Deputy Regional Director, Research – South East Asia

Bangkok | Bangkok

Deputy Regional Director, Research – South East Asia
$77,238 provisional salary

Amnesty International has embarked on a major change process to transform the way we address our internal and external challenges, and to strengthen our global movement ensuring an enhanced human rights impact. In this context, we are shifting our centralized International Secretariat (IS) into a more strong, coherent and visible presence in strategic locations in the global South.

In Asia-Pacific, we are developing a stronger presence by opening a regional office in Bangkok and de-concentrating some of the functions we currently base in the International Secretariat office in London, including our research and campaign capacity. Being closer to the ground is intended to enable Amnesty International to operate with greater speed and relevance and to be more agile and responsible to the demands of our human rights agenda. In the coming years, we will transform not just our structures and ways to function and operate, but we will also harness the remarkable people-power of our IS staff, our sections and members.

Amnesty International’s Regional Office is looking for an experienced human rights expert to manage our regional Research programme and develop strong strategies to document human rights abuses and violations, as well as to advocate for justice and the protection and promotion of human rights.

About the role

Reporting to the Regional Director, the Deputy Director for Research will coordinate the development and implementation of the sub-regional research and advocacy strategies and providing political advice to the Director for South-East Asia and the Pacific, as well as supporting broader regional thematic issues where relevant. You will contribute to deliver powerful regional and country research reports and other publications that inspire people to act. You will manage a group of experienced researchers and human rights experts and develop and oversee innovative research strategies and methodologies. You will represent Amnesty International in the field and elsewhere, including with senior government officials, media, peer organizations and other audiences.

At the same time, as one of two Deputy Directors of the Regional Office, you will work closely with the Regional Director to set up and manage the regional operation, manage budgets and motivate and inspire regional staff. Indeed, you will be integral to the corporate management of the International Secretariat, deputising for the Regional Director whenever necessary.

About you

You are an expert on the human rights context in the region, with a strong background in research and advocacy, possessing impressive political judgement and management skills. You are likely to come to us from a similar role with another human rights organization and will have first-hand knowledge of the South-East Asia and Pacific regions. The proven ability to get the best out of people is vital too, whether that is through coaching, mentoring, capacity building or training.

Having worked in a similar leadership role in a complex human rights organization, you have no problem managing cross-functional, multi-cultural teams; and you certainly know how to adjust priorities, hit deadlines and adapt to fast-changing political situations. You have excellent external representational skills. Above all, you have the collaborative and creative approach needed to generate human rights agendas that resonate and get results. You will have excellent written and oral English and a level of written and oral fluency in a language indigenous to the region.

About us

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We reach almost every country in the world and have:

  • more than 2 million members and supporters who drive forward our fight for rights
  • more than 5 million activists who strengthen our calls for justice

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. We can only do this because of the generous donations from millions of people around the world.

Closing date: 7 February 2016

To find out more and to apply, please click the apply link

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Amnesty International
  • Location: Bangkok | Bangkok
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-07

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