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Amnesty International - International Secretariat

Regional Director East, SouthEast Asia and Pacific Regional Office

About Amnesty International – International Secretariat

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than seven million people who campaign for a world where all enjoy human rights. It reaches almost every country in the world with:

  • more than two million members and supporters who drive forward the fight for human rights
  • more than five million activists who strengthen calls for justice

Amnesty International’s aim is simple: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, it campaigns for justice, fairness, freedom and truth wherever they are denied. And whether the organisation is applying pressure through powerful research, advocacy or face to face campaigning on an issue, policy engagement, mass demonstrations or online campaigning, it is inspired by hope for a better world—one where human rights are respected and protected by everyone everywhere.

About the Role

  • Lead, and oversee Amnesty International’s country-level work in the region through a high capacity International Secretariat presence currently located in Bangkok, Thailand, with additional placements across the region. 
  • Lead the development and implementation of integrated strategies to deliver human rights impact in and across relevant countries in the region, ensuring they are coherent with globally agreed strategies and priorities and undertaken in collaboration with other key stakeholders within and outside Amnesty International. 
  • Supports all dimensions of Amnesty International’s country-level work as the relevant Section/National Office requires.
  • Ensure the integrated working of the multi-functional office delivering on effective research, advocacy, campaigning, communication, movement-building, growth, fundraising and key relationship-building strategies. 
  • Represent the organisation, strategically advocating AI’s positions and building partnerships. Participate in the leadership, management and development of the International Secretariat and global movement.
  • Responsible for overall risk management of all Amnesty presences in the region.

Purpose of the Role

The Regional office plays a critical role in the Amnesty International Secretariat, gathering and communicating accurate and action-oriented human rights information and delivering on the vision to end grave human rights abuses and build societies respectful of human rights. They campaign for meaningful human rights change, enable effective human rights activism, and persuade governments and other actors to uphold universal human rights standards. Across the region, Amnesty International campaigns for meaningful change supports national entities, enables effective activism and growth and works to persuade governments and other actors to uphold universal human rights standards. The office provides strategic leadership and support, and advice to the Amnesty International movement globally, fostering its contribution, presence and public accountability throughout the world. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

  • Oversee the management of the Regional Office, ensuring effective, cohesive working. 
  • Scan the external world for opportunities and threats, maintain an overview of legal, political, human rights and other relevant developments within the region. 
  • Provide strategic leadership for the work in the region, including development and effective implementation of human rights projects and initiatives (including research, advocacy, campaigns, communications, mobilisation and fundraising) in line with globally agreed priorities. 
  • Enhance Amnesty International’s profile and presence in the region, including by leading the strategy for mobilisation and growth of the movement in the region, playing an oversight role as necessary.
  • Represent Amnesty International, building relationships and undertaking advocacy. 
  • Recruit and manage office staff and ensure performance is managed and talent is nurtured. 
  • Establish and promote an organisational culture of collaboration and cohesion within the office and other offices/programmes in the International Secretariat and wider Amnesty movement.
  • Ensure that the values, standards and priorities of Amnesty International are instilled in and adhered to by staff. 

Quality Assurance and Reporting 

  • Ensure compliance with globally developed quality assurance and impact assessment methodologies to ensure consistency and impartiality and measure human rights impact within the region. 
  • Ensure the timely delivery of agreed plans and that the team reports with sufficient clarity and detail on the impact of their work, including to funders. 
  • Be accountable for all outputs from the regional office in line with globally agreed standards, including research, law and policy standards. 

Finance and Risk Management 

  • Determine the strategic allocation of the Regional Office’s resources. 
  • With support from the Finance and Office Manager, ensure the Regional Office’s compliance with relevant laws, policies and practices and ensure best practice, including sound financial management and regular financial audits as required. 
  • Set, monitor, manage and report on budget and expenditure for the Regional Office and ensure the office has strong financial controls, supported by the Finance and Office Manager. 
  • Be accountable for the duty of care of staff, including where necessary, the development and implementation of internal security, health and safety and human resources policies and standards, supported by the Finance and Office Manager and other staff. 

Skills and Experience

Knowledge and experience

  • Excellent grasp of human rights issues in the region and a clear record of standing up for human rights and social justice.
  • Demonstrated substantive knowledge and understanding of the region’s political, economic, human rights, and social context. 
  • Experience working in a key leadership role in a complex organisation and matrix-managing a cross-functional and multi-cultural team, coaching them toward new ways of working. 
  • Demonstrated experience and capability as a leader who can influence the direction of Amnesty International’s impact within the region, including identifying and accessing the most effective channels for advocacy. 
  • Experience in convening and building collaboration with civil society and maintaining an active network of contacts in governments, domestic civil society, international organisations and media. 
  • Demonstrated experience representing an organisation at the senior level, advocating positions with authority and credibility and dealing with media in the region. 
  • Understanding and/or experience of campaigning and/or mobilisation. 
  • Experience living and working in the region, and the ability to travel regularly.


  • Strategic thinker with a developed capacity to build and convey the “big picture” while enabling others to identify its implications for their daily work; excellent political judgment. 
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others, ensuring delivery under pressure while building collaboration. 
  • Well-developed communication, presentation, advocacy and representational skills for diverse audiences, including donors and the media, and the ability to influence. 
  • Willingness to be accountable and to receive and give performance-related feedback. 
  • Ability to lead and manage staff and financial resources, including setting, managing and monitoring plans and budgets. 
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, including coping with deadlines, multiple tasks and competing demands. 
  • Written and oral fluency in English is essential; speaking one or more languages from the region is highly desirable, other relevant languages desirable.
  • Excellent English writing and editing ability.
  • Ability to work consistently with the organisation’s core behaviours and competencies.