Human Rights Law and Policy Campaigner

Job Detail

Company: Recruiting through World Skills Employment Centre
Industry: Non-profit Sector
Job Type: Full Time
Salary Level ($):
Job Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Highest Level Of Education: Master
Job Posting Date: 10-Jul-2018
Apply by: 22-Jul-2018

Job Description:

Job Opportunity with Amnesty International Canada

World Skills Employment Centre is working with Amnesty International Canada to recruit for the position of Human Rights Law and Policy Campaigner.

World Skills is not hiring for this position. If you are interested in this opportunity, please follow these steps:

  • Please send a cover letter and a resume to, on or before 9:00 am, July 22, 2018.
  • Please write the position title in the subject line of your email.
  • Please save your cover letter and resume as a SINGLE document, with the file name Your First Name_ Last Name_Position Title (John_Smith_Project Officer). IMPORTANT!
  • Please submit your resumé and a covering letter outlining: 1) why you are interested in joining
    Amnesty International Canada; 2) your qualifications for the position; and, 3) how you would
    contribute to the diversity of our workforce and the diversity of perspectives to further our human
    rights work.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.

If you are not yet registered with World Skills, please contact 613-233-0453 to book an appointment for Intake and Assessment or to learn more about our programs and services.

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Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of 7 million ordinary people in more than 150

countries who come together to achieve extraordinary results in defending and promoting human

rights. We get discriminatory laws changed and prisoners of conscience released. We’ve helped

stop torture, commute death sentences and worked to end violence against women. We stand

alongside Indigenous Peoples demanding that their rights be respected.

Amnesty International Canada is committed to employment equity, actively seeks diversity in the

workplace, and welcomes and encourages applications from members of equity-seeking groups

including women, transgender, non-binary, and LGBTI individuals; First Nations, Metis, and Inuit

individuals, persons with disabilities, and members of racialized and marginalized groups.

We are recruiting a Human Rights Law and Policy Campaigner to develop and implement

Amnesty International Canada’s long-term and annual plans on the application of international

human rights law in priority areas identified in the Branch’s strategic plans. These currently

include refugee rights, security, and the arms trade. This involves coordinating the articulation of

long-term goals and annual objectives, and the main strategies and activities to achieve them.

These areas of focus will evolve over time.

These plans must contribute as much as possible to all of the Branch’s objectives, including

human rights impact, financial health, supporter growth and supporter engagement.

Working alongside the Secretary General, the Campaigner plays a key role in supporting the legal

work of the Branch such as court interventions, and in advocacy before international human

rights bodies that is not directly connected to the work of another campaigner. The Campaigner

plays a lead role in contributing to the development of Amnesty International’s global policies

and in determining whether and how to translate these into AIC campaigns and activities.

The Campaigner also liaises with volunteer Country and Thematic Coordinators and with other

campaigners involved as issues arise that are relevant to their work.

Campaigners are expected to help build the understanding of the members, supporters and the

general public of the importance of achieving the long-term and annual goals of their area of

work and of the Branch as a whole. They contribute to the development of supporter training in

their areas, such as preparing briefing materials and offering webinars, and to the engagement of

supporters and the public in activism that supports the achievement of the strategic goals.

Throughout their work, Campaigners must contribute to gender equity, integrate youth and

address the broader goals of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-oppression.

Full details are available in the job description posted on Amnesty International Canada’s



Education and Professional Qualifications

  • member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • B. or J.D. (or equivalent from another country)
  • undergraduate university degree, with some general or specialized background in human rights or international issues or a minimum of 3 years post-high school work or volunteer experience in a related field.


  • a minimum of 3 years of experience in an NGO with a campaigning focus.

Special Knowledge or Ability

  • knowledge of international human rights law and related international bodies, mechanisms and policies, and their application in Canada, particularly in the areas of the rights of refugees and issues related to international peace and security
  • knowledge of human rights issues in a range of regions and countries
  • understanding of the needs of a membership movement
  • knowledge of and connections with Canadian civil society movements, networks and stakeholders in the relevant areas
  • ability to think and plan strategically
  • basic digital literacy required; strong digital skills an asset.

Interpersonal Skills

  • advocacy and strategic thinking skills
  • ability to collaborate with staff and members in developing strategies
  • experience in accessing and enabling the expertise of others
  • ability to learn from, and help others learn from, experiences.

Communication Skills

  • superb communication skills necessary to act as spokesperson for the Branch
  • excellent writing skills with an action focus
  • ability to write, design and post material to the Branch website and to blog
  • ability to use social media strategically to advance campaign objectives

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours/week)

Start date: By September 17, 2018

Duration: Indeterminate period

Location: Ottawa preferred (Toronto a possibility)

Starting salary: $64,241 - $66,093 per annum (commensurate with qualifications)

Travel: Some travel required