Current Volunteer Requests

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the current requests, please sign up in our On-call Scientist volunteer database. More information about how we match volunteers with human rights organizations is available here.

Engineering

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research-Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR/UNOSAT)
Requests volunteers to assist its Citizen Cyberlab project. The project aims to find ways to crowdsource in-depth analysis by transferring the knowledge of experts to the crowd. The system will consist of a series of modules covering topics such as environmental conditions, living conditions, building damage, health, etc., that can be adapted and deployed quickly for rapid assessment of media coming out of a disaster. Volunteers will provide input and feedback on the design of an application for crowdsourcing, including defining information that can be extracted from online media and providing feedback and modifications on the existing prototype. Volunteers may also be asked to contribute to the design and implementation of short online training modules that train users to disaster assessments via the online application. For this project, UNITAR/UNOSAT seeks:

  • Structural engineers or similar expertise in building damage assessment

Medicine (Medical Doctors)

Physicians for Human Rights
Requests physicians to document torture and abuse in asylum cases. (USA)

Survivors of Torture, International
Requests physicians in southern California to document torture and abuse in asylum cases. (USA)

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research-Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR/UNOSAT)
The project is called the Citizen Cyberlab and aims to determine how we can educate online volunteers via online modules and learning systems to conduct rapid and detailed analyses of media coming out of a disaster situation to produce information useful to the response effort. We want to see if we can go past the binary questions that dominate the crowdsourcing/citizen science applications available at the moment and get the crowd to perform more in-depth analysis, and how (if) we can transfer the knowledge of experts to the “crowd”. In the end the system will consist of a series of modules covering topics such as environmental conditions, living conditions, building damage, health etc that can be adapted and deployed quickly for rapid assessment of media coming out of a disaster. We are looking for a health worker to help us develop a crowdsourcing application for extracting information on sickness and injury from photos coming out of a disaster situation. The identified expert/s would have three roles:

  • Advise on information about health that could potentially be extracted from the photos and defining questions that can be asked of the photos
  • Contributing to the design and implementation of short online training modules aimed at giving the crowd the skills to analyse the photos by answering the defined questions.
  •  Provide input and feedback on the design of an application for crowdsourcing the analysis to the trained volunteers and providing feedback and modifications on the prototype crowdsourcing application that will be developed.

Psychiatry, Psychology and Social Workers

Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Requests volunteers to expand the existing roster of psychologists and psychiatrists working on an ad hoc basis to conduct psycho-social assessments of victims the ICC would like to interview as part of their investigations into war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Specialists in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with at least five years experience are needed to conduct assessments (mainly in Africa, but also in Europe). Field missions are usually conducted over one week. Experts residing in and/or from Africa are particularly needed, as are experts fluent in French and Swahili.

Physicians for Human Rights
Requests board-certified psychiatrists and psychologists, and licensed social workers to document torture and abuse in asylum cases. (USA)

Survivors of Torture, International
Requests board-certified psychiatrists and psychologists, and licensed social workers in southern California to document torture and abuse in asylum cases. (USA)

Public Health

Institute for Democracy and Justice in Haiti
Requests a public health expert to manage a database of case histories.