Researcher/Adviser - USA (1703)

  • Closing Date:
    27 March 2017
  • Directorate:
    Global Operations
  • Location:
    Washington DC
  • Type:
  • Working Hours:
  • Salary:
    $89,206 + benefits
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Amnesty International is shifting its centralized International Secretariat (IS) into a more strong, coherent and visible presence in strategic locations in the global South. 

In the Americas, we are developing a stronger presence with our structures in the region: the Regional Office in the Americas based in Mexico City, a Sub-regional Office for the Southern Cone and the Andean Region in Lima, Peru, and a small presence of IS research and campaign staff in Washington. Being closer to the ground will enable us to operate with greater speed and relevance and to be more agile and responsible to the demands of our human rights agenda.

Amnesty International’s Americas Region is looking for an experienced Researcher for USA to be based in our Washington office and contribute to the development and implementation of a research and advocacy agenda, lead human rights research projects and aid capacity building efforts.


As a research-based campaigning organization, investigating and documenting human rights issues is fundamental to our advocacy work and long-lasting strategies for change. Our USA Researcher/Adviser will take the lead in initiating human rights research and action by providing country and thematic expertise, excellent research skills and sound political judgement. A global campaign oriented approach to the 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, document individual cases and prepare human rights action materials. You will represent Amnesty International in the field and elsewhere, including with government officials, media, peer organizations and other audiences.


With experience of working on human rights issues, you must have first-hand in-depth knowledge and experience of the socio-political and economic context in USA, and of regional and global human rights trends. You have preferably experience on human rights issues related to MIGRATION, DISCRIMINATION, LGBTI and/or POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY. You have a background in activism, academia, social science, law or journalism with the ability to identify and thoroughly investigate those issues and ensure our voice has authority. You have solid experience of working in the human rights field with demonstrated knowledge of international human rights standards. With your extensive experience of working from the Americas region, you have a strong network and rich experience of undertaking this kind of sensitive work in the field. A natural collaborator, you need proven research and influential communication skills, impartial political judgement, coupled with strong strategic thought. 


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.


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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