Do you have a background in law or human rights advocacy? If yes, then join us and have your input in building an equal, prosperous and just society. If you’d like to gain direct insight into legal practices and human rights issues while doing good and making a great impact on society, then this is your chance! At Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC), world-class organizations you have always dreamed of working with are just a phone call away! We partner with top-notch organizations to give you the best experience possible in Armenia. This includes the United Nations, the International Helsinki Federation, and the Human Rights Defender’s Office. So whether you’re doing a formal internship or volunteering, you’ll be building your CV.
Here are a few of the organizations where you can work and contribute to ensuring that basic human rights and all are protected by the law.
United Nations Armenia
The United Nations system guides Armenia to attain its national development priorities. Since the establishment of the UN Office in Armenia in 1992, Armenia has signed and ratified numerous international agreements. The UN Armenia office currently supervises fifteen specialized agencies, programs and funds in Armenia. These include International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and more. By working with the UN in Armenia, you can help promote social justice, as well as human and labor rights. Furthermore, you can advocate for refugees’, children’s and women’s rights, work towards the implementation of laws in Armenia and have an impact on government policymaking.
The Human Rights Defender’s Office of Armenia (Ombudsman)
The Human Rights Defender’s mission is to protect those whose human rights and freedoms have been violated by state or local authorities. The Ombudsman also monitors and reports on the state of human rights in the country, makes proposals for legislative reforms, implements human rights education projects, provides training, reports to international and regional human rights mechanisms, raises awareness within society and carries out research. Since 2015, the Human Rights Defender also has jurisdiction over the private sector in the fields of culture, education, and healthcare. The Ombudsman is mainly guided by the following values: Independence, Autonomy, Impartiality, Transparency, Justice, Equality, Professionalism and Pluralism.
American University of Armenia (AUA) Center for Responsible Mining (CRM)
The AUA CRM’s mission is to promote the creation and adoption of the best global practices in social, environmental, economical, and responsible mining in Armenia and the region. The center does research, conducts training and advocacy, and engages with key stakeholders in the industry, civil society environmental advocacy groups, financial institutions, and the public sector. The center also conducts environmental monitoring of mining communities and works towards the improvement of transparency and accountability in the mining sector. So if you’re passionate about the environment and consider yourself a green activist, the AUA CRM may be placed for you.
Sounds interesting? If you want to boost your CV and be competitive, sign up at the AVC website. Armenia is waiting for you!