RESPECT Liberia was established by a group of Liberian development practitioners and community development activists who continued their work to promote and enhance post-war human and infrastructural development of Liberia after returning from Ghana as refugees.
RESPECT Liberia is a non-political, non-religious and non-sectarian organization. Our sole purpose focuses on creating cross-cultural dialogue through grass-roots organizing and engagement, community action planning and participation, applied and action research for transformative change and the promotion of socioeconomic development.
RESPECT Liberia has its Administrative Office in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County and Sub. Offices in Sinoe, Mary Land and Grand Kru Counties, located in the Southeastern region of Liberia and our Head Office located in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. RESPECT Liberia is one of the active organizations working to bring about peaceful transition during and after the general elections through active community mobilization, peace, reconciliation, participation, and democracy.
Description of Human Rights Project
We conduct training, focus groups, and development projects as well as work with local governmental organizations to promote human rights in southeastern Liberia, particularly for women and children. We provide individuals space to discuss relevant issues, create solutions, and take decisive action steps towards addressing those issues.
The Human Rights Project provides support and training to marginalized groups in Southeastern Liberia to develop advocacy and literacy skills to promote human rights in local communities.
We are seeking volunteer, unpaid human rights interns to work with RESPECT Liberia in the following areas:
- Encourage entrepreneurship for participants and target work to promote job development and create sustainability for the program.
- Ability to network with local schools and if require, teach classes in as needed in the areas of science, math, social studies, peace education and human rights.
- Facilitate extra-curricular activities such as physical education, field trips, debate to action, developing community newsletter.
- Design and implement experiments in the field focused on exposing rights and community issues with a focus on generation of active solutions to the issues
- Network with NGOs around program design and connecting community members with NGOs for projects or interventions
- Develop and engage in programmatic strategy which encourages human rights development in communities that develop solutions community members can take ownership of themselves
- Comprehend and research community representatives and development platforms available in Liberia while working with community members to ensure local governance accountability
- Develop local and international partnerships for program sustainability including materials acquisition/funding and other support.
- Design and implement programs and projects geared towards community outreach, mobilization, and engagement in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
Generally, internships are 1-3 months in duration and can be located in either of our field offices. However, internships can last for up to year depending the intern’s interest, funding sources, academic programs or a combination of these factors. Interns will be responsible for travel to and from Liberia including a minimum room and board fee of $200.00 USD a month at our volunteer guest house. Work-related transportation will be covered by the organization. Interns are required to have health insurance from their country and are required to provide proof of health insurance coverage as part of their application.
- Work experience with community groups
- Bachelor’s or other training in Human Rights
- Desire to improve lives of Liberians and participatory democracy
- Passion and talent around human rights development and social justice
- Self-motivated and proactive
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Cultural competence.
- Writing and speaking proficiencies in English is required.
Benefits Interning with us.
Language/Cultural support and enrichment
We also welcome the below listed support.
Students – undergraduates and graduates
How to Apply?
Please email CV/resume and a letter of interest to Mrs. Shetha Weah, Executive Director, RESPECT Liberia at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers will also have the opportunity to write grants for projects and when funding is acquired can be used to decrease the monthly housing payment or even provide a stipend.