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Amnesty International Vacancy for Rese archer-West Africa

Amnesty International

RESEARCHER (WEST AFRICA) (2726)

  • Closing Date:18 March 2020
  • Directorate:Deputy Secretary General
  • Location:Dakar
  • Type:Fixed Term Contract
  • Duration:18 months
  • Working Hours:35
  • Salary:€57,390

Researcher (Francophone West Africa)

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. Our West Africa regional office works to ensure respect for human rights, and for equal and just societies throughout a vast and diverse geographical area.

About the role

  • Lead on the development and implementation of overarching research and campaigning strategies to deliver impact in relation to agreed priorities on West Africa, including strategies to identify the most effective ways to address human rights concerns; and to lead on designing specific projects and producing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating plans for both these and initiatives originated by others
  • 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 in West Africa
  • Organize, take part in and lead, where agreed, field research and other missions, leading specifically on information-gathering, fact-finding, analysis and assessment of human rights concerns, including in response to crisis situations; prepare, where necessary, security assessments, political and other briefings in relation to the mission for International Secretariat management, mission participants and internal or external stakeholders; and represent Amnesty International in the field
  • Represent Amnesty International to external stakeholders, including in governmental, inter-governmental and various public forums, as well as to all forms of news media, civil society organizations and political, economic and other actors; and to communicate Amnesty International’s concerns, positions and, where relevant, campaign strategies to external and internal stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain effective constituencies of public and confidential contacts and partners in and outside the organization – such as human rights activists, members of legal and other professions, UN agencies and governmental representatives – to optimize information gathering and verification and the development and implementation of effective strategies and plans
  • Write reports and other materials for publication and internal use and contribute to and provide expert advice in relation to written and other materials produced by other programmes
  • Manage research, oversee the research work carried out by the team and others and, as appropriate, to contribute to the selection of external consultants and supervise, support, coordinate and provide expert advice on their work

About you

  • Proven experience of undertaking research on human rights or related issues;
  • Specialist knowledge and preferably first-hand experience of relevant countries in the West Africa region, and an in-depth understanding of the nature of key human rights concerns, as well as 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 the region;
  • Ability to represent Amnesty International to external stakeholders; and to communicate Amnesty International’s concerns, positions and, where relevant, strategies to external and internal stakeholders;
  • Proven experience of writing research materials for a variety of audiences, together with an understanding of the importance of tailoring materials for various target audiences including through digital channels.
  • Ability to understand and express ideas in English and French in a fluent, clear and concise way, both orally and in writing; draft text in a variety of styles, e.g. documents such as substantial reports, government correspondence and media and action materials;
  • Ability to deal in a sensitive and understanding manner with a variety of people, including survivors of human rights violations and others who may be distressed;
  • Experience of working in a team and understanding of the importance of efficient communications for the coordination and effective functioning of teams;
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights, e.g. through previous work, membership of an organization, involvement in advocacy of human rights, etc;

About us

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people standing up for human rights. Our network extends to more than two million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries around the world. Each one of us is outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world – and together we work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity.

Please note that any salary figure given is the gross figure, earnings will be subject to relevant local taxation.

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