Founded in 1961, Amnesty International is a growing global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories. We campaign to stop human rights abuses and for a world in which everyone shall enjoy human rights.
Our effectiveness and success relies on the dedication and action of our members, supporters, volunteers and staff often operating in difficult circumstances. This collective voice of the movement is our powerful asset making Amnesty International an unstoppable force.
After more than 50 years of ground breaking achievements, Amnesty has undergone a major transformation, adapting to dramatic changes in the world.
We have opened regional offices in cities in East, West and Southern Africa and others in South America, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East which are major hubs for our investigations, campaigns and communications. This gives us the ability to respond quickly to violations and be a powerful force for freedom and justice closer to the ground.
For the first time in our history we have two Africans leading the global movement. Kumi Naidoo our new Secretary General is South African and Mwikali Muthioni, who is Chair of the International Board, hails from Kenya.
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Amnesty International South Africa (AISA)
Amnesty continues to maintain a presence in South Africa, a country that boasts a rich history of social activism in the continuing fight against injustice and inequality and for human rights for all.
Following a recent internal review of our work programme in South Africa, we have embarked on a reorganization and repositioning exercise to strengthen our human rights impact locally and internationally. (To learn more about AISA please click here.)
Over the past 12 months we recruited a small but diverse and dynamic team. There are plans to grow Amnesty in South Africa and increase our membership of people who take injustice personally.
We want to focus our energy and resources on:
- Building and achieving impact through a visible focused human rights research, advocacy, lobbying, campaigns and education work around our core areas of focus viz., Justice and Accountability, Women and Marginalised Groups, Economic Social and Cultural Rights, and
- Attracting committed human rights volunteers and activists to grow our diverse membership and supporter base with a significant focus on youth; and
- Through education and mobilization create a strong platform for greater solidarity action across the globe.
The global movement is made up of a network of national structures, sections and the International Secretariat. In terms of Amnesty’s international statutes, sections carry out the work of the movement in their country. They are locally governed and accountable to members. They are primarily responsible for campaigning, advocacy, education, public mobilization, media and fundraising.
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Under the international statutes our South Africa office currently has the status of “structure”, which carries out the work of the international movement. Structures are temporary in nature.
As part of the repositioning exercise, the International Secretariat has, in consultation with our SA and Southern Africa Regional Office, resolved that SA should work towards a strong, dynamic and growing structure capable of achieving the status of Section within the next two years.
The AISA office is now well positioned and ready to take this forward. We are entering an exciting new phase and we would like you to be a part of it.
To achieve our goals, we are seeking a dynamic, dedicated and diverse team of six resource persons with the requisite attributes, skills, knowledge, and experience who are willing to volunteer to serve on an AISA Transitional Advisory Group (TAG) for a period of two years.
In return Amnesty International offers the TAG the opportunity to be an active part of a growing dynamic national, regional and global movement. An initial induction and subsequent needs-based development programmes for members to enable them to perform their roles and duties and to be kept updated with developments.
Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to help Amnesty South Africa transition towards achieving the status of a fully-fledged Section.
The primary terms of reference for the TAG is to:
- Contribute towards overall organizational health, growth and impact;
- Provide effective support to the Executive Director and her staff;
- Explore new ways of working and innovative governance models that are best suited and applied in a democratic human rights, membership-based organization;
- Support the development and implementation of AISA’s strategic plans, programmes and budgets;
- Monitor programme performance and evaluate impact;
- Develop, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, an innovative programme of work to give effect to their role and responsibilities to AISA and the evaluation thereof;
- Participate in internal workshops, seminars and other events relevant to the role and the organization;
- Hold meetings at least on a quarterly basis;
- Attend by delegation, on invitation, national and international meetings as appropriate;
- Represent and act in the best interests of AISA and the movement as a whole;
- Assist the Executive Director and her team in the preparation and convening of and attending meetings with members and supporters;
- Assist in the design, development and implementation of an organizational Road Map for AISA to achieve Section Recognition Status.
We are seeking Candidates who must:
- Be passionate advocates for human rights and taking solidarity action against abuses;
- Be committed to upholding the vision, core values, principles and ways of working of Amnesty International as described in its statutes and regulatory policies and procedures;
- Have a dependable track record in leadership and management functions especially within membership-based civil society or public interest/benefit organizations;
- Be able and willing to fulfil the roles, responsibilities and obligations as described in the terms of reference;
- Be willing to be part of a team and passionate about building a strong Amnesty South Africa;
- Bring fiduciary care, good practice and support innovation in the legal, finance and resource mobilization, media and communications, research, advocacy, conflict management and organizational development fields;
- Ideally be an existing member or supporter of Amnesty International or alternatively associated with a similar social justice organization or campaign.
The Nominations and Selection Process
If you know of a member, supporter, volunteer or person that best fits the requirements and is willing to contribute their time, expertise, creativity, resources and positive energy, please nominate the person by filling out a Candidate Nomination Form.
Self-nominations are acceptable. If you feel you meet the expectations and are interested in being a candidate, please fill out the Candidate Nomination Form.
The deadline for the submission of nominations is 28 September 2018
A nominations panel established by Amnesty International chaired by an independent person will receive and screen all applications in strict accordance with the criteria outlined.
We will place emphasis on an assembling a collective, diverse, co-operative and complementary team of advisors.
The nominations panel will request interviews with all shortlisted candidates on or before the 12th October 2018. Based on the outcomes of the interviews a list of six of the most suitable candidates will be selected and submitted to the Secretary General or designated nominee for final approval.
Successful candidates will be required to sign a letter of appointment and participate in a compulsory 3-day familiarisation programme to understand the organization and their responsibilities.
Nominations are closed.
Issued by the Executive Director, Amnesty International South Africa