Frequently Asked Questions
Where are vacancies based?
We have International Secretariat offices in the below locations.
- Europe and Central Asia: London, Brussels, Moscow and Geneva
- Asia & Pacific: Hong Kong, Jakarta and Bangkok
- Africa: Dakar, Nairobi and Johannesburg
- Americas: Mexico City, Lima, New York and Washington
- Middle East & North Africa: Beirut, Tunis and East Jerusalem
What do I do if a suitable role isn't advertised?
We recommend that you to check our live vacancies on a regular basis and apply for roles that are a suitable match when they come up; do sign up for alerts so that you are amongst the first to hear of newly advertised roles. Please note that we do not accept speculative CVs as we are unable to respond to you on that.
Do you have advice on the application process
We advise you prepare the content of your application offline then copy and paste your answers into the online form to avoid losing information should you encounter difficulties with the internet connection. For ease you can upload much of the content from an existing CV or any LinkedIn profile.
Please note that we assess applications solely on the merit of the information provided through our online application portal and are therefore do not accept further submissions through email or post.
Do answer every question thoroughly in the application form as we need this information to consider your suitability.
As part of the pre-employment checks required before you start your new role we ask you to provide the contact details of your two most recent professional referees. One referee must be your current / most recent employer and the other should be your previous employer. We will not approach your referees without your permission.
Please note, our recruitment process takes, on average 60 – 90 days. We will continue to contact you during this time to keep you informed.
If you are not available for any stages of the process for any reason, for example, pre-arranged holidays, we may not be able to process your application as alternative dates may not be available.
What do I do if I've missed the deadline to apply for a vacancy?
We may be able to accept your application if the deadline has recently passed; please do speak to the Recruitment team on firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I do if I experience technical difficulty trying to apply for a vacancy?
- Should you encounter any technical difficulties when completing your application, please first check your browser settings and internet access; also ensuring the vacancy is still live. If you are still unable to resolve the problem after referring to the FAQ, please contact email@example.com
- If you encounter difficulties signing into your Amnesty Careers online account, please ensure you are accessing your account through the correct website (careers.amnesty.org rather than amnesty.org ) as you may be trying to log in as an Amnesty supporter on the site rather than into the careers section.
- In the careers section you will have the option to reset your password. If you continue to be unable to log in, please do contact us to request an assisted ‘PASSWORD RESET’
How do I find out if my application has been successful?
- You will receive an automatic response to acknowledge your application as soon as you submit it. If you are shortlisted to move forward in the recruitment process we will contact you directly.
- We aim to contact all candidates within two weeks after the closing date.
- We use the online system to update you on the outcome of your application as soon as a decision is made, and if invited we also provide online booking options for interviews. Please do log into your online profile to see this.
- There may be times when individual teams may experience slight delays, at times due to crisis workload or overseas missions. Should recruitment be delayed for an extended period, we aim to keep in contact with you and provide regular updates.
What are the arrangements for interviews?
- Successful candidates will be able to reserve an interview slot through our online scheduling service.
- We will confirm if this is to be a remote interview conducted by phone or video and will work with you to ensure we have the correct connection in place. For face to face interviews, which are usually held in the location of the vacancy, we will work with you to arrange or reimburse reasonable travel and accommodation expenses.
- You may be asked to take practical online tests to assess your technical ability to perform in the role. Some tests may require advance preparation but please be advised that this is usually not the case.
- We are dedicated to providing you with feedback on your interview performance and tests and will let you know as soon as possible if you have not been successful in the assessment process.
- If you are invited to an interview which is not local to you we will ask you to either connect with us for the interview via Skype or SightLink. We may ask you to go to the nearest Amnesty International office to your home to connect. If you are invited to an interview that requires you to travel over 100 miles, please confirm the details with us as we use a specific travel partner who will book trains / flights / hotels. By using our travel partner we will obtain the most competitive price. Please note, we will not be able to reimburse you should you book your travel without checking in with us first. You must also supply original receipts to in order to be reimbursed for travel expenses.
- Following an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment checks only when you give us your permission to proceed. This relates to your right to work, any relevant background checks and contacting your two most recent professional referees.
Will Amnesty International help me obtain the right to work in the location of each post?
- We are committed to equal opportunities and cultural diversity at Amnesty International and will endeavour to support work permits for suitable roles; our ability to obtain a work permit for potential employees is contingent upon the immigration requirements of each particular role & nation so please do check the relevant authorities immigration requirements to ascertain if your skill set meets the set threshold.
- Where available we endeavour to secure the longest possible visa to enable non-national employees joining a regional office to live and work in that location. Legal support will be provided for partners and dependants of employees with their entry visas (only) and any renewals of these.
Can I make an application if I have a disability?
Of course. Equality and diversity are at the core of our values. All employees will work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected. Please do flag to the recruitment team if you require any adjustments to the assessment process by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will work with you to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to enable fair selection. Once recruited for a role, we will assess your needs and make reasonable adjustments around your disability to enable you to work successfully.
I would love to become a staff member at Amnesty; what course should I study?
Unfortunately, we’re unable to give specific advice related to study options and courses; there are a variety of courses available and we employ experts in a wide range of specialisms. We recommend you take time to research carefully and make a decision based on what would be best suited to you and that meets your own motivations and ambitions.
What can I expect when applying to be a volunteer?
We ask all candidates to submit an application form and participate in a transparent and competitive recruitment process. If you are invited to interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss the role and your suitability with an interview panel.
Should you be successfully offered a post but do not have the required work permit to volunteer in the United Kingdom, we may be able to apply for a Tier 5 visa on your behalf. For other locations please do contact us on email@example.com to discuss further.
If you are claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in the UK we understand that you are fully entitled to volunteer for as many hours as you like but please be sure to speak with in advance and notify your Job Centre of your volunteering arrangement.
Is volunteering a route to employment?
We highly value the contribution our Volunteers and Interns provide for Amnesty International, but we emphasize that this is not a guaranteed entry in to paid staff work with our organization.
Some of our current employees have previously volunteered for Amnesty International or similar organizations and it is an experience that will be of great value to you should you wish to start a career in this field