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Director, Advocacy Europe & Central Asia

Job Details

Washington DC Office - Washington, DC
Fully Remote
Full Time
$94,450.00 - $122,663.00 Salary

Job Summary

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the global organization’s presence in the United States. We engage people in the U.S. to fight injustice all around the world, while we also work to protect people’s human rights here in the U.S. Amnesty International USA has more than one million members and activists in all 50 states, who are part of a larger global movement of 10 million people in 150 countries. We are a democratically governed, grassroots membership organization, which means that our members vote on key policy issues and elect our Board of Directors. Amnesty International USA’s elected Board members, staff, and members work together to lead the organization.


AIUSA’s Government Relations (GR) and Advocacy team educates, advises, and advocates with U.S. government (USG) officials on human rights issues around the world. Leveraging Amnesty’s research and grassroots power, GR creates and implements advocacy strategies to push for U.S. government policies and practices that contribute to positive human rights outcomes. We build and maintain close relationships with policymakers in Congress and across the federal government. GR identifies influential leaders in the USG, including potential allies and opponents, and takes advantage of political opportunities to push forward organizational goals.


The Director, Europe & Central Asia Advocacy will ensure that human rights goals are part of broader United States foreign and domestic policy conversations regarding Europe, Central Asia, and individual states in the region. The regional focus on this role includes Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucusus, Turkey, Central Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Director will design an advocacy strategy to pressure the United States to stop or prevent human rights violations by countries and other actors in the region, in addition to ensuring the U.S. is not violating human rights abroad and working to end any direct or indirect USG support that facilitates violations by non-USG actors. The ideal candidate has knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law, United States law and institutions related to foreign policy and human rights, and key regional and country-level laws and legal frameworks. They should have experience advocating for human rights issues in Europe & Central Asia (with a particular focus on Eastern Europe and Afghanistan), engaging the U.S. Government and other officials, working in partnership and in coalition with other organizations, and demonstrating the ability to adapt to changes in organizational advocacy priorities. The ideal candidate should have direct experience in the region working with human rights defenders, grassroots organizations, or individuals and communities impacted by human rights abuses, including helping them navigate complex advocacy and policy environments to help amplify their calls for justice.


Essential Responsibilities

A. Influencing the development of U.S. policy on human rights issues in the Europe and Central Asia region

  • Formulate, based on analysis of the political, economic, and human rights contexts and conditions, a regional strategy for United States government engagement, along with individual strategies for priority countries within the region that take into consideration the United States leverage and/or role in the region and provide the most effective strategy to advance US human rights policies in the region
  • Lead AIUSA’s advocacy on ending human rights violations in Europe & Central Asia, in consultation with relevant staff, the International Secretariat, and membership structures
    • Current AIUSA advocacy priorities include freedom of expression and civic space, addressing human rights causes of structural inequality and discrimination, the human rights impacts of the climate emergency, and advancing economic, social, and cultural rights
  • Advocate with and educate U.S. government officials to have a rights-first approach to U.S. policy and practice in Europe & Central Asia, including advancing U.S. policies that contribute to positive human rights outcomes
  • Educate, advise, and advocate with key U.S. government partners to protect and improve human rights in the region
  • Build and maintain relationships with key government officials who impact US human rights policy in the world, in the Administration (including the White House, NSC, State Department, USAID, and the Department of Defense) and in key Congressional Committees (including SFRC and HFAC) and leaders in the House and Senate to advance these priorities
  • Ensure that Amnesty’s overarching human rights goals translate into achievable, specific policy recommendations
  • Create and implement human rights advocacy strategies to leverage Amnesty’s research and grassroots influence
  • Engage in meaningful coalition and partnership work to advance shared human rights goals, including with grassroots organizations and directly impacted communities
  • Help coordinate with Amnesty International’s global and regional offices and other country sections to promote and advance global human rights and key AIUSA priorities
  • Work collaboratively with other staff and member leaders to implement effective advocacy campaigns, including communications and mobilization strategies


B. Public Outreach

  • Speak publicly on human rights conditions and relevant U.S. policy at congressional  hearings, Hill briefings, academic symposia, conferences, protests, and rallies
  • Working in close consultation with the Marketing and Communications Unit, develop a press strategy on advocacy outcomes in the region and represent AIUSA in interviews with the news media (e.g., TV, radio, print, and social), on relevant human rights issues in the region, in relevant regional languages when required
  • Disseminate Amnesty International’s publications in cooperation with other relevant units  and member leaders, Congress, the U.S. government, media, and NGOs
  • Coordinate with member leaders and staff to provide training for relevant membership groups and events, including regional conferences and the Annual General Meeting
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with Amnesty’s volunteer coordination groups, including hosting regular meetings (outside of working hours), briefing volunteer leaders on AIUSA strategy, reviewing volunteer outputs and reviewing volunteer requests to engage with senior USG contacts, including timely responses to questions, requests and advocacy ideas originating from members
  • Meet with donors and advocates according to the needs of the Development Team
  • Liaise with other Amnesty International sections, regional offices, and the International Secretariat to provide input and advice on upcoming research, receive timely updates regarding human rights conditions in countries and the region, and ensure responses to queries throughout the Amnesty apparatus
  • Ability to respond quickly to humanitarian crises that may emerge in the region, including working with other Amnesty colleagues to develop immediate crisis response strategies, educating U.S. government interlocutors with the most up-to-date information from our research, and providing members with immediate actions to take, and then shifting to medium term strategies as the acute crisis period passes
  • Additional duties as assigned by the National Director, Government Relations and Advocacy, including but not limited to reporting related to governance and compliance, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Administrative tasks as needed, including booking travel, scheduling meetings, and managing expense reports

Qualifications and Experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Demonstrated interest and understanding of human rights legal frameworks and systems
  • Expertise and experience in Europe and Central Asia’s human rights policy issues and working in social justice movements in the region, with particular experience in either Eastern Europe or Afghanistan
  • Knowledge of international relations, human rights, law, or another relevant/related field
  • Familiarity with the role multilateral organizations (e.g., UN bodies, International Criminal Court, regional bodies, international development institutions, etc.) play in the human rights ecosystem is essential
  • Experience in human rights policy advocacy, including drafting and analyzing legislation, writing Congressional testimony, and leading coalitions
  • Strong public speaking experience, including Congressional hearings, Hill briefings, press conferences, and academic conferences
  • Superb writing and research skills, with the ability to produce high-quality writing in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to produce high-volume, accurate work in a rapidly changing environment, with attention to detail
  • Experience managing complex and diverse relationships with advocacy targets, members of the broader human rights ecosystem, and media
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and consultative environment


Education and Experience

  • BA/BS and at least 10 years relevant experience or MA/MS and 8 years relevant experience and/or sufficient relevant work experience in Europe/Central Asia foreign policy issues is required
  • Experience in lobbying and/or policy advocacy is required
  • Professional fluency language skills in at least one language relevant to the region, in addition to English
  • Eastern European languages or Dari, Pashto or Uzbek, preferred
  • Experience with media (e.g., print, social, live media interviews, TV, radio)
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Experience with grassroots organizing


Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing at a desk and working on a computer


Travel Requirements

  • Must live near and be able to attend meetings in Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. domestic travel (at least two trips annually)
  • International travel to Europe or Central Asia (at least one trip annually)
  • Some weeknight and weekend work may be required




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