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 Colombia program to act as catalyst to mobilize our Amnesty International’s worldwide membership in support to human rights research in the region, particularly to promote the rights of victims of armed conflict, to end violence against women, to ensure Economic, Social and Cultural rights, to promote respect for Indigenous People’s rights, and to address the increasing levels of violence against human rights defenders, among other important issues.
About the role:
As a research-based campaigning organization, building strong strategies for action to engage and mobilize our members, activists and partners is fundamental to achieve our goals and long-lasting strategies for change. Whether we are addressing restrictions on freedom of expression, or violations of the rights of Indigenous people, or denouncing sexual violence against women, our campaigns make a difference. You will contribute to deliver powerful global, regional and national campaigns that inspire people to act and protect human rights defenders.
Our Colombia Researcher will work in close collaboration with campaigners and other programme teams, as well as with sections, and 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 addressing issues affecting people in Colombia.
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 Colombia as well as sound knowledge of 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 Colombia, 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.
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: 8th June 2016
To find out more and apply, please click the apply link.