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Organization: Amnesty International
Country: Mexico
Closing date: 03 Jun 2017

Regional Researcher (Fixed Term Contract 1 year) – (Regional Office Mexico)

Amnesty International is shifting its centralized International Secretariat (IS) into a more strong, coherent and visible presence in strategic locations in the global South.

In the Americas, we are developing a stronger presence through a regional office in Mexico City 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 enables us to operate with greater speed and relevance and to be more agile and responsible to the demands of our human rights agenda.

Amnesty International’s Regional Office is looking for an experienced Researcher for the Americas and the Caribbean region to contribute to addressing human rights violations in the region, with emphasis on Central America.


As a research-based and campaigning organization, investigating and documenting human rights issues is fundamental to our long-term strategies for change. Our Regional Researcher will take the lead in initiating human rights research and action by providing methodological expertise, excellent documentation skills and sound political judgement when situations affecting and/or threatening human rights develop in different countries across the Americas and the Caribbean, especially in Central America. A campaign oriented approach to the work is essential. You will be required to analyse human rights violation cases and co-ordinate research activities, monitor, investigate and examine political, legal and social developments and human rights conditions, give authoritative advice on these areas and ensure your evidence-based outputs are fit for different audiences and for a global movement of activists . You will represent Amnesty International in the field and elsewhere, including with government officials, media, peer organizations and other audiences


With experience of working on human rights issues, you must have first-hand in-depth knowledge of the regional socio-political context of the Americas, especially Central America. You have experience on working on pressing issues in the region, such as the current context affecting Human Rights Defenders. You are a creative researcher with experience in applying new methodologies and technologies for human rights research. You have strong documentation skills are able to provide rapid but sound analysis of complex situations. You have a background in activism, academia, social science, law or journalism with the ability to identify and thoroughly investigate those issues and ensure our voice has authority. You have knowledge of international human rights standards and familiarity with regional and universal mechanisms for the protection of human rights. With your extensive experience of working from the Americas region, you have a strong network and rich experience of undertaking this kind of sensitive work in the field. A natural collaborator, you need proven research and influential communication skills, impartial political judgement, coupled with strong strategic thought. You have excellent written and verbal Spanish and English.


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.

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If you are talented, passionate about human rights and want to use your skills, knowledge and experience to change the world then we would encourage you to click ‘Apply for this Role’ below.

Freedom, Justice, Equality. Let's get to work.

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