PBI Colombia

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Bogotá, Colombia via
bogota [at] pbicolombia [dot] net
(+57 1) 287 0403

Peace Brigades International (PBI) is a non-partisan and independent non-governmental organisation registered before the United Nations and recognised by the vice-president's office in Colombia. PBI has carried out international observation and accompaniment in Colombia since 1994.

PBI's mission is to protect the work space of human rights defenders that receive threats due to their non-violent human rights work. PBI Colombia lives and works in the field accompanying these persons, communities and organisations. This physical accompaniment is complemented by regular publications highlighting their risks and work. On a regular basis, PBI volunteers visit different parts of the country as international accompaniers or observers. Furthermore, PBI meets with civilian and military authorities, state institutions, other NGOs, the diplomatic community, and international organisations —including the United Nations system— both to make its presence known, and to share concerns. PBI Colombia has a broad support base, including international NGOs, aid agencies, European parliamentarians, members of the US congress, faith-based organisations, government officials, and members of the diplomatic community. All of these individuals and organisations have expressed their support for PBI's work in Colombia and belong to the support network in Europe, North America and Australia.

PBI Colombia's work is based on a philosophy of non-violence within the framework of international human rights law and strict respect for Colombian laws. Moreover, PBI only accompanies at the request of the local organisations and does not interfere in internal Colombian affairs or in the work of the accompanied organisations and communities. At no time does PBI attempt to replace local initiatives to defend human rights. Rather, PBI support these initiatives through the presence and activity of international observation and accompaniment, as well as in its efforts to support the rebuilding of the fabric of society.

PBI Colombia is looking for international observers to work for the protection of human rights defenders and displaced communities in Colombia. PBI Colombia cannot work with nationals, including those with dual-nationality. ‘No person can work on a team in their own country, not as an observer/volunteer, as part of the Project Committee, or in the Project Office’. This rule was made to guarantee and highlight the impartiality of members of PBI Colombia. It also aims for the independence of PBI Colombia and its members, unaffected by local pressure. PBI volunteers' and Project workers’ security is highest priority for PBI in a country where serious violations of human rights are not uncommon.
Job Description Working as an international observer with PBI Colombia offers an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the international human rights arena. Volunteers will be able to work in one of the four teams: Bogota, Barrancabermeja, Medellin or Uraba, accompanying human rights defenders and communities threatened for their legitimate work towards justice and peace Our accompaniment work includes: * Physical presence – daily visits to organisations, field visits and visits to other communities * Political accompaniment – meetings with the Colombian authorities and the international community * Publications about the current situation in Colombia
Essential: * Fluent Spanish, both spoken and written, especially in moments of crisis. * Experience with NGOs working in Human Rights and social issues * Commitment to 12 months in the field with PBI * Three written references * Experience working in a team and living with a group, especially in situations of stress. Recommended: * Work experience speaking with authorities, running campaigns and in communication and negotiation. * Analytical capacity and comprehension of political situations. * To be well-versed in the Colombian political situation. * To have collaborated with a national PBI group in your own country or in the country where you reside. * Knowledge of and experience working in human rights. * Computer skills: Microsoft Word, email, databases * Experience in research and information
* Flights to and from your home country and Colombia * Accommodation, food costs and any work related costs * A monthly stipend – currently 300 USD * Financial contribution at the end of your service (repatriation). * Four – six months full training, including a week-long training meeting

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AA 36157, Bogotá, Colombia

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