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: We are recruiting two roles: one of these is a two-year FTC and the other one is a four-year FTC, both of which may be subject to extension. The two-year FTC role will mainly focus on contributing to Amnesty's global campaign on the right to protest, including advisory and capacity building support, while the four-year FTC role will mainly focus on driving and supporting the delivery of the Amnesty movement's strategic priorities on the protection and promotion of the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and on policies or measures affecting the civic space.
Amnesty International is seeking two Legal Adviser(s) or Policy Adviser(s):
- to provide law and policy advice to Amnesty International's International Secretariat, including its various Regional Offices, and the broader movement on particular areas of human rights and related positions of the organisation, with a particular focus on the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and other areas affecting the civic space, e.g. law enforcement and other criminal justice or administrative practices;
- to drive and support the delivery of the Amnesty movement's strategic priorities on the protection and promotion of the aforementioned rights and on policies or measures affecting the civic space, including by way of research and advocacy;
- to contribute to the organisation's global campaign on the right to protest, including by way of advisory and capacity building support;
- to contribute to the further development of the organisation's policies on a wide range of human rights issues, including those pertaining to the aforementioned rights and area;
- to monitor developments at inter-governmental organisations and in other relevant forums relevant to standards, policies and practices, such as those pertaining to the aforementioned rights and areas, and identify opportunities for pro-active engagement in collaboration with the relevant Amnesty Programmes and Sections;.
About the role:
- 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 the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and other areas affecting the civic space.
- ensure Amnesty International remains at the forefront of human rights protection pertaining to expression, association, peaceful assembly and other relevant areas affecting the civic space, e.g. law enforcement and other criminal justice or administrative practices, including by way of managing or contributing to cutting-edge human rights projects and identifying avenues for effective advocacy.
Depending on the post-holder's background and experience, the position will be one of Legal Adviser or Policy Adviser.
These two positions are located within the Law and Policy Programme (LPP), and the post-holder will be line managed by the LPP Deputy Director heading the Civic Space and Criminal Justice Team.
Please see to the job description for more information.
You will have substantial expertise and professional experience in human rights law. You will have particular expertise on the rights to freedom of expression, association, and/or peaceful assembly. Good knowledge of other areas affecting the civic space, e.g. law enforcement and other criminal justice or administrative practices, and knowledge of intersectional forms of discrimination affecting participation in the civic space would be key assets. Experience working on the shrinking civic space, for instance as it pertains to NGO laws and restrictions of access to funding, SLAPP or similar lawsuits, lack of whistle-blower protections, criminalisation of HRDs, police use of force, and restrictions to assemblies would be a significant asset.
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.
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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