Legal Advisor/Policy Advisor Job Vacancy in Kenya

Amnesty International

Position Title: Legal Advisor/Policy Advisor


The purpose of this role is to provide law and policy advice, training and guidance to Amnesty International’s International Secretariat, including its various Regional Offices, and the broader movement on specified areas of human rights and related positions of the organisation, with a particular focus on police and human rights. You will contribute to the organisation’s global campaign on the right to protest in all areas related to policing, in particular by way of specialist advice and training; to help further develop Amnesty’s work on military, security and policing and facilitate partnerships between civil society groups working on the aforementioned areas; as well as contribute to the further development of the organisation’s policies on a wide range of human rights issues.

This role is a 14-month fixed-term contract; it may be subject to extension.


As someone with experience working in or with the police, the legal profession, in inter-governmental organisations, human rights NGOs or social movements, you will have a sound understanding of human rights law, particularly as it relates to military, security and policing. You will have strong advisory, advocacy and communication skills, with experience undertaking strategic human rights litigation.

Fluency in English is essential, whilst fluency in either French, Spanish or Arabic is highly desirable.


  • Develop Amnesty’s work on police and human rights in partnership with AINL’s Police and Human Rights Programme.
  • Significantly contribute to the organisation’s global campaign on the right to protest in all areas related to policing, in particular by way of specialist advice, coaching, training and other relevant capacity building support.
  • Lead, help develop and/or support research, drafting, advocacy, policy, training and standard-setting activities.
  • Help further develop Amnesty’s work on military, security and policing, and facilitate partnerships between civil society groups working on these areas.


  • Substantial expertise and professional experience in human rights law.
  • Particular experience and expertise on police and human rights, including from an operational policing perspective, is essential, while expertise on other relevant military, security and policing areas as well as on the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment would be a key asset.
  • Good knowledge of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly is essential, while good knowledge on the rights to freedom of expression and/or association as well as relevant areas of criminal justice and administrative practices affecting protests and protest movements would be a strong asset.
  • Excellent written and verbal English is essential; in addition, the ability to work to a high professional level in another widely used language, such as Arabic, Spanish or French, will be an advantage.

Please see the attached job description for more information on responsibilities, skills and experience required.


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.

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.

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