The Regional Office for East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes is a critical part of Amnesty International’s International Secretariat which operates from several sites around the world, gathering and communicating accurate and action-oriented human rights information globally.
About the role
This is a senior management role that leads on strategic and operational aspects of research for the Regional Office for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes. The DRD Research leads a relatively new team of researchers and others to track, research and report on major human rights trends, developments and key drivers of human rights violations in the region, including legal, political and socio-economic factors. The DRD will support the Regional Director in the management of the Regional Office and strategic allocation of the resources, and contribute to the development, management and implementation of the research strategy and overall operational plans of the Regional Office. Finally, the DRD – Research manages and supervises research staff, oversees effective management of budgetary resources and works closely with the Deputy Regional Director- Campaigns to ensure integrated working of a multifunctional office.
We are seeking a leader who can motivate and inspire the Regional Office for the East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes’ research team. You will have demonstrated knowledge and direct experience of the human rights and political economy context of East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes region, expert understanding of the international human rights law and standards as they apply to research and relevant regional and national legal frameworks. You will also possess an in-depth experience of human rights research for advocacy purposes, conducting research using a range of appropriate methodologies, analysing and presenting findings, identifying advocacy targets, and applying research-based analysis to campaigning for human rights change. You will have experience in coaching researchers to grow in capacity and confidence. You will have knowledge and experience of field security issues and the ability to manage them appropriately, ideally gained through work in conflict or other high risk human rights contexts. Finally you will have excellent writing and editing skills, and be able to exercise high level political judgement, strategic thinking and strong emotional intelligence.