Regional Director - East Africa (1917)

  • Closing Date:
    1 September 2017
  • Directorate:
    Global Operations
  • Location:
  • Type:
    Fixed Term Contract
  • Duration:
    18 Months
  • Working Hours:
  • Salary:
    USD 108,377 + Benefits


Amnesty International has embarked on a global transition programme to ensure a more impactful and truly global presence for the movement. A movement that acts with greater legitimacy, speed, capacity and relevance as we stand alongside those whose rights are violated. We are adapting to a changing world by building on Amnesty International’s 50+ years of ground-breaking achievements for justice and freedom. We believe that by deepening our work in new global offices, including in the global South, we will be even more in line with our mission and core values. Our activists and staff around the world will have increased direct and indirect contact with defenders, partners and human rights violations in different parts of the world with our International Secetariat staff “closer to the ground”. As we build significant membership in the South, we will see international solidarity and democratic decision-making in full bloom.

In the past few years we have opened Regional Offices in Dakar, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Mexico City, Lima, Beirut, Tunis with other locations to come. 


As Regional Director and leader of our presence in East Africa, we will look to you to tackle a diverse range of human rights issues, developing and adapting our global strategies within the region, representing the organisation at the highest levels and developing effective external relationships. You will lead a multi-functional team to develop and deliver effective research, campaigns, advocacy, communications, growth and fundraising plans. You will need to create a culture of collaboration and integration as you establish the office, support your staff and take accountability for managing resources and increasing the impact of our work, while also guaranteeing that your team retain all that is distinctive about Amnesty, including our values & beliefs, our global identity, coherence and consistency, our independence and impartiality and the centrality of the individual.


A politically astute, experienced, inspirational and resilient leader, you will bring your expert knowledge and experience as a leader capable of influencing the direction of Amnesty International’s work and increasing our impact in the East Africa region.You will have a good grasp of human rights and a track record of standing up for human rights and social justice; as well as sound knowledge of regional political and social contexts that comes from living and working in the region. This is complemented by your awareness of membership and constituency building, fundraising and media visibility within the region. You’ll be a strategic thinker who can prioritise, create plans, manage staff directly and in a global matrix, allocate resources and maintain a strong network of government, NGO and media contacts. So you’ll have the communication, presentation and advocacy skills needed to represent Amnesty International to a variety of audiences, along with the credibility to influence them and effect positive change.


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 https://www.amnesty.org/en/careers/benefits/


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.



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

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