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Opportunity Overview

Amnesty International Australia

The Amnesty International Australia’s (AIA) International Issues Committee (IIC) is generally responsible for assisting and advising the National Board and members, and the wider organisation about AI Australia’s international engagement and contribution. It also advises the board on changes and developments within Amnesty International.

The IIC is looking for two passionate youth members (aged between 18 – 25) to join its team and act in the position of either youth delegate or reserve youth delegate for the 2025 Global Assembly and Asia/Pacific Regional Forum, which will be physical or virtual meetings. In their role, the youth members will help support the Global Assembly and Regional Forum delegation in their preparation and related consultation within/to AI Australia in the lead up to international/regional meetings. Other role expectations include:

  • Assist in consulting with AI Australia members about new policies proposed by the international movement
  • Develop draft policy briefs for the AI Australia National Board to assist in decision making
  • Attend bi-monthly meetings (or more frequent closer to global and regional meetings) with other members of the IIC and take actions accordingly
  • Reporting back to the membership on the Regional Forum and Global Assembly.
  • Act as a positive advocate for Amnesty International and upholding our Values and Behaviours Charter

Information for members seeking to become AI Australia’s Global Assembly delegate

The Global Assembly Youth delegate will represent the Australian section at the Regional Forum and Global Assembly in 2025. Regional Fora are typically held some time between March – May and Global Assemblies are held some time in July – August.

The other three delegates at these important international meetings are the Global Assembly Delegate, the National Director and the Chair of the National Board.

The International Issues Committee is currently chaired by the Global Assembly delegate.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any current member of AI Australia may apply, who will be 25 years of age or less by September 2025.

Representing AI Australia at the Regional Forum and Global Assembly is a big responsibility. It is an important role to play in the stewardship of our movement. As a delegate you would be expected to make a commitment to a sustained and significant leadership role in AI Australia’s contribution to the international movement.

In the lead-up to these meetings delegates and the International Issues Committee will be involved in:

  • extensive reading and commenting on international papers;
  • helping AI Australia understand and participate in the debates, eg preparing summary discussion papers, and leading discussions at the AGM and other fora;
  • listening to the views of members in AI Australia;
  • working as a team to develop AI Australia’s positions and objectives for the respective meetings; and
  • attending (virtual) meetings to prepare for the meetings and to engage with AI Australia members in the issues to be considered at the Regional Forum or Global Assembly.

AI Australia staff members are not eligible to be an applicant to the delegation.

General selection criteria

Applicants should demonstrate that they bring to the delegation the qualities, skills, and commitment to:

  • contribute to the quality of the Regional Forum or Global Assembly, and to the work of the international movement generally;
  • engage with and report to AI Australia members, supporters, and the Board before and after the Regional Forum or Global Assembly, on the issues and resolutions under consideration;
  • contribute to the delegation team, including preparatory meetings;
  • represent any resolutions that AI Australia has proposed; and
  • be 25 years of age or less by September 2025

Applicants should also demonstrate:

  • a commitment to human rights outcomes;
  • knowledge of AI Australia and awareness of AI Australia’s vision and objectives;
  • awareness of AI Australia’s relationship to the international movement; and
  • able to represent and participate in discussions and debates relating to the role and needs of youth members.

How to Apply

Applications must all include the following.

  • A curriculum vitae which includes details of involvement in AI Australia, as well as educational and employment details. This should be no more than 2 pages long.
  • A brief statement addressing the selection criteria listed above. This should be no more than half a page per criterion.
  • Contact details for 2 referees, one of whom should be a member of AI Australia. The referee contact details should include phone and email details of each referee and some indication of the referees’ preferred method for being contacted.
  • Clear contact details for the applicant including phone and email.

Recommendation and appointment

All expressions of interest will be considered by the International Nominations Committee. The INC gives a written report to the National Board and then provides that same report to the AGM and moves at the AGM that its recommendation be endorsed.

The report will include summary information on each nominee, and a summary of the selection processes used, the formal feedback to be given to applicants, and its recommendation on the nominated applicant.

The report includes the number of applicants who have not been nominated, but does not identify those applicants by name.

Submission of Applications

Applications are to be forwarded to Vicki Jacobs at vicki.jacobs@amnesty.org.au by Thursday 21 March 2024.

It is anticipated that interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held either late afternoon or early evening during the week starting 1 April 2024.

Any questions regarding this role, please contact Vicki Jacobs, Chair, International Nominations Committee, AI Australia at vicki.jacobs@amnesty.org.au.

Applicants that are short-listed for this position will be invited to take part in a short interview, further to which their appointment will be put to a vote at the 2024 Annual General Meeting on 1 June 2024.

Position commencement date: 1 July 2024

Although the representation role will start early 2025, we would like the appointed Youth Delegate to start attending IIC meetings in the second half of 2024.

This opportunity within Amnesty International Australia is on a volunteer and unpaid basis. There is no intention to enter into an employment or legal relationship by either party in fulfilment of the duties as specified in this position description. By applying for this opportunity you agree to the above.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at Amnesty

We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of our work, community and partner relationships. We want people to achieve their full potential, which will positively impact on our work and the communities in which we operate. At AI Australia, our values empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment. We are a movement of people from all walks of life around the world. We intend to actively contribute to building a more diverse and inclusive team.

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