Regional Activism and Youth Coordinator


Amnesty International: Regional Activism and Youth Coordinator

Amnesty International
Opportunity closing date:
Friday, 30 April, 2021
Opportunity type:

The Amnesty International Secretariat, which operates from several sites around the world, gathers and communicates accurate and action-oriented human rights information globally.  We campaign for meaningful human rights change; enable effective human rights activism and work to persuade governments and other actors to uphold universal human rights standards.  We provide strategic leadership, support and advice to the AI movement globally, fostering AI’s contribution, presence and public accountability throughout the world.

Amnesty International seeks to appoint a Regional Activism and Youth Coordinator – Africa to be based in Johannesburg.

Contract Type and Duration: Permanent

Working hours:  35

For over half a century, we’ve been campaigning for human rights wherever justice, freedom and truth are denied. We’ve reshaped policies, challenged governments and taken corporations to task. In doing so, we’ve changed thousands of lives for the better. Join Amnesty at our East and Southern Africa Regional office in Johannesburg and you will too.

This role is based at the Amnesty International East and Southern Africa Regional Offices in Johannesburg. This is an exciting role where you’ll have a huge opportunity to make a difference. In this role you will coordinate the development and implementation of regional, and where appropriate, national activism and youth strategies, plans and projects. You will contribute to the development of global, tactical, regional and national campaigns and campaign projects. As a dynamic and creative person, you will coordinate the implementation of activism and youth mobilization dimensions of global and regional campaigns. You will provide advice and capacity building support to sections, structures and other Amnesty International (AI) entities across Africa: to strengthen their campaigning capacity and activist structures; to ensure activism is aligned to global and regional campaigns; to enable active participation of rights holders in campaigning; to increase the participation, engagement and leadership of young people as a contribution to growth in youth constituency for human rights impact.

An experienced campaigns professional with a passion for activism and working with the youth of Africa and across the globe. You will possess the ability to find and mobilize youth constituencies to support Amnesty’s mission at the regional and national level. In addition to being a consummate campaigner, with expansive knowledge of strategic campaigning, campaign methods and tactics, you will have the temperament and experience in building the capacity of others to develop and implement dynamic and impactful campaigns. Being an activist at heart, you will have clear understanding of what motivates members to take action, how to find out the support they need and the importance of feedback and sensitivity to different cultures and backgrounds. You will be adept at using online and offline activism techniques to achieve campaign objectives. A people’s person, you will have direct experience of coordinating networks and organizing events and the ability to use participatory approaches, methodologies and tools in campaigning and when working with others. You will be comfortable with project management responsibilities and as much at ease with being out advocating for change as you are with administrative campaign duties, a systematic approach to work in an organization, planning and managing several projects at the same time, while maintaining good budget tracking. You possess excellent writing and verbal communication skills – creative and factual with demonstrable experience and skills in facilitating training and events, coordinating workshops and meetings. Your experience has sharpened your political judgement and strategic thinking and you are comfortable and effective working with colleagues and partners based around the world, including the global north and global south. You value the work of others, can attest to your commitment to equality and diversity, and demonstrate a constructive and sensitive approach to working with others from a variety of backgrounds. Besides, you will be fluent in written and spoken English and French, readily able to demonstrate your fluency, and comfortable in communicating in both languages to staff of all levels from different departments and countries in our offices around the world.

Interviews for this post will be conducted in May 2021.


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 apply for the role by following –

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

N.B. We reserve the right to close a vacancy before the closing date in the event of an overwhelming response or a change in business priorities.

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