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 vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations. After more than 50 years of groundbreaking achievements, Amnesty International is now embarking on a major process of evolution, to adapt to the dramatic changes in the world we operate in, and to increase the impact of our human rights work.
The Regional Office for East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes is a critical part of Amnesty International’s International Secretariat which operates from several sites around the world, gathering and communicating accurate and action-oriented human rights information globally.
ABOUT THE ROLE
This is a senior management role that leads on strategic and operational aspects of research for the Regional Office for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes. The DRD Research leads a relatively new team of researchers and others to track, research and report on major human rights trends, developments and key drivers of human rights violations in the region, including legal, political and socio-economic factors. The DRD will support the Regional Director in the management of the Regional Office and strategic allocation of the resources, and contribute to the development, management and implementation of the research strategy and overall operational plans of the Regional Office. Finally, the DRD – Research manages and supervises research staff, oversees effective management of budgetary resources and works closely with the Deputy Regional Director- Campaigns to ensure integrated working of a multifunctional office.
We are seeking a leader who can motivate and inspire the Regional Office for the East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes’ research team. You will have demonstrated knowledge and direct experience of the human rights and political economy context of East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes region, expert understanding of the international human rights law and standards as they apply to research and relevant regional and national legal frameworks.
You will also possess an in-depth experience of human rights research for advocacy purposes, conducting research using a range of appropriate methodologies, analysing and presenting findings, identifying advocacy targets, and applying research-based analysis to campaigning for human rights change. You will have experience in coaching researchers to grow in capacity and confidence. You will have knowledge and experience of field security issues and the ability to manage them appropriately, ideally gained through work in conflict or other high risk human rights contexts. Finally you will have excellent writing and editing skills, and be able to exercise high level political judgement, strategic thinking and strong emotional intelligence.
The mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people fight for their rights. In order to be effective, Amnesty International’s (AI) International Secretariat needs to change how we work. That’s why we have opened an East Africa Regional Office in Kenya. And why we need your field research expertise with us on the ground.
ABOUT THE ROLE
As a research-based campaigning organization, investigating and documenting human rights issues is fundamental to our advocacy and lobbying work. Our Field and thematic researcher on conflict, and on Somalia, will take the lead in initiating research and action for change on human rights issues from the East Africa regional office by providing regional and thematic expertise, excellent research skills and sound political judgement. An action oriented approach to your work is essential. You will be required to conduct and co-ordinate research activities, monitor, investigate and analyse political, legal and social developments and human rights conditions, give authoritative advice on these areas and prepare human rights action materials.
With experience of working on human rights issues, you must have first-hand in-depth knowledge and experience of Somalia, of researching conflict situations and an understanding and awareness of the cultures of the Region. You'll have a background in activism, academia, law or journalism with the ability to identify and thoroughly investigate those issues and ensure our voice has authority. With your extensive experience of working from the region you will have a strong network and rich experience of undertaking this kind of sensitive work in the field. A natural collaborator you will need proven research and influential communication skills including excellent writing skills, impartial political judgement, coupled with strong strategic thought. Fluency in English is essential, fluency in Somali would be an added advantage.
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