate your free time to our cause.

 

ADDITIONAL ASSETS (not obligatory, apply even if you don't have these!)​:

  • Prior experience with leading a (small) team;

  • Prior experience with activism and Human Rights leadership;

  • Prior experience with awareness and cultural projects.

 

WEEKLY WORKLOAD: 15 h / Week

  • As Head, you should be consistent in managing the Committee and ensure the achievement of the yearly goals. You should be able to prepare and lead weekly Committee meetings (approximately 3h prep + 1.30h of meeting). You should be flexible to coordinate with other stakeholders in activism and advocacy activities;

  • As an INTERNaction member, you will have the opportunity to bond with all the active members of the other Committees during a monthly plenary meeting where we play games and hang out together(1.5h every first Thursday of the month);

  • As Head, you are automatically a Board member with the other three Heads and the President of INTERNaction. This means you will participate in weekly Board meetings (1h prep + 2h of meeting) and your input will first-hand affect the direction of INTERNaction in the long run. You will be the one taking strategic decisions. Exciting, isn't it?

YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR:​ 

As the Head of the Advocacy Committee:

  • Preparing and leading the weekly Committee meetings, organising and supervising the work amongst different members, ensuring team spirit, unity and accountability of members;

  • Coordinating with other student associations activism and advocacy events;

  • Collaborating with our partner organisations on Human Rights campaigns and interviews about their work and core activities;

  • Planning workshops in collaboration with Human Rights professionals and our partner organisations on the theme “Pursuing a career in Human Rights”;

  • Coordinating with the Head of Public Relations the social media content for Human Rights advocacy purposes;

  • Managing the INTERNaction Blog with weekly Human Rights & Development related articles, insights from our members and open call for submissions of articles to the Community;

  • Organizing webinars, summits and conferences to raise awareness about topical Human Rights violations.

As the member of the Board:

  • Being accountable to the Board, being proactive within the Board and actively contributing to decisions on the direction of INTERNaction;

  • Determining INTERNaction’s and Committee’s strategies for the academic year and ensuring their successful completion;

  • Application and Selection procedure of the new Committee members;

  • Application and pre-selection procedure for the new Board 2022/2023 and their training.

 

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