Want to work with ALHR?

June 18, 2018

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is seeking expressions of interest from lawyers to take up roles as Co-Convenors in Victoria, South Australia,WA and the ACT

There are several volunteer positions available.

ALHR State/ Territory Convenors are responsible for proactively and energetically engaging the membership of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) locally and contributing to the national management of ALHR’s operations and advocacy. ALHR State/Territory Convenors play a vital role in the health of ALHR by being responsible for managing ALHR advocacy on local State and Territory human rights issues and by engaging with ALHR’s eight national specialist thematic subcommittees, national committee and executive management committee.

Convenors coordinate regional strategic advocacy and human rights education through activities such as submission-writing, letter-writing, political lobbying, organising and hosting educational and fundraising events.

The successful applicant for each role will be a lawyer or final year law student with a knowledge of and passion for international human rights law. ALHR convenors are supported and guided by ALHR’s National Committee and Executive Management Committee.

Please refer to the information below for further details about ALHR and the specific expectations and responsibilities of the roles.


If you would like to formally nominate for this role, please send an expression of interest and copy of your CV to president@alhr.org.au Please also feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the role.


Expectations of the role:

Comply at all times with ALHR’s policies and procedures including the Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedures; the Financial Control and Authorisation Policy and Procedures, Social Media Policy, Volunteers Policy and the policies and procedures set out within the National Committee Induction Pack.

Convening a minimum of four (4) meetings per annum for the state or territory membership .

Focus on proactively addressing and confronting local human rights issues through:
(i) membership-engagement;
(ii) submission-writing;
(iii) letter writing,
(iv) engaging political representatives,
(v) media engagement,
(vi) organising educational/fundraising events on the issue.

Organise, arrange and facilitate the organisation of at least two (2) major fundraising events per year or fundraising a minimum of between $1,000 and $2,500 per year, depending on the size of the jurisdiction in which they are based.

Draft and send four (4) to twelve (12) (with a strict minimum of four (4)) newsletters per year to the State/Territory membership.

Closely Monitor and respond promptly to emails sent to the ALHR Convenor email address. Emails should at least be checked every second day.

Engage with and reach out to enthusiastic members and ensure they are given opportunities to contribute to ALHR’s multi-faceted advocacy.

Network with other local NGOs, groups, organisations and stakeholders in order to collaborate on various and different human rights campaigns including co-hosting educational/fundraising events (with the prior approval of the national Committee)

Consistently attend the monthly meetings of the ALHR National Committee to report back on the State / Territory activities and a bi-montly Convenors teleconference.

Attend the Annual General Meeting and a minimum of 1 convenor should attend the Annual ALHR Planning Weekend.

Proactively engage and work with ALHR’s thematic national Subcommittees as a means of engaging local members and to organise educational/fundraising events and to conduct advocacy on local human rights issues.

Respond to and consistently participate in the collaborative decision-making and approvals processes required of all members of the ALHR National Committee.

Consultation with previous convenors/National Committee members is encouraged to assist in ascertaining achievable goals for your region and ALHR membership base.