London (On-site)
Up to £52241 per annum
Job description

Location: The role can be based in London or in a location with an Amnesty International Secretariat office (as listed below), subject to further confirmation and provided that we are in a position to hire an employee in that location: Dakar, Johannesburg and Nairobi. Salary and benefits will vary depending on the Amnesty IS salary scale for the country.

Duration: This role is a two-year FTC, it may be subject to extension.

Amnesty International is seeking a Legal Adviser or Policy Adviser (Policing) working as part of a team pursuing Amnesty's work on military, security and policing, inter alia:

  • To significantly contribute to the organisation's global campaign on the right to protest in all areas related to policing, in particular by way of specialist advice, coaching, training and other relevant capacity building support in partnership with Amnesty Netherlands' Police and Human Rights Programme;
  • To provide law and policy advice to Amnesty International's International Secretariat, including its various Regional Offices, and the broader movement on specified areas of human rights and related positions of the organisation, with a particular focus on police and human rights;
  • To help further develop Amnesty's work on military, security and policing, with a particular focus on police and human rights;
  • To contribute to the further development of the organisation's policies on a wide range of human rights issues, including those pertaining to military, security and policing and with a particular focus on police and human rights

About the Role:

As Legal Adviser or Policy Adviser you will:

  • work closely with country and thematic researchers, advocates, media officers and campaigners in the International Secretariat and Sections/Structures to ensure human rights law and the organisation's human rights policies are applied and advocated in an effective manner through research projects, advocacy initiatives, media and campaigns;
  • lead on and/or significantly contribute to specific projects and activities related to the organisation's priorities, primarily those pertaining to police and human rights;
  • provide specialist guidance, advice, coaching and training on police and human rights, including from an operational policing perspective. This would include working towards the changes we want to see by identifying the key problems and root causes within the police that lead to human rights abuses (structural problems, policies, orders, operational decision making, individual behaviour/actions/choices, training, equipment) and formulating concrete recommendations for change;
  • work with colleagues in the Law and Policy and other relevant Programmes to ensure effective, coherent and timely output reviews and policy consultations especially as they pertain to the aforementioned areas;
  • proactively identify opportunities to tackle human rights abuses and engage towards positive change, with a particular attention to the policing of assemblies and other relevant military, security and policing issues;
  • help identify and pursue strategic opportunities for advancing human rights through litigation.

About You:

You will have substantial expertise and professional experience in human rights law. You will have particular experience and expertise on police and human rights, including from an operational policing perspective. Expertise on other relevant military, security and policing areas as well as on the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment would be a key asset. Good knowledge of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly is essential. Good understanding more broadly of systemic problems impacting on civic space and compounding adverse criminal justice related outcomes would be a significant asset. You will have experience in or working with the police, the legal profession, in inter-governmental organisations, human rights NGOs or social movements. You will have demonstrated legal drafting and analytical skills, e.g. through experience in litigation or the application of international law. You will also bring strong advisory and communication skills, including with a view to conduct effective advocacy.

Applications from those with lived experience of human rights abuses and violations, including discrimination and marginalization, are encouraged.

About Us:

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 10 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We reach almost every country in the world.

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.

At Amnesty International, we are passionate about what we do and we are proud of our achievements as a movement. To compensate our employees for the critical work they do, we reward them through a combination of an attractive and sector competitive salary and benefits package, high levels of engagement and involvement, and a commitment to employee development.

Benefits include 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and grace days), pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance and many more benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging environment.

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Amnesty International is committed to creating and sustaining a working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of communities globally.

Freedom, Justice, Equality. Let's get to work.

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Posted on: 20 May 2022
Closed date: 17 June 2022 at 17:10
Job ref: 3363
Tags: Policy/Research