Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide organization working to end human rights violations. As Refugee and Migrants’ Rights Officer you will provide authoritative legal and policy thematic advice to country and thematic specialists in the International Secretariat, sections and structures, will develop Amnesty International’s (AI) policy positions, and carry out advocacy work to uphold the rights of refugees and migrants. You will respond to emerging human rights issues in relation to the above themes.
You will have specialist extensive knowledge of refugee law and human rights law; professional experience in human rights; working knowledge of international law relevant to migrants’ rights; policy development experience; ability to conduct in-depth research to very high standards; good interpersonal skills; project management and organisational skills; excellent communication skills. You will have experience of planning, organizing and prioritising work under pressure and to deadlines. The post holder will work on both refugee and migrants’ rights issues, and occasionally internal displacement.
Please do note that we hope to hold interviews on or around the week commencing 24th May.
JOB PURPOSE: Conduct research, develop Amnesty International’s policy positions, and carry out advocacy work to uphold the rights of refugees, migrants, internally displaced and stateless persons. To provide authoritative legal and policy thematic advice to country and thematic specialists in the International Secretariat, sections and structures. To develop the movement’s strategic goals and responses to emerging human rights issues in relation to the above themes. Reporting to: Head of the Refugee and Migrants’ Rights Team The post has no line management responsibilities but may involve the supervision of volunteers and interns Other key relationships: International Secretariat teams, section refugee and migrants’ rights coordinators, teams within the Global Thematic Issues Programme, other NGOs (international, regional and national), United Nations agencies including UNHCR and other international organizations including International Organisation for Migration. DEPARTMENT PURPOSE: The Global Thematic Issues programme leads the development and application of policies and strategies that maximize the effectiveness of Amnesty International's research, advocacy and campaigning to promote human rights and end human rights violations, and through its thematic work develops the analysis of global trends, provides authoritative policy and legal advice to the movement, conducts research, publishes reports and leads the movement’s work on key thematic issues.
Provide expert legal, policy and thematic advice on refugee and migrant rights’ law, policies and issues, individual cases, and related issues to Amnesty International staff, sections/structures, and other Amnesty International membership bodies, including by reviewing and approving Amnesty International materials, to ensure accuracy and relevance, the integration of these issues into relevant Amnesty International work, and consistent and coordinated implementation of these policies and strategies.
Develop Amnesty International policy, standards and guidelines in relation to refugees, migrants, internally displaced persons, and stateless persons to enable the International Secretariat and movement to call for effective protection of their human rights.
Undertake quality research, including by organizing or participating in field research missions, to contribute to Amnesty International strategies for the protection of refugees, migrants, internally displaced persons, and stateless persons.
Write timely and effective reports, briefings, correspondence, action materials, press releases, and other internal and external documents to contribute to Amnesty International strategies for the protection of refugees, migrants, internally displaced persons, and stateless individuals.
Represent Amnesty International at relevant meetings, regularly reporting back to the refugee and migrants’ rights team, other parts of the International Secretariat, and the movement, and develop media contacts and otherwise act as an Amnesty International expert spokesperson on these issues to raise public awareness of Amnesty International and its calls for action, build support for concrete recommendations for change, and position Amnesty International at the forefront of the human rights movement.
Contribute to the development and implementation of a comprehensive training and development program for International Secretariat and targeted sections, including by preparing training materials and leading in training initiatives for Amnesty International staff and membership.
Policy guidance is timely, succinct, and accurate.
Reports and other documents are carefully researched, compellingly written, and delivered on schedule.
Strategic opportunities for policy development, research, lobbying, and public intervention are taken and are created.
Other Amnesty International staff and the staff of other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) turn to the postholder for his or her recognised expertise.
Proven extensive knowledge of refugee law and international issues.
Specialist legal qualifications in international refugee and human rights law.
Professional experience in human rights or related field - professional experience working on refugee/migrant issues strongly desirable.
Excellent organizational skills.
Experience in policy development.
Excellent analytical skills.
Excellent advisory and communication skills.
Excellent team skills.
Good external representational skills.
Salary: Full time salary of £37,584 per annum (pro rata for part time staff) Hours: 35 hours per week Location: Central London Contract duration: Fixed term contract until 30th May 2011 Holidays: Full time staff receive 27 days per annum plus two Amnesty International grace day and statuatory and national public holidays. Office hours: 09.30 - 17.30 or 10.00 - 18.00 by arrangement Life insurance: Amnesty International provide a Death in Service benefit of 4 x gross salary. Pension: After six consecutive months of service staff are automatically enrolled in the Amnesty International Superannuation Scheme. This is a defined contribution to which Amnesty International contributes 7% of gross salary and will match individual employee contributions up to an additional 3%. Probation: A six month probation period will be included in the contract for this position. Relocation: A generous relocation assistance package will be available for staff members (and their dependents) recruited from over 80km/50 miles from the International Secretariat office in which the post is based. Work Permit: Should it be possible to obtain a UK work permit for this post? Possibly, depending upon individual eligibility under the Home Office's points based system. Individuals should ascertain their eligibility to work in the UK in this post before applying for a London based job with Amnesty International by using the points based calculator at http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/pointscalculator. Please note that your application would be as a Tier 2 (Skilled worker) in the General category and Amnesty International would provide sponsorship as a Level-A sponsor if the candidate does meet the other requisite points. Health and Safety: All staff are required to comply with Amnesty International's policy and rules relating to Health and Safety and its security regulations at work.
Equality and diversity is at the core of our values and staff, volunteers and interns are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.
Public or other activity, affiliation to or support for any group or organization, personal association or other factor which may generate a real or perceived conflict of interest with AI's principles (specifically independence and impartiality), or raise a security concern, or otherwise prevent the candidate from carrying out key functions of the specific post and would therefore disqualify the candidate from being appointed.