Regional researcher Job Vacancy in Horn of Africa - Amnesty International

Position Title: Regional researcher – Horn of Africa


Are you passionate about Human Rights? Do you have experience conducting research and advocacy strategies across the Horn of Africa?


As Amnesty International's lead expert on the Horn of Africa, covering Ethiopia and Eritrea, to lead on the development and implementation of overarching intersectional research and advocacy strategies to deliver impact on agreed strategic priorities, providing research expertise, research management, political judgment and analytical, communication and representational skills.


A collaborative, driven and conscientious researcher, you will have expert knowledge of human rights in the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the human rights and international humanitarian law framework. You will have excellent research, analytical and writing skills, experience leading in-country and remote research, a track record of publications, and experience with high-level advocacy. Your previous work will demonstrate your ability to cultivate partnerships and networks with local, regional and international civil society organizations. You will be resilient, have credibility in the Horn of Africa and impeccable political judgment. You are committed to embedding anti-racism, intersectionality and decolonial thinking in your work and the team's wider culture.


Key responsibilities will include (please refer to JD for full list):

  • Lead on the development and implementation of overarching human rights research and advocacy strategies to deliver impact in relation to agreed priorities on the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as thematically in line with our regional strategy.
  • Research and provide timely, accurate, independent and impartial assessments and expert advice on the human rights situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • Organize, participate and/or lead on-the-ground and remote research and other missions for information-gathering, fact-finding, analysis and assessment of human rights concerns, including in response to crisis situations.
  • Supervise external research consultants or assistants.
  • Draft and edit timely and effective reports, briefings, position papers, correspondence, press releases, campaign materials and other external or internal documents.
  • Lead advocacy and represent Amnesty International to external stakeholders, including governments, inter-governmental organizations, the media and civil society.
  • Cultivate partnerships and networks with local, regional and international civil society organizations.
  • Act as a spokesperson on the Horn of Africa and, as delegated by regional management, on other regional or thematic issues, if requested.
  • Promote teamwork, integrated ways of working, liaising closely with campaigns and communications staff to achieve human rights impact.
  • Provide cover for other regional office staff as agreed with management.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE (please refer to the JD for a full list)

  • Specialist knowledge and first-hand experience of Ethiopia and Eritrea; 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 regionally and in these countries; experience working at a regional level desirable.
  • Deep understanding of human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law, and specialist experience working in/or conflicts.
  • Strong political judgment and influencing skills.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills, demonstrated in a range of publications, and substantial experience in planning and leading in-country research missions, as well as remote research.
  • Ability to understand and express ideas in English and, ideally, in Amharic, Tigrinya and/or other local languages, in a fluent, clear and concise way, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong credibility and relationship building and advocacy skills, including a relevant network and experience of influencing governments, intergovernmental bodies, and media.
  • Experience cultivating networks and partnerships with local, regional and international civil society organizations.
  • Personal resilience and ability to deal in a sensitive and understanding manner with a variety of people, including survivors of human rights violations.
  • Experience in negotiating and working collaboratively – within a team and externally.


Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 10 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We reach almost every country in the world.

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.

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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 communities.

Amnesty International encourages candidates from all over the world to apply, subject to visa requirements, a relocation package can be offered.


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.

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