Do you want to become a field volunteer with the PBI Honduras team?
The Peace Brigades International Honduras Project is looking for field volunteers to join the team in Honduras // The next training/selection week will be held virtually in November 2022
How to apply:
To begin the training and selection process you must comply with the requirements listed below, complete the general application form and request that two references (from the NGO sector, academic field, work experience, or acquaintances in your life) complete the reference form and send the document to firstname.lastname@example.org before 4 June 2022.
Want to gain a little more insight into the life of a field volunteer? Register here for the PBI Training Day on May 21 in Utrecht.
• Working proficiency in Spanish
• Previous experience working/volunteering in a human rights NGO, co-op, grassroots or community-based organisation
• Commitment to at least 12 months of field work
• Commitment to work following the principles of nonviolence, non-interference and non-partisanship
• Ability to work in a horizontal structure where decisions are made through consensus.
• Experience working and living in groups, especially in stressful situations
• Computer skills: databases, word processors, and email
• Availability to participate in the training and selection process
• Personal reflection about what motivates you to work with PBI in Honduras
We also value:
• Knowledge of the history and current situation of Honduras
• Knowledge in the area of human rights
• Ability to conduct political analysis
• Experience in advocacy with authorities, campaigns, communications, negotiation, etc.
• Experience in research and information management
• Experience using consensus decision making
• Sensitivity and critical reflection towards privilege, inequality and oppression with a historical perspective
• Commitment to gender equality and respect for diversity and minorities
• Experience of working with PBI, such as with a national group in your country of residence
• Minimum age of 25 years old (See a note on our policies around age discrimination below)
Due to the nature of the work, volunteers should be able to adapt to diverse contexts as dictated by the political and social context of the country and the mandate and principles of PBI in Honduras. Volunteers should also have the ability to communicate and interact positively with other people and a high level of self-reflection that allow for strategies to manage stress.
Important dates in the training and selection process:
• Application and references: 9 May – 4 June
• Interviews: June-July
• Online self-training: August, September and October
• Training week: Second week of November 2022 (exact dates TBC). The training week will be held virtually and will last approximately one week. Participation is obligatory.
If you join the PBI Honduras team, we offer you:
• A specialised training process, based on more than 30 years of experience developing methodologies of international accompaniment.
• We cover the following costs: Round trip ticket to Honduras, accommodation and medical insurance, economic support of approximately $220 USD per month for personal costs, and a repatriation once you have finished your contract
• The experience of living and working with a group of volunteers in an international human rights organisation.
How can you start?
• Review the documentation available on the internet on the work of the field volunteers and the training processes
• Contact the Training Team of PBI Honduras and let them know you are interested and send your application before the deadline to: email@example.com
• Ask your two references to complete the reference form on your professional and personal qualifications and ask that they send the form to the Training Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the deadline.
• Contact your national PBI group, if one exists where you live
• After submitting your application, you may be asked to participate in an interview with the Training Team.
• If you continue the process after the interview, you will begin a self-training process based on readings and the training activities that will then be reviewed.
• The final stage of the selection process is the participation in a virtual training week. The decision surrounding your selection will be taken at the end of the training week and communicated to you the following week.
• You will not join the team immediately after the training week. For this reason, we ask that all candidates remain aware of the current situation in Honduras until joining the team.
• When you arrive in Honduras, you will participate in a two or three week training. The training and selection process continues in Honduras and ends with an evaluation after two months in the field team.
• At any point during the process, PBI can decide the eligibility of the candidate to participate in the team of international human rights observers in Honduras.
PBI Policies surrounding age discrimination in the field projects
Age is not a restriction to work in the field projects. However, volunteers must be mature and responsible as the organization needs to present a professional image during interactions with high-ranking authorities in countries with field projects. Maturity is also highly valued because volunteers should be able to responsibly evaluate risk and security in areas of crisis or conflict. For these reasons, volunteers are normally over 25.
PBI policy on the nationality of the members of the projects in the field
By mandate of the organisation, our projects must apply what we call “the country’s own standard”. This rule specifies that “no national person can work on the project of his own country, neither as an observer/volunteer, nor as a member of the Committee or the Project Office.” The purpose of this standard is to establish a clear distinction between the volunteers or members of the PBI-Honduras Project and the organizations and accompanying persons. The standard also seeks to ensure that local pressures do not affect the independence of PBI-Honduras.
If you are interested in the work of Peace Brigades International (PBI), we encourage you to check the website, https://www.peacebrigades.org/, where you can obtain information on existing projects in other countries where your help may be welcome.
We thank you for your interest and we encourage you to continue working in the defence of human rights defenders.
For more information, please contact email@example.com