Sri Lanka
Up to £73504 per annum
Job description


Amnesty International seeks a Deputy Regional Director - Research in our South East Asia Regional Office. This is a 6 month fixed term contract; cover for maternity leave.


The primary role of the Deputy Regional Director is to support the Regional Director in the establishment and management of the South Asia Regional office in Colombo and strategic allocation of the Regional Offices resources.


Management and communications

  • With the Regional Director, recruit and manage, as necessary, Regional Office research and advocacy staff, including those working remotely, and ensure performance is managed and talent is nurtured
  • Ensure the identification and promotion of best practice, encouraging and leading learning and skill development among the Regional Office's staff
  • Use political judgment and expertise to advise and support the Regional Director and broader management group on AI's substantive human rights work in the region, including emerging issues, trends and crisis situations
  • Manage staff and other resources to ensure their most effective use, in line with agreed priorities and policies
  • Manage risk assessments and oversee the implementation of security procedures for Regional Office staff
  • Promote an organizational culture of integration across Programmes and manage the effective integration of relevant staff from the International Secretariat and other offices to the Regional Office
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with AI's sections and structures in order to identify and exploit opportunities for co-operation, information-sharing and problem solving
  • Participate in the corporate management of the International Secretariat, by contributing to:
  • development of strategic and operational plans
  • identification and solution of corporate management issues
  • ensuring effective communications across departments
  • Deputize as agreed, for the Regional Director

Research and advocacy management and strategic oversight

  • Manage the development and implementation of human rights research and advocacy action plans for countries within the office's remit, in line with globally agreed priorities and strategies
  • Lead and/or manage the Regional Office's field work in order to ensure that political, strategic, technical
  • and security concerns are reviewed and adequately mitigated
  • Ensure integration of research and action in order to provide an effective, coherent programme of work
  • which delivers tangible outcomes for human rights in conformity with AI's mission and consistent with its
  • priorities, strategies and standards
  • Represent AI, including in the field, with government officials, international organizations, civil society
  • organizations, public events and the media, developing and communicating messages crafted at
  • influencing the appropriate audience

Quality Assurance and Reporting

  • Responsible for the quality of Regional Office research and advocacy outputs, working closely with
  • originators to ensure that research strategy is sound and focused, key methodology, legal and policy
  • issues are addressed, and that the evidence, analysis and conclusions make a compelling case for ? change
  • Ensure compliance with globally developed quality assurance and impact assessment methodologies to
  • ensure consistency and impartiality and measure human rights impact within the region
  • Ensure that the team report with sufficient clarity and detail on the impact of their work, including to ? funders
  • Ensure the timely delivery of agreed plans
  • Ensure all outputs go through appropriate research and law and policy review

Finance and risk management

  • Set, monitor, manage and report on budget and expenditure for the work undertaken by their team
  • Manage risk assessments and oversee the implementation of security procedures for staff undertaking
  • missions and travel and other instances of high risk
  • Accountable for duty of care of staff, including where necessary, contribution to internal security, health
  • and safety and human resources polices and standards, supported by the Finance and Office Manager

This is not an exhaustive list of duties. The need for flexibility is required and the post holder is expected to carry out.

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Posted on: 06 July 2020
Closed date: 03 August 2020
Job ref: 2786
Tags: Management