Volunteers for East Timor Indonesia Project
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VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE POSITION
INDONESIA AND EAST TIMOR PROJECT
PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL
Peace Brigades is seeking applications for committee and subcommittee members for its project currently working with a
team of international volunteers in West Timor. The project is in the process of establishing teams in Aceh, Jakarta,
and East Timor.
Committee members should be prepared to spend 7 hours per week in work related to this volunteer position. Subcommittee
members should be prepared to spend 4 hours per week.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 30th, 2000 (first round) September 30th (second round)
START DATE: As soon as possible, ideally by September 1st, 2000
LOCATION: flexible; committee members can be located anywhere in the world that has reliable telephone and email
connections. There can be some benefit to being in a location with a PBI country group. We are looking to diversify the
location of our committee membership, and are particularly seeking members from European and Australia/Pacific
VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT: open-ended; with a review after six months. It is helpful to be able to foresee a two year
commitment to the project.
BENEFITS: Committee members have expenses paid. There is a week-long face to face committee meeting held once per year,
if possible in the region. Committee members have sometimes joined the team for short periods with expenses covered when
there is a specific need.
APPLY TO: Lyn Adamson, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Send a letter of application, your resume, and references. An interview will be included part of
the selection process.
ABOUT THE PROJECT: The committee position involves working collaboratively with other Project Committee members and the
Project Co-ordinator to support the work of the team members in the field, and in other ways support the work of the
project. The team currently consists of three volunteers working in West Timor, Indonesia. Until recently the main work
of the team has been providing accompaniment and other advocacy for the safe return of East Timorese refugees currently
living in camps. The team is currently involved in organizing conflict resolution training workshops with members of
West Timorese NGO's who have requested this training. We anticipate the West Timor phase of the project will continue
till through December 2000. There will be a transition period in the fall as new teams open in Jakarta, Aceh, and, if
possible, East Timor.
ABOUT PEACE BRIGADES: PBI was started in 1981 by veterans of peace movements from around the world. PBI works to create
and maintain space for nonviolent dialogue and change in specific situations of conflict. International volunteers
provide accompaniment and peace education in response to specific requests from local groups working nonviolently for
human rights. PBI has fielded teams in Guatemala (1983-99), El Salvador (1987-92), Sri Lanka (1989-98), North America
(1992-2000), and Haiti (1994-2000). Currently PBI has four teams in Colombia, and teams in Mexico and West Timor. We
also jointly sponsor projects in the Balkan and Chiapas, Mexico. Check the PBI website: www.igc.apc.org/pbi for more information. REQUIREMENTS: commitment to nonviolence commitment to nonpartisanship in the
context of this project good communication skills: for written communication for telephone/e-mail committee/team
communication knowledge of the social/political context for working in Indonesia/East Timor AND/OR experience in
international nonviolence and human rights work (for example other PBI experience, Amnesty International, etc.) good
computer skills and access to internet-capable computer (much of the work is conducted over email; ability to use
computer chat is helpful) experience working in groups and/or small non-profit organizations ability to work
independently and/or in subcommittees ability to work in English
ASSETS: experience working by consensus language skills - some Indonesian is an asset (but not a requirement; English is
the working language) skills to assist in one of the subcommittees, e.g. any of the following: financial management
and/or fundraising experience media and outreach experience human resources experience strategic planning background
emergency response experience training experience peace education background contacts with government, UN, INGO or other
prominent groups/figures sense of humour (!)
RESPONSIBILITIES OF COMMITTEE MEMBER: Participating in monthly conference calls, Regular checking of e-mail and keeping
up of correspondence, Participating in a subcommittee (via phone, e-mail, or computer chat) Current committees are:
Human Resources and Training Finance and Fundraising Strategy, Public Relations, and the Emergency Response Network
Publicity Peace Education
PBI COUNTRY GROUPS: Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands,
Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA
PEACE BRIGADES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ORGANIZATION. WE ENCOURAGE WOMEN AND MEN OF ALL DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS TO APPLY.
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