The MENA Deputy Regional Director in Tunis will be responsible for leading integrated, multi-functional teams to implement high-quality research, campaigning and communication strategies that deliver human rights impact in the MENA region. You will lead on effective project management of operational plans, ensuring equal emphasis on our research and campaigns functions, as well as advocacy and communication functions.
You will provide high-level and strategic advice on major human rights trends, developments and key drivers of human rights violations in the region, including legal, political, and socio-economic factors and adapting our research programming to external shifts, as well as designing strategic campaigns in order to maximise impact, grow activism and attract members.
You will have extensive knowledge and direct experience of the human rights issues and political context in Tunisia and ideally also Algeria and Morocco/Western Sahara, with an expert understanding of the international human rights legal framework, as well as regional and national legal frameworks.
You will have prior experience of working in a key leadership role in a complex organisation, with experience of managing a cross-functional and multi-cultural team, coaching them toward a new way of working.
- Advise and support the Regional Director and broader management group on Amnesty International’s substantive human rights work on and strategy towards the subregion or relevant countries, including emerging issues, trends and crisis situations.
- Manage the development and implementation of action plans for human rights research, advocacy, communications and campaigning for the subregion or relevant countries.
- Ensure integration of research, campaigning, communications and advocacy in order to provide an effective, coherent programme of work that delivers tangible outcomes for human rights in conformity with Amnesty International’s mission and consistent with its priorities, strategies and standards.
- Be responsible for the quality of team research and advocacy outputs, working closely with originators to ensure that research strategy is sound and focused; key methodology, legal and policy issues are addressed; and evidence, analysis and conclusions make a compelling case for change.
- Oversee integrated planning and delivery for all campaign projects in the subregion/relevant countries (global, regional, national, crisis, etc), including links to research and communications commissioning, ensuring the office delivers a coherent suite of sustained campaigning projects that reflect organizational priorities.
- Foster relationships between the Jerusalem office, sections and partners in Israel/Palestine, and share information about projects and actions to maintain a shared plan for campaigns and related activities
This is not an exhaustive list of duties. The need for flexibility is required and the post holder is expected to carry out any other related duties that are within the employee’s skills and capabilities whenever reasonably instructed.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Demonstrated knowledge and direct experience of the human rights and political context in Tunisia and ideally also Algeria and Morocco/Western Sahara.
- An expert understanding of the legal framework of international human rights law (and international humanitarian law as relevant), as well as relevant regional and national legal frameworks, to ensure expert editing in line with quality assurance framework and human rights research methodologies.
- Experience of using online or offline campaigning and activism techniques and a range of digital channels to drive human rights action.
- Knowledge of leading campaigns through a campaigns lifecycle (issue identification, strategy development, campaign delivery, monitoring and evaluation, campaign exit and impact assessment), and using strategic campaign methodologies and tools.
- In-depth experience of managing human rights research for advocacy purposes: conducting research using a range of appropriate methodologies, analysing and presenting findings, identifying advocacy targets, and applying research-based analysis to campaigning for human rights change.
- Written and oral fluency in English and Arabic is essential, working knowledge of French desirable. Fluency must be demonstrated at interview and through publications or other written materials. Oral fluency means being able to conduct media interviews and public speaking engagements in the relevant language.