Amnesty International Job Opportunity: Uganda and Tanzania research consultant

Message from Amnesty International (Terms of Reference below):


Amnesty International is recruiting a research consultant on Uganda and Tanzania. I am reaching out to you in case you know of candidates who might be a good fit for this role.

The consultant will develop and implement a research and advocacy strategy to expose and reduce human rights violations in the lead-up to elections in both countries. They will also conduct routine monitoring of the human rights situation and produce our Annual Report chapters and Death Penalty statistics. The role will involve close collaboration with national civil society organizations in both countries, as well as regional and international organizations.

The consultancy is full time from early July to end December 2015 and will have a 75% focus on Uganda with 25% on Tanzania. We are looking for someone who can hit the ground running, produce short outputs in English quickly, and ideally someone with Kiswahili language skills. The terms of reference are attached and applications should be submitted by 5 June.

If you know of anyone who might be suitable, please encourage them to apply or to get in contact directly.

All the best,

Sarah Jackson
Deputy Regional Director – East Africa, the Horn and Great Lakes
Amnesty International    


Amnesty International: Research consultant on Uganda and Tanzania
Amnesty International seeks a consultant to monitor, document and report on the human rights situation in Uganda and Tanzania.
The consultant will work full time. Time will be split between Uganda (75%) and Tanzania (25%). This consultancy is expected to commence in early July and end on 31st December 2015.

The consultant will be expected to:
 Monitor, document and report on human rights related developments in Uganda and Tanzania;
 Provide timely, accurate, and impartial assessments and expert advice on the human rights situation;
 Research pertinent human rights issues in Uganda and Tanzania in the context of upcoming elections;
 Use information gathered to analyse and predict trends, and advise the Amnesty International team on appropriate interventions to expose/reduce human rights violations
 Contribute to development of regional strategies and plans for research and campaigning in order to increase the effectiveness of Amnesty International’s work
 Collaborate closely with other relevant international, regional and national human rights organisations in Uganda and Tanzania to ensure that our work supports, and enhances their own
 Write briefing papers, press releases, op-eds, letters, submissions to relevant regional and international bodies, as well as other advocacy and campaign documents as appropriate, based on your research findings, in a timely fashion to Amnesty International’s standards of accuracy, style and readability;
 Negotiate written outputs through a quality assurance process and incorporate edits, including from managers and other relevant colleagues;
 Travel to Uganda and Tanzania as needed;
 Prepare security assessments and plans.

Key deliverables
 Prepare Amnesty International’s annual report chapter on Uganda and Tanzania;
 Prepare Amnesty International’s annual Death Penalty statistics on Uganda and Tanzania
 Briefing papers, op-eds, letters, submissions to international bodies and other advocacy and campaign documents as agreed;
 Interview notes and situation reports;
 Security assessments and plans.

Skills and Experience
 Experience of undertaking rigorous and timely research on human rights in Uganda and Tanzania
 Experience in interviewing survivors of human rights abuses, including people who may be distressed or traumatised
 Knowledge of the applicable legal frameworks, as well as international and regional human rights law.
 Experience producing outputs of a publishable quality in English to tight deadlines.
 Sound political judgement and ability to develop advocacy strategies leading to positive human rights change.
 Experience representing an organization externally, including with senior government officials and in the media.
 Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with Amnesty International colleagues and external partners.
 Ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure.

Language requirements
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and ideally, Kiswahili. The role will involve producing documents to a publishable quality in English.

Working arrangements
The consultant will be supervised by the Deputy Regional Director (Research), based in Nairobi, Kenya. The consultant will closely collaborate with other colleagues as appropriate, within the International secretariat, and within the Amnesty International movement. Amnesty International will cover pre-agreed expenses in addition to a consultancy fee. About Amnesty International Our aim is simple: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, freedom and truth wherever they’re denied. Already our network of over seven million members, supporters and activists is making a difference in 150 countries. 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.

Application procedures
Applications should be sent by email to no later than 5th June 2015. Your application should consist of: cover letter including a quotation for consultancy fee; CV; and a 500 word summary in English of your proposed strategy for how Amnesty International can contribute to a positive human rights change in Uganda and Tanzania.