Vacancy: Researcher and Translator – Turkish Specialist

This is a specialist role for a bi-lingual speaker with a background in journalism and/or human rights and proven knowledge of the challenges to freedom of expression in Turkey. The researcher/translator will support English PEN in its advocacy.

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Position: Researcher and Translator – Turkish Specialist
Annual salary: £16,349 pro rata
Location: London, UK
Job Type: Six -months, fixed term; 24 hours per week
Closing date for applications: 19 June 2017 – by 9am

This is a specialist role for a bi-lingual speaker with a background in journalism and/or human rights and proven knowledge of the challenges to freedom of expression in Turkey. The researcher/translator will support English PEN in its advocacy.

Outline of role

  • Researching and writing reports on current challenges to freedom of expression in Turkey
  • Translation of source material and interviews
  • Monitoring arrests, releases, trials of persecuted writers and journalists in Turkey
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with lawyers and representatives of the above to obtain consent for action and monitoring of developments
  • Creating a database of current cases containing relevant information
  • Updating the Turkey case entries for English PEN’s 2017 case list
  • Providing advice to English PEN on its advocacy strategy relating to Turkey
  • Attending joint action strategy meetings and related Turkey talks and representing English PEN
  • Drafting actions and press material regarding arrests, closures and more as agreed with the Writers at Risk Manager and/or Director

Essential skills

  • Bi-lingual in Turkish and English; able to speak and write to a high-level of fluency and accuracy
  • Relevant and substantial experience as a journalist and/or human rights advocate
  • Proven ability to write and edit to a professional standard
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with partners, clients and team
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong team worker
  • In-depth knowledge of politics and current affairs in Turkey

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the role to vacancies@englishpen.org by 9am on 19 June 2017

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