Hong Kong
Up to £743230 per annum + HKD
Job description


JOB TITLE: Regional Researcher, East Asia


LOCATION: Hong Kong preferred


As Amnesty International's expert on South Korea, North Korea, Japan, and Mongolia, you will monitor and document human rights violations in these countries with the goal of achieving positive human rights impact.



  • Investigate, monitor, and document human rights violations in South Korea, North Korea, Japan, and Mongolia in order to provide expert, accurate, and objective advice on these issues, and to develop effective strategies for achieving positive change;
  • Collect and analyze information from a wide variety of sources, including government officials, local and international media, NGOs, lawyers, journalists, diplomats, and others;
  • Write reports, briefing papers, and other materials for publication and internal use, and provide advice on materials produced by other programmes;
  • Represent Amnesty International publicly, including in governmental, inter-governmental, and other for a, as well as with the news media, civil society organizations, and others;
  • Contribute to the development of country and regional strategies relating to research and campaigning, and provide input into internal Amnesty International discussions;
  • Coordinate work with other Amnesty International staff, including by preparing work plans and budgets;
  • Travel domestically and internationally, as necessary to conduct factfinding missions, advocacy, and other activities;
  • Deliver outputs in a timely manner, consistent with agreed strategies and priorities;
  • Participate in the recruitment and induction of new staff, consultants, volunteers, and interns;
  • Perform all necessary administrative tasks;
  • Carry out other duties as required.



  • Substantial experience in conducting research on human rights or related issues
  • Knowledge of South Korea, North Korea, Japan, or Mongolia, preferably first-hand experience working in any of these countries, and a good understanding of their key human rights concerns, as well as related political, social, legal, economic, cultural, ethnic, racial and gender issues
  • Ability to speak at least one of the local languages used in South Korea, North Korea, Japan, or Mongolia;
  • Ability to understand and express ideas in English in a fluent, clear, logical, and concise way, both orally and in writing, and to draft different types of documents, including extended reports, government correspondence, and media and action materials


  • Ability to deal in a sensitive and understanding manner with a variety of people, including survivors of human rights violations and others who may be distressed
  • Ability to exercise sound political judgment and rigorous analysis to develop effective strategies to improve human rights conditions in the region
  • Ability to represent Amnesty International effectively to external stakeholders; and to communicate Amnesty International's concerns, positions
  • Experience in writing research materials for a variety of audiences
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights, e.g. through previous work, membership of a human rights organization, involvement in advocacy of human rights, etc.
  • Experience of managing conflicting demands, meeting deadlines, and adjusting priorities
  • Ability and willingness to undertake personal administrative tasks in accordance with Amnesty International's guidelines on self-servicing
  • Understanding of equal opportunities, cultural diversity and gender issues as well as a commitment to apply relevant policies


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.

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.


If you are talented, passionate about human rights and want to use your skills, knowledge and experience to change the world then we would encourage you to click 'Apply for this Role' below.

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

N.B. We reserve the right to close a vacancy before the closing date in the event of an overwhelming response or a change in business priorities.

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Posted on: 07 May 2021
Closed date: 21 May 2021
Job ref: 2963
Tags: Policy/Research