Amnesty Researcher, Johannesburg Jobs in South Africa

Amnesty Researcher, Johannesburg Jobs in South Africa

Job Purpose

  • 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.

    About You

    Main Responsibilities

  • 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

  • Organize, take part in and lead in 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 management, mission participants and internal or external stakeholders; and represent AISA in the field.

  • Where agreed, represent AISA with external stakeholders, including in governmental, inter-governmental
    and at various public forums, as well as to all forms of news media, civil society organizations and political, economic and other actors; and to communicate AISA’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

    Skills and Experience

  • 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.


  • 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.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Amnesty Researcher, Johannesburg Jobs in South Africa

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