Professional Volunteering Opportunities in Human Rights, Cambodia
- POSITION: Human Rights Officer
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Phnom Penh
- REQUIREMENTS: Degree in Law with a specialism in Human Rights Law or a related subject
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 8 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
As a human rights officer volunteering in Cambodia you will be working with an NGO that promotes the right to adequate housing and works to end the practice of forced evictions.
Cambodia is a country that has long suffered housing rights violations. Now international and national organizations have come together to work as a coalition to see an end to the practice of forced evictions on urban poor.
As a volunteer human rights officer, your role will be to assist the work of the task force in achieving an end to these violations.
Here you will find answers to the following questions:
How can a volunteer human rights officer help in Cambodia?
You position as human rights officer working in Cambodia is vital to the continued work of the Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF).
The HRTF is a nonprofit coalition of both international and national organizations and individuals. Their vision is to see a Cambodia that is free from all housing rights violations, where forced evictions are no longer carried out and everyone has access to adequate housing.
Your role will include planning, resources mobilization, and implementation of activities, reporting, communication and advocacy. More specifically, you will assist the current Legal Officer in a number of tasks. You may help:
- Develop and update a range of Legal documentation.
- Provide legal advice and support (both written and face-to-face) on all matters, in particular those related to judicial proceedings before the court.
- Carry out legal research and analysis, and provide legal input and analysis as requested including for other departments.
- Promote law and policy reforms with government and other relevant institutions.
- Draft statements and press releases related to existing law.
- Coordinate and conduct meetings with NGO members and partners for law analysis and advocacy.
- Encourage the development of partners and government to adopt and enforce the National Housing Policy.
- Raise awareness of the lack of law enforcement to communities and relevant institutions.
You will work Monday to Friday 8am-5pm with 1-2hrs lunch break.
This project runs all year.
What will I gain from this project?
You will be involved with a friendly and highly dedicated team who are committed to the service they provide. You will be working in a country under different legal system and with different working practices; you will be able to adapt and develop your existing expertise to a different working environment. You will often face challenges not experienced in your home country. Through this cultural exchange you will learn different methodologies and techniques in your own discipline.
You will also have the opportunity to develop skills and experience in a wide variety of areas. These could be (and are project dependent)
- Assessment of the needs of the project partner.
- Collaborating with the project partner to develop more efficient and effective systems in the workplace.
- Collaborate with the project partner to develop outreach programs in the local community and beyond.
- Use your expertise to train staff and other volunteers.
- Using your initiative and problem solving skills to develop, set up and manage projects/programs.
- Monitor existing or new projects/programs.
- Develop and contribute to project evaluation reports to help with continuity between volunteers.
All of these can provide you with valuable experience and transferable skills useful for your career, and make valuable use of your existing expertise where it is truly needed.
What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Cambodia is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with a Cambodian family close to your project.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- A friendly member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
If you have at least a degree in Law with a specialism in Human Rights Law or a related subject then you will be suited for this project.
Ideally, a human rights officer would also possess at least two years’ experience of practicing professionally.
Specific specialisms or interests in your field will be highly desirable. Please discuss this with us on application.
If you are interested in this project but don’t have the relevant experience, then please read about our standard Human Rights project in Cambodia.