Research and Communications Intern (x2) at ABColombia

ABColombia is looking for a dynamic research and communications intern to work on issues related to human rights and development as part of the ABColombia team.  We are looking for a person with a degree in human rights, development or related subject, who is fluent in English and Spanish, and can work well in a small team. 

As an intern you would assist with carrying out research for the production of reports (including on the topics of mining and human rights defenders), editing the website and other communications work, and the logistical planning and organisation of public events and meetings in the UK.  In addition, you would be required to help manage information, carry out communications work, and administration tasks.  

About ABColombia 

ABColombia is the advocacy project of a group of five leading UK and Irish organisations with programmes in Colombia: CAFOD, Christian Aid UKI, Oxfam GB, SCIAF and Trócaire.  Amnesty International and Peace Brigades International are observer members.  

Founded in 1997 to work on the question of forced internal displacement, it has since expanded its mandate to cover human rights and development.  ABColombia’s purpose is to influence decision makers in the UK and Ireland and, through them, European level decision making - with a view to resolving the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Colombia and achieve a lasting peace and equitable and sustainable development.  ABColombia’s thematic areas of work are: Natural resources access and control; Land and territory; Conflict transformation and peace building; Women and conflict-related sexual violence; and Protection of defenders and their working space.  For further information about our work please visit our website:  

Tasks and Responsibilities 

  • Assist with the research and production of reports. 
  • Provide logistical support in the organisation of events. 
  • Assist in the publicity of events. 
  • Assist in drafting texts for ABColombia’s communications and advocacy work. 
  • Assist in maintaining up to date research on the situation of human rights in Colombia. 
  • Read, monitor, filter and manage incoming information and news on Colombia in Working for Peace and Human Rights in Colombia Trabajando por la Paz y los Derechos Humanos en Colombia English and Spanish. 
  • Provide logistical support for visits to UK by representatives of Colombian civil society. 
  • Respond to general enquiries about Colombia and the work of the ABColombia Group. 
  • Support the implementation of ABColombia’s social media strategy. 
  • Carry out on-going administrative tasks. 
  • Use and contribute to ABColombia office systems, including paper and computer filing systems. 
  • Provide other support to ABColombia where appropriate and agreed. 

Skills Needed 

  • Ability to read and summarise information quickly from a variety of sources (in English or Spanish). 
  • Research and organisational skills. 
  • Good verbal and written communications skills in English and Spanish. 
  • Self-motivated, and able to work independently while functioning well as a member of a small team.
  • Experience of using social media (desirable). 
  • Educated to degree level.
  • Excellent time keeping.
  • Demonstrable understanding of human rights and development issues.


  • Must be in sympathy with the aims of the ABColombia Group. 
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 6 months working 2 or 3 days a week. 

This is an unpaid position based in our office near Waterloo in London.  ABColombia will refund lunch and local travel up to a maximum of £10 per day.  Any additional travel associated with the project will also be covered - provided it is agreed ahead of time. 

How to apply 

Please send a CV and one page covering letter detailing your suitability for the role to Laura Ouseley, Information and Communications Officer, [email protected] by 5 July 2015.  Please include ‘Research and Communications Internship’ in the subject line.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a short interview provisionally to be held during the week of 13 July.  The internship is likely to start in mid August (possibly with an induction in late July).

Job title: Research and Communications Intern (x2 positions)

Location: London

Deadline: 5 July 2015