Human Rights Manager Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Amnesty International

Job Description


SALARY RANGE: Kshs 390,000- 445,000 gross with medical and pension only.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

POSTS THAT THIS JOB MANAGES: Campaign Officer, Volunteers, interns

OTHER KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Campaign Managers, Policy Analyst, Finance and Administrative Manager, all Kenya team, IS global housing staff

JOB PURPOSE: Provide campaign leadership and build a large and inclusive national movement that has a significant impact on the protection and promotion of human rights in Kenya and internationally. Delivering an important part of the strategic Framework 2018-2020, this position shall manage mass based state and civic partnerships, online learning and civic engagement strategies to build a youthful human rights movement.

Background Information

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of over three million people committed to campaigning and action to improve human rights standards enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution and International Law. Amnesty International Kenya exists for three primary goals namely to;

Undertake and publish investigative research and information to inform policy dialogue with duty-bearers;
Strengthen civic campaigning capacities to act for our values of national cohesion and constitutionalism;
Promote and protect constitutional values, the bill of rights and the rule of law in Kenya;

The Campaign Manager plays a strategic management role and manages a team of staff and financial resources dedicated to one of the campaigns being run under our organisational Strategic Framework. The office-holder shall work independently to plan and manage campaigns that make significant impact in the lives of persons at risk, allies and duty-bearers. He or she will also play an active role within the Amnesty international campaigner community to shape international campaigns relevant for Kenya and the international human rights movement.


To design, manage and evaluate strategic campaigns and actions taken to deliver Amnesty International Kenya’s overall theory of change, program goals and results
To provide thought-leadership in the specific campaign area being managed, initiate research ideas, inform mass and new media opportunities and spaces
To lead movement-building programs that can attract considerable number of supporters and members, alliances and funding for human rights work in Kenya
Manage the HRE team by ensuring overall team effectiveness, actively managing performance, team welfare, recruitment and onboarding, learning and development and liaising with the Admin team on administrative issues relating to the respective staff.
Manage the HRE budget while ensuring cost effectiveness and alignment to project activities

A change-maker with a passion and understanding of human rights, you will ensure all Amnesty campaigns and actions are underpinned by our theory of change by;

Representing Amnesty and actively promoting the values and obligations contained in the constitution and international human rights standards and covenants;
Leading in and participating in proactive and rapid response campaigns and actions
Managing Amnesty resources towards significant impact with an eye for value for money, integrity and humility;
Recruit, coach and significantly expand relationships with staff, volunteers and members that leaves them enlivened, active and empowered to act on human rights issues;
Shape Amnesty’s research and public positioning in policy dialogues, public events, social and mass media engagement;
Identify, nurture and expand collaboration with a core group of like-minded projects, institutions, duty-bearers, persons at risks, communities and human rights alliances, partners and other civic organisations;
Support and drive online and off-line training and other empowerment tools, spaces and methodologies that supports the emergence of active, empowered and ethical circles of conscience nationally
Engage and support other Amnesty initiatives nationally, regionally and globally in order to build comparative understanding and synergies across the Amnesty movement.


Amnesty Kenya maintains a primary thought-leadership position publicly on human rights, active citizenship and responsive and accountable state
Amnesty International Kenya establishes new practise, tools and approaches that supports bottom up leadership
Quality proactive representation of human rights as a public interest issue within mass and popular culture



Commitment to Amnesty’s organisational values and vision and Kenyan Constitution
Familiarity with the rights-based approach, social justice, citizen empowerment and gender sensitive approaches;
At least 5 years relevant experience in managing staff advocacy, campaigns or other change management;
Demonstrated ability to lead and manage staff and financial resources;
Demonstrated ability to analyze injustice and rights violations and to develop short and long-term strategies to achieve human rights impact and change;
Demonstrated experience of working with the development sector/ social movements/ community organizing to influence duty-bearers
Experience of influencing civic organisations, social movements leaders and mid-level government officials, policy makers and law enforcement officials.
Proven ability to develop strategies and plans and review/adapt them to fast changing political situations, exercising and promoting creative thinking;
Ability to contribute to organizational development
A confident communicator with good analytical, presentation and editorial digital skills;
Team leadership, outstanding social and intercultural skills and proven ability to multi task and work to deadlines, sometimes under pressure
Ability to operate and lead under pressure and in challenging situations; and take quick and firm decisions.


Experience of interviewing and dealing in an appropriate manner with witnesses and survivors of human rights violations especially in responding to education rights denial, neglect and mistreatment of young people both in and out of educational facilities.
Experience of independently designing and delivering impactful and fully integrated campaigns through the complete campaign lifecycle (issue identification, strategy development, campaign delivery, monitoring, campaign exit and impact assessment)
Demonstrated expertise or qualifications in public education, curriculum development, participatory adult learning, online and face to face empowerment learning approaches
Experience of leading several teams simultaneously and contributing to setting priorities, motivating oneself and others, and resolving team conflicts.
Demonstrated extensive and professional use of social media (Twitter, Facebook among others).


The Behaviour Framework focuses on how we work rather than what our job is designed to do. It articulates the behaviours that are expected from a group of professionals who are working effectively together. It includes Delivering results – Working with others – Developing oneself and others – Contributing to a dynamic and effective IS – Making decisions – Taking the initiative – Communicating and influencing.


Equality and diversity is at the core of our values and staff 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 Amnesty International’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.

This job description will be reviewed from time to time to ensure that the scope and focus are in tandem with Amnesty International’s priorities and operating context.

Applicants should send an email with subject heading “Application and the Position of Interest” and PDF attachment that includes cover letter and a CV by Friday 22 June, 2018 5pm