Researcher Adviser – South America , 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 and a Sub-regional office in Lima, Peru, 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 Sub-regional Office in Peru (covering work in the Andean Region and the Southern Cone) is looking for an experienced Researcher for our South America program to contribute to the development and implementation of a research and advocacy agenda, particularly focusing on promoting Sexual and Reproductive rights, ending violence against women, ensuring Economic, Social and Cultural rights, promoting respect for Indigenous People’s rights, and addressing the increasing levels of violence against human rights defenders, among other important issues.
About the role:
As a research-based campaigning organization, investigating and documenting human rights issues is fundamental to our advocacy work and long-lasting strategies for change. As one of our South America Researchers, this role will take the lead in initiating human rights research and action by providing country and thematic expertise, excellent research skills and sound political judgement. A global campaign oriented approach to the work is essential. You will be required to conduct and co-ordinate research activities, monitor, investigate and analyse political, legal and social developments and human rights conditions, give authoritative advice on these areas and prepare human rights action materials (reports, briefings, case files, etc.). 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 and experience of the socio-political and economic context in South America, particularly in countries such as Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Paraguay and Bolivia- and global human rights trends.
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 strong knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international human rights. With your extensive experience of working in South America, 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.
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: 6th June 2016
To find out more and apply, please click the apply link.