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Vacancy at LAB — LAB Newsletter 6 July 2020

for an Admin & Editorial Assistant

Dear LAB Supporter and Friend,

Admin and Editorial Assistant post

LAB is hiring: for the first time for more than 10 years it has been possible for LAB to employ a part-time Admin & Editorial Assistant to take some of the pressure off our volunteer editors and enable us to better co-ordinate and expand our work. We hope that we will be able to extend the hours and, hopefully, raise enough funds to make the post permanent. If you would like to make a donation, click here. If can make a regular direct-debit donation, that would help us to achieve this goal.

The post details are below and a full job-description can be downloaded here. Please pass on the details to any colleague or friend who might be interested.

  • Location: Work from home
  • Hours: part-time 20 hours/2.5 days per week
  • Salary: £25,000 pro rata
  • Duration: 9 months initially, to be extended if funding permits

The need for LAB’s work has never been greater: Latin America is entering an era of intense challenges: the neo-liberal economic model has largely failed; inequalities in much of the region are growing; toxic populism, such as that of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, is rampant; the bonanza of mineral and fossil fuel extraction is on the wane, leaving behind its legacies of environmental destruction, social destitution and the corruption of politics; even as climate change threatens the future of water supplies, agriculture and ecosystems, deforestation of the Amazon and the destruction of other rural and river environments is increasing. And Covid-19 threatens not only to kill many more people, especially in vulnerable indigenous communities, but to leave vast numbers in unemployment and poverty.

Ecuadorian indigenous leader Alicia Cawiya with LAB’s book Voices of Latin America

For more than 10 years LAB has been sustained entirely by volunteers working from home. Yet we have continued to publish books, established a fruitful publishing partnership with Practical Action Publishing and have steadily expanded the content and reach of our website and use of social media. This has come at a cost: our volunteer editors can only do so much, and this limits our further development.

Following a review of our budget, income and expenditure, we have decided that LAB is at last able to take on a paid worker to assist with admin, editorial and promotional work. The initial appointment is for 9 months, part-time, but if we can raise further funds, we hope to extend the hours and make the post permanent.

You can download a full job-description here. For more information, please e-mail: Mike.Gatehouse@lab.org.uk

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2020 and we hope to have someone in post by early September.

Best wishes and stay safe,

The LAB Team

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