Careers at Amnesty International

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You won’t just be working for us, you will be working for them

Joining us in our International Secretariat offices you will have the opportunity to use your expertise to support this global movement end human rights abuses

Amnesty International is a democratic worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected for everyone. We believe human rights abuses anywhere are the concern of people everywhere. So, outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world, we work to improve people’s lives through campaigning and international solidarity. Work with us to be a part of this future.

When you get a job at Amnesty International, you’re working for people whose human rights are under attack.

If you are talented, passionate about human rights and want to use your skills and experience to change the world then we might just have the right role for you

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The roles we take

Our mission is to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. Our grassroots members and supporters exert influence on governments, political bodies, corporations and intergovernmental groups. Activists take up human rights issues by mobilizing public pressure through mass demonstrations, vigils and direct lobbying as well as through online and offline campaigning. Thousands of Amnesty International members respond to Urgent Action appeals on behalf of individuals at immediate risk. Publicity through the news media and the internet takes our message in many languages to millions of people.

Our campaigning remains firmly rooted in the power of individuals working with and for others who need protection or support. Working with and for individuals the world over, we campaign so that every person may enjoy all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We undertake impartial research and take action aimed at preventing and ending grave abuses of these rights, demanding that all governments and other powerful entities respect the rule of law. It means we work globally and locally wherever we can make a difference.

Our global team

The International Secretariat has recently undertaken an ambitious programme of change to increase Amnesty International’s human rights impact and growth, particularly in the global South and East, seeking to achieve a new global organization structure with a much greater distributed, but integrated, centre working more closely with rights-holders and local partners.

In this future, we see an Amnesty International team – members and staff – that is increasingly representative of those whom we serve, and standing alongside them wherever they are; combining our efforts to be more relevant, more influential and having greater impact.

We will work from regional offices across Africa, Asia, the Americas and in time the Middle East and North Africa region to ensure we can respond more quickly, gather stronger evidence and foster closer relations with key partners.

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The recruitment process

Once you have found the ideal role please do create your online profile and submit your application. Our application form will usually ask for your work experience, education history and will have some specific questions so that we can understand your suitability for the role; at times we will ask for a CV, a cover letter or perhaps recent research or media publications. Do make sure you complete the application fully as we need all of this information to consider you for the role.

Your application will be reviewed by a member of the Recruitment team, usually just after the closing date. The recruitment team will work with the hiring manager to decide on shortlisted names to be invited for assessment. You should hear back with 2 weeks of the closing date; you will see an update to your status online in your profile.

Due to the volumes of applications we receive we cannot provide feedback at this stage.

The interview process

Should you be invited to interview please be advised that you will receive a notification by email where you will be able to select your preferred interview slot from the availability provided.

If you progress to interview you will meet with members of the team, either in person, on the telephone or via video link.

For more information view our FAQ and Benefits pages. 


You will be fairly and competitively assessed against the competencies required to successfully perform the role you have applied for; these will be in line with the job description advertised. Our assessment process will usually consist of two rounds of interview, one remote and one in person, with core skills tests and at times further testing on language or psychometric may be used.

The interview panel

The interview panels will generally consist of the line manager for the role, a colleague or peer and another relevant staff expert In addition to assessing your suitability the panel will provide you with further information about Amnesty International, who we are and what we do and how the role fits in to the organization.


Following a successful interview you will be contacted directly with the good news to discuss the offered terms and pre-employment checks; we have pre-set reward frameworks and offer all new staff salaries at the first step in our scales to ensure parity and transparency. Please see the Benefits section for more information.