Artists at Risk Connection Regional Representative for Africa (Consultancy)

PEN America, a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of literature and human rights, seeks a talented, energetic, and highly organized regional representative in Africa for its Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) program, a support system for artists facing threats as a result of their creative expression. This is a part-time consultant position and can be based anywhere in Africa.

The successful candidate will grow and strengthen a dynamic regional network in Africa in order to ensure that ARC’s partners are diverse, representative, and responsive in this region.

The Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) manages a coordination and information-sharing hub that supports, unites, and advances the work of organizations that provide assistance to artists at risk of persecution globally. ARC’s mission is to improve access to resources for artists at risk, enhance connections among supporters of artistic freedom, and raise awareness about challenges to artistic freedom.

The regional representative will:

1. Coordinate the Amani protective network, an ARC-led consortium of organizations working in or on artistic freedom in Africa;
2. Lead local outreach to artists, human rights, and art organizations in the region as ARC develops its network of assistance for persecuted artists;
3. Support the ARC team’s urgent assistance efforts by referring artist cases to international support and connecting artists to local and regional resources;
4. Promote opportunities for the local arts community to have a global impact and for the international network of organizations to support artists at risk more locally.

This is a consultant role that would be suitable for an individual who is already quite active in their own artistic or human rights community, is interested in developing their own regional network, and is excited about the idea of shaping and initiating more international projects and collaborations. The position requires a minimum one-year commitment.


  • Strengthen existing support for at-risk artists by connecting ARC and artists at risk to local human right organizations and the arts community locally and regionally
  • Support ARC’s referral work locally and regionally by connecting artists in need with the local organizations that can support them
  • Identify new resources for artists at risk and initiate coordination and information sharing between organizations that support artists at risk in the region
  • Be a resource for the local cultural community by sharing information, advice, and networks that can help persecuted artists access regional resources
  • Support outreach and communications efforts relevant to the region


  • At least five years of active experience in the human rights field in Africa
  • A diverse and established network in the human rights and art fields in Africa
  • Interest in building collaborations and connections with other countries in Africa
  • Relevant experience in creating collaborative opportunities
  • Fluent in English, and French or Arabic
  • Experience in outreach and communications or project management required

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. Please submit the entire application to [email protected]. One PDF is preferred. Please use “ARC Africa Regional Representative” and your name as the subject of your email (for example, “ARC Africa Regional Representative – Jane Doe”). Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

No phone calls, please.

About PEN America:

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.