Regional Researcher , Amnesty International

Amnesty International is shifting 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 through a regional office in Mexico City and de-concentrating some of the functions we currently base in the International Secretariat office in London, including our research and campaign capacity. Being closer to the ground will enable 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 Regional Office is looking for an experienced Researcher for the Americas and the Caribbean region to contribute to rapid and tactical response when human rights violations occur in complex situations in different countries in the continent.
About the role:
As a research-based and campaigning organization, investigating and documenting human rights issues is fundamental to our long-term strategies for change. In the same way, we aim to react rapidly to human rights violations and prevent future crisis. Our Regional Researcher will take the lead in initiating human rights research and action by providing methodological expertise, excellent documentation skills and sound political judgement when situations seriously affecting and/or threatening human rights develop in different countries across the Americas and the Caribbean. A campaign oriented approach to the work is essential. You will be required to analyse potential crisis situations/complex environments and quickly co-ordinate research activities, monitor, investigate and examine political, legal and social developments and human rights conditions, give authoritative advice on these areas and ensure your evidence-based outputs are fit for different audiences and for a global movement of activists . You will represent Amnesty International in the field and elsewhere, including with government officials, media, peer organizations and other audiences
About you:
With experience of working on human rights issues, you must have first-hand in-depth knowledge of the regional socio-political context of the Americas and the Caribbean and of global human rights trends. You are a creative researcher with experience in applying new methodologies and technologies for human rights research. You have strong documentation skills and proven ability to react quickly to unfolding events that threaten human rights. You are able to provide rapid but sound analysis of complex situations. You have a background in activism, academia, social science, law or journalism with the ability to identify and thoroughly investigate those issues and ensure our voice has authority. You have knowledge of international human rights standards and familiarity with regional and universal mechanisms for the protection of human rights. With your extensive experience of working from the Americas/Caribbean 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 research and influential communication skills, impartial political judgement, coupled with strong strategic thought. You have excellent written and verbal Spanish and English. French strongly desired.
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: 1st June 2016
To find out more and apply, please click the apply link.