Job Details
New York City / Washington D.C. - ,
Full Time
Master's Degree
$70,883.00 - $88,604.00 Salary/year

Under the direction of the National Director of Research, the Researcher researches and writes reports on human rights violations in the United States.  The Researcher is responsible for developing research strategies; collecting and verifying information on human rights abuses; interviewing survivors of human rights violations and government officials; analyzing findings in the context of US law and international human rights law and standards; and writing AIUSA research reports.  The Researcher is responsible for ensuring AI’s high standards of accuracy, impartiality and credibility are maintained according to Research Unit’s procedures and within the context of the international movement. 



  • To monitor, research, investigate and analyze human rights-related developments in order to provide timely, accurate, independent and impartial assessments and expert advice on the human rights situations in the USA;
  • To organize, take part in and lead, where agreed, field research and other missions, leading specifically on information-gathering, fact-finding, analysis and assessment of human rights concerns, including in response to crisis situations; prepare, where necessary, security assessments, political and other briefings in relation to the mission for AIUSA management, mission participants and internal or external stakeholders; and represent Amnesty International in the field;
  • To represent Amnesty International USA to external stakeholders, including in governmental, inter-governmental and various public forums, as well as to all forms of news media, civil society organizations and political, economic and other actors; and to communicate AIUSA’s concerns, positions and, where relevant, campaign strategies to external and internal stakeholders;
  • To develop and maintain effective constituencies of public and confidential contacts and partners in and outside the organization - such as human rights activists, members of legal and other professions, UN agencies and governmental representatives - to optimize information gathering and verification and the development and implementation of effective strategies and plans;
  • To write reports and other materials for publication and internal use and contribute to and provide expert advice in relation to written and other materials produced by other programs;
  • To contribute to the management of research, oversee the research work carried out by the team and others and, as appropriate, to contribute to the selection of external consultants and supervise, support, coordinate and provide expert advice on their work;
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of an effective information management system;
  • To contribute to the development of program-wide strategies and plans for research and campaigning and provide input into internal discussions on the AIUSA mission, policy, organizational and other issues in order to increase the effectiveness of AIUSA’s work;
  • In consultation with management, to participate in the coordination of the work of the team, including through setting priorities, preparing work plans, monitoring their progress and contributing to maintaining basic budgets;
  • To contribute to the overall flexibility of resource use and provide cover for other research staff as agreed with management;
  • To perform all necessary administrative tasks to ensure effective self-servicing, participate in the recruitment and induction of new staff and consultants and perform other tasks as appropriate.
  • Additional duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree required; JD preferred
  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible research experience



  • Experience of undertaking research on human rights issues
  • In-depth understanding of the nature of key human rights concerns in the United States, and of political, social, legal, economic, cultural, ethnic, racial and gender issues in them
  • Experience working on issues related to refugee and migrant rights, racial justice, climate and environmental justice, discrimination, freedom of assembly, corporate accountability, economic, social, and cultural rights preferred
  • Experience with digital monitoring and verification tools, preferred but not required
  • Court room experience and familiarity with fair trial standards, preferred but not required
  • Ability to develop strategies to impact on human rights in the United States
  • Experience of undertaking advocacy for human right's protection
  • Proven experience of writing research materials for a variety of audiences
  • Ability to deal in a sensitive and understanding manner with a variety of people, including survivors of human rights violations
  • Experience of working in a team and understanding of the importance of efficient communications for the coordination and effective functioning of teams
  • Experience of managing conflicting demands, meeting deadlines and adjusting priorities
  • Ability and willingness to undertake personal administrative tasks
  • Understanding of equal opportunities, cultural diversity and gender issues as well as a commitment to apply relevant policies.
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