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JOB TITLE: Protection Officer (Persian-Speaking) – Part-time, 3 days a week

SALARY: £23,000 per annum (pro-rata), plus company benefits
DURATION: One year FTC, based in London. The position maybe renewed subject to funding being secured.
LOCATION: London Bridge
RESPONSIBLE TO: Protection Manager


The primary role of the Protection Officer (Persian-Speaking) is to research and verify individual cases of writers, print journalists and artists seeking support and protection, particularly those from Iran and Afghanistan.

This post holder may also be asked to assist in growing the range of protection options through the PEN network and other partners, in the development of advocacy strategies to support and protect writers at risk, and in drafting or translating external outputs and campaign materials related to the protection needs of writers at risk and in exile, in close collaboration with the Programmes team;

On occasion the post holder will contribute to supervising language specialists who work with the protection team on an ad hoc basis. The team is under the supervision of the Protection Manager.

The ideal candidate should have:

· Language skills: fluent spoken and written English is essential as is a good knowledge of spoken and written Persian;

· Knowledge of human rights or related issues, preferably in the field of freedom of expression and protection;

· Sound political judgement;

· Experience of working with persecuted/vulnerable individuals;

· Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and sensitivity in all aspects of the work of PEN International and willingness to apply those principles;

· Ability to gather information from a wide variety of sources, to summarise and conduct preliminary analysis of risk faced by persecuted writers;

· Good organizational and time management skills with the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines;

· Ability to draft correspondence and other materials for a range of audiences;

· Ability to use common office software packages including Word, Excel, and Outlook;

· Knowledge of other regional languages, particularly (Sorani) Kurdish, Turkish and/or Pashto;

· Awareness of the functions of a membership organisation and of the needs of members;

· Knowledge of international human rights law;

· Interest in literature.


PEN International promotes literature and freedom of expression. Founded in 1921, our global community of writers now spans more than 100 countries. PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO.

PEN International offers a supportive and flexible working environment, alongside addtional benefits such as, pension, weekly fruit supply, season ticket loans, training opportunties, and more.

To apply for this role please submit your CV along with a covering letter (max. 1 page A4), outlining why you are the right person for the role, your salary expectations and notice period to,

Closing date for applications: 8 January 2021 by 5pm.

First round interbiews: As soon as possible.

Second round interviews: When applicable.

Start date: As soon as possible.

PEN International is an equal opportunities employer.