Researcher, Johannesburg (2853)

  • Closing Date:
    11 August 2020
  • Directorate:
    Amnesty International National Office
  • Location:
  • Type:
    Fixed Term Contract
  • Duration:
    12 Months
  • Working Hours:


As Amnesty International’s Researcher on South Africa, this post will lead on the development and implementation of an overarching evidence-based research strategy which will feed into AISA’s campaigning and growth strategies to deliver impact in relation to agreed priorities and the overall theory of change. This will include conducting and writing up research and policy briefs; research management and providing relevant facts and analysis  to support ongoing and new areas of work.



  • Lead on the development, implementation and delivery of a relevant and high-impact research strategy based on agreed priorities in South Africa.
  • Be proactive in gathering of information, evidence and data around human rights violations in South Africa and produce it in a format to allow it to be utilized by the campaigns, media and growth teams.
  • Monitor, research, investigate and analyze human rights-related developments in order to provide timely, accurate, independent and impartial assessments and expert advice on the human rights situation that is relevant to South Africa.


  • A Degree in Social Sciences, Law, Economics, Development, Human Rights or any other related fields.
  • At least five years of experience in working in a similar position.
  • Proven experience of undertaking research on human rights, economic, social and cultural rights or related issues and producing research reports and/or policy briefs.
  • Specialist knowledge of South Africa and an in-depth understanding of the nature of key human rights concerns, as well as historical, political, social, legal, economic, cultural, ethnic, racial and gender issues in them.
  • Ability to exercise good political judgment, thorough analysis and diplomacy to develop effective strategies to impact on human rights in South Africa and globally.



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.



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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