Civil Society & Advocacy Officer

Amnesty International, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th August, 2018

Job Description


As Civil Society and Advocacy Officer, you will develop and implement a coherent region-wide strategy for engaging effectively with civil society in South Asia. You will monitor and develop a strong regional analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and trends concerning civil society across South Asia, identifying key partnerships and opportunities aligned to Amnesty International’s strategic goals.

Leveraging opportunities for a different quality of partnerships made possible by Amnesty International’s new office in the region, you will be required to strategize on approaches to strengthen accountability for lack of enjoyment of all rights, shrinking space for civil society activism and threats to human rights defenders through innovative and creative partnerships. You will be an effective advocate for, and with, civil society partnerships at sub-regional, regional and international advocacy mechanisms and processes and will contribute towards building the capacity and effectiveness of human rights work carried out by civil society groups in the region.


With substantial direct professional experience of working with civil society organizations and human rights defenders in South Asia in a campaigning, advocacy and activism role, you will have a strong understanding of the role of civil society organizations, activist networks and individual human rights defenders in driving positive change and experience of advocacy. You will have specialist understanding of the working environment in South Asia and will be familiar and experienced in coordinating campaign networks.

You will have excellent networking and partnership-building skills, with the ability inspire and motivate others. A highly advanced communicator, you will be able to express ideas in a clear and compelling manner English both orally and in writing. Fluency in one or more South Asian languages would be a distinct 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 25 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and grace days), ERF Provident Fund, 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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