Up to £60014 per annum
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Are you excited by new approaches for human rights research? Do open source intelligence and data analysis inspire you? Amnesty International’s Evidence Lab, which sits within our Crisis Response programme, is looking for a Senior Adviser to join our multi-disciplinary team for a one-year parental leave cover. 

This is a dynamic role participating in the full breadth of the Evidence Lab’s research and analysis in support of Amnesty’s global human rights efforts – including, but not limited to, the handling of large data sets, the use of open source information, and the analysis of geospatial data.

The successful candidate will come up with and work on some of the most innovative and ground-breaking research in human rights research today. The latest examples of work from the Evidence Lab team include Amnesty Decoders, Smokescreen, our headline-generating investigation into the extreme use of force against protests in Iraq in 2019  and our recent data-analysis of health-worker deaths due to COVID-19.  You would also be working in the team that runs Amnesty’s award-winning Digital Verification Corps.


You will be able to show your track record of using innovative methodologies to deliver successful and impactful research in human rights, journalism or humanitarian work and you love working in a team to find the best solutions to a problem. 

You will be experienced using information sources such as large datasets, open source information,  and geo-spatial data, as well as other feasible information sources to conduct research and use the findings to present evidence and tell stories differently and engagingly. You will be able to show how you have integrated these research methodologies into research practices, in particular while bringing other people – especially sceptics - along with you.

You will have experience of leading complex projects from initiation to completion, building coalitions within organisations, managing partnerships outside your organisation, and engaging and managing consultants.

You will be able to work collaboratively with team members from a diverse range of backgrounds and be able to mentor and support colleagues across the Amnesty movement, but you will also be able to work and succeed autonomously. It would be great if you also have experience in working in an international setting – especially outside the ‘global north’.

We’re really looking for a colleague who is team-minded and is a doer. Because we’re a dispersed team, we also hope you are organised, follow through on your commitments and hold yourself – and the rest of your team - accountable. We work hard, but we do so with humour, and we know good human rights work takes time.  As our team works with colleagues across the globe, there is the need for some flexibility in taking early morning or later evening calls – but we commit, as a team, to taking care of each other and ensuring a flexible working environment because ensuring work-life balance and wellbeing are important to us.



  • Identify, assess, and scale new research and analysis tools and techniques for Amnesty International’s research, as well as the exposition and presentation of Amnesty’s research findings.
  • Respond to, and proactively meet, the analytic needs of the research directorate as they arise, most frequently requests for assistance from researchers or research teams with the purpose of increasing the speed, specificity, and evidentiary strength of Amnesty’s reporting.
  • Facilitate and support training and capacity building with IS staff globally on 
  • verification and remote sensing methodology and new tools and techniques.
  • Evaluate and develop Amnesty International’s capacities related to remote sensing, digital forensics, and videographic analysis and work with relevant management to secure resources and capacities to address extant and future needs.
  • Develop and maintain best methods for Amnesty’s collection, analysis, and treatment of information, especially digital materials related to remote sensing, digital forensics, and videographic analysis.
  • Lead vendor negotiations necessary for Amnesty International’s analytic and research needs specifically as they related to access to sensor data and analytic services.
  • Develop and manage a roster of experts and analysts, both volunteers and contractors, to meet research and analysis needs in the course of Amnesty’s handling of remote sensing data & found digital materials.
  • Coordinate and lead external analysts to meet research needs.
  • Serve as a key staffer in Amnesty’s crisis response research.
  • Participate in research design and the research process as needed across all regional programmes and the Global Thematic Issues programme.
  • Provide ad hoc and regular training and skills transfer opportunities to Amnesty staff and volunteers, especially in the area of remote sensing, videographic analysis, and desk research relying on primarily digital tools or media.
  • Pro-actively develop written and interactive training resources and materials on all-
  • Source intelligence for relevant research teams and other audiences in Amnesty International.
  • Represent Amnesty International in relevant networks related to methodological advancements in human rights investigations and build relationships with people, organizations, and within sectors that may serve to advance the goals above 


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.

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.

For further information on our benefits, please visit our website.


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: 04 August 2020
Closed date: 18 August 2020
Job ref: 2858
Tags: Policy/Research