- LEGAL OR POLICY ADVISER - LONDON, UK
£48,176 a year - Permanent
Legal or Policy Adviser – Rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, expression, association, peaceful assembly, and privacy
Amnesty International is seeking a Legal or Policy Adviser to provide law and policy advice 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, including the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, expression, association, peaceful assembly, and privacy; to contribute to the further development of the organisation’s policies on a wide range of human rights issues, including the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, expression, association, peaceful assembly, and privacy; to monitor developments at inter-governmental organisations and in other relevant forums relevant to standards, policies and practices, such as those pertaining to the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, expression, association, peaceful assembly, and privacy, and identify opportunities for pro-active engagement in collaboration with the relevant AI Programmes and Sections; to support the organisation’s strategic litigation on specified areas of human rights.
While based in London, the post-holder should be available for travel, including to Amnesty International’s Regional Offices, and will be required to participate in some international meetings.
About the role:
As Legal or Policy Adviser you will work closely with country and thematic researchers, advocates, media officers and campaigners in the International Secretariat and Sections/Structures to ensure human rights law and the organisation’s human rights policies are applied and advocated in an effective manner through research projects, advocacy initiatives, media and campaigns. You will lead on and/or significantly contribute to specific projects and activities related to the organisation’s priorities, primarily those pertaining to the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, expression, association, peaceful assembly, and privacy. You will also work with colleagues in the Law and Policy Programme to ensure effective, coherent and timely output reviews and policy consultations. You will be expected to bring and further develop specific areas of expertise, in particular on the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, expression, association, peaceful assembly, and privacy. You may also be required to provide specific support on issues pertaining to the rights of detainees, migrants and refugees.
Depending on the post-holder’s background and experience, the position will be one of Legal Adviser or Policy Adviser.
This position is located within the Law and Policy Programme (LPP) and the Office of the Senior Director for International Law and Policy, and the post-holder will be line managed by the LPP Deputy Director heading the Freedoms and Justice team. As this position will be shared with the Office of the Senior Director for International Law and Policy, the Senior Director (SD) will matrix manage the post-holder in relation to the tasks assigned as part of the SD Office’s priorities.
You will have substantial expertise and professional experience in human rights law. Particular expertise on the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, expression, association, peaceful assembly, and privacy would be a significant asset. Knowledge of human rights issues related to detention, migrants and refugees would be additional assets. You will have experience in the legal profession, in inter-governmental organisations and/or human rights NGOs. You will have demonstrated legal drafting and analytical skills, e.g. through experience in the application of international law. You will also bring strong advisory and communication skills, including with a view to conduct effective advocacy.
You will have experience of planning, organizing and prioritising work under pressure and to deadlines. Excellent team skills are essential in this position. You will also have excellent external representational skills. You will have outstanding written and verbal English; the ability to work to in another widely used language is an advantage.
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.
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.
For further information on our benefits, please visit https://www.amnesty.org/en/careers/benefits/
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Job posted on 29 June 2018.
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