Regional Advocacy Coordinator , Amnesty International

Amnesty International has shifted its centralized International Secretariat (IS) into a more strong, coherent and visible presence in strategic locations in the global South.
In the Americas, we are developing a stronger presence, with a regional office for the Americas based in Mexico City, a Sub-regional office in Lima, Peru, and an office in Washington D.C., we have de-concentrated key functions to enhance our research and campaign capacity. Being closer to the ground is enabling us to operate with greater speed and relevance and to be more agile and responsible to the demands of our human rights agenda.
Amnesty International’s Americas program is looking for an experienced Regional Advocacy Coordinator to contribute to the development, coordination and implementation of Amnesty’s regional advocacy activities in the Americas Region so that our human rights research, advocacy positions, global campaigns and recommendations are effectively promoted at the Americas Inter-governmental organizations, states and other relevant actors in the region. This post will support the Americas Regional Director that holds the ultimate responsibility of coordination and leadership of Advocacy at the continental level and the Deputy Directors who lead the advocacy at sub-regional levels.
About the role:
As a research-based campaigning organization, our advocacy work and long-lasting strategies for change is fundamental to our overarching goals. The Americas Regional Advocacy Coordinator will take the lead in developing a regional advocacy vision and strategies in the continent to make the fullest use of regional advocacy opportunities within the Americas Intergovernmental bodies (InterAmerican human rights systems and other regional bodies such as CARICOM, UNASUR and MERCOSUR, among others). The Regional Advocacy Coordinator will provide advice as well as report on key developments to regional offices, relevant programmes within the IS and the movement to enable effective and well-informed advocacy; As our lead advocate, you will produce analysis, policy briefs, submissions and other relevant outputs, including by identifying threats, opportunities, trends and geo-politics within the regional bodies relevant for AI advocacy priorities;
About you:
With experience of working on human rights issues, you must have first-hand in-depth knowledge and experience of the socio-political and economic context in the region. You have strong knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international human rights
You will have extensive experience of advocacy and engagement with key organizations in the Americas, IGOs and substantial experience producing substantial analysis, policy briefs, position papers, submissions and other relevant advocacy outputs; you will also have relevant experience of research for advocacy purposes, including field research on human rights issues;
You have an educational background in academia, social science or law with the ability to identify and thoroughly investigate relevant human rights issues and ensure our voice has authority. With your extensive experience of working in the region, you have a strong network and rich experience of undertaking this kind of sensitive work in the field. A natural collaborator, you need proven influential communication skills, impartial political judgement, coupled with strong strategic thought. You have excellent written and verbal Spanish and English (essential), and Portuguese/French (desirable)
About us:
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We reach almost every country in the world and have:
  • more than 2 million members and supporters who drive forward our fight for rights
  • more than 5 million activists who strengthen our calls for justice
Our aim is simple: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, fairness, freedom and truth wherever they're denied. And whether we're applying pressure through powerful research or direct lobbying, mass demonstrations or online campaigning, we're all inspired by hope for a better world. One where human rights are respected and protected by everyone, everywhere. We can only do this because of the generous donations from millions of people around the world.
Closing date: 30th May 2016
To find out more and apply, please click the apply link.