Policy Analyst Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Amnesty International

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Policy Analyst (As soon as possible, open contract)


SALARY RANGE: Kshs 170,000-200,000 gross with medical cover only.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


OTHER KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Campaign Managers, Regional Research Officer, Finance and Administrative Manager, all Kenya team

JOB PURPOSE: Provide policy and political analysis and thought leadership to inform Amnesty International Kenya campaigns within Amnesty legal and policy positions.

Useful Information

This role acts as the first point of contact for the Executive Director, campaign managers, EARO regional researcher and country team on policy messaging coordination, commission and writing of policy influencing and movement-building research products. The holder shall guide research design research, documentation and learning coordination within agreed Amnesty International policy positions. He or she will also play an active role within the Amnesty LawPol community to shape international research and positions relevant for Kenya and the international human rights movement.

This is position requires the ability and willingness to occasionally work out of office hours to meet deadlines. A high degree of thought-leadership, political judgment and trouble-shooting skills are essential. The post holder will be an active team member of the team and will need to fully participate and help support the team’s activities.


To monitor, research, investigate and analyze human rights-related developments in order to provide timely, accurate, independent and impartial assessments and expert analysis;
Ensuring that all campaign research and communications actions are underpinned by evidence and passionate calls to action by peoples at risk, allies and duty-bearers;
Ensuring Amnesty Kenya policy coherence with agreed Amnesty human rights understanding, policy positions and language;
Designing imaginative and authoritative knowledge products and activities that ensure thought-leadership by Amnesty International Kenya on the issues we campaign on.

A research professional with interest in human rights, you will ensure all Amnesty actions are underpinned by evidence-based information and facts by;

Ensuring all messaging promotes values and obligations contained in the constitution and international human rights standards and covenants;
Leading in and participating in field research and other missions, fact-finding, analysis and assessment of human rights concerns, prepare, where necessary, security assessments, political and other briefings. This will include developing terms of reference and research questions for consultants and interns;
Conducting or commissioning consultants to write citizens voice and research action tools and high-quality policy briefs to meet the needs of diverse audiences including duty-bearers, allies and persons at risk;
Writing on-demand summaries and analytical briefing notes that can underpin all policy dialogues, public events, social and mass media engagement;
Identify, nurture and expand knowledge partnerships with a core group of like-minded projects, institutions and networks, universities, research institutions, policy makers and communities;
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
Quality proactive framing of human rights as a public interest within mass and popular culture
All staff provided with aspirational language backed by evidence and strong passionate arguments to publicly press for freedoms and rights in the Kenyan bill of rights



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 manage 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 forced evictions, displacement and right to housing
Demonstrated expertise or qualifications in urban planning, right to housing, built environment, indigenous peoples rights, land law or another appropriate discipline.
Experience of working in a team, and contributing to setting priorities, motivating oneself and others, and resolving team conflicts.
Demonstrated 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