NGO Recruitment’s NFP Hiring insights and salary snapshot 2022

Regional Director

Organisation Name Amnesty International
Location Bangkok, Thailand
Date Posted 2022-11-24
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 998699
  • Regional leadership role for global human rights advocacy
  • Rare opportunity to drive the Asia Pacific programme strategy
  • Bangkok-based, could consider other regional Amnesty location


The Organisation

The Amnesty International Secretariat (AIIS) operates from several sites around the world, gathering and communicating accurate and action-oriented human rights information globally. AIIS campaigns for meaningful human rights, enabling effective activism, and works to persuade governments and other actors to uphold universal standards. AIIS provides strategic leadership, support, and advice to the Amnesty movement globally, fostering Amnesty’s contribution, presence, and public accountability internationally.
The regional office plays a critical role, gathering and communicating accurate and action-oriented human rights information and delivering on the vision to end human rights abuses, building respectful societies. Across East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (ESEAPRO), Amnesty International (AI) campaigns for meaningful change, supporting national entities, enabling effective activism and growth, and works to persuade governments and other actors to uphold universal standards.

Benefits & Culture

Supportive and empowering leadership, highly visible role with regional and occasional international HQ travel.

Location: Bangkok is preferred, Seoul or another Asia Pacific location may be considered. 

Five behaviours form the basis of Amnesty culture: accountable, considerate, creative, decisive, respectful.

Equality and diversity are at the core of Amnesty’s values. Staff are expected to work collectively and individually with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, promoting a constructive and sensitive approach, where work is valued and respected.

The Role
Reporting to the senior director, Regional Human Rights Impact, the regional director, ESEAPRO leads and oversees AIIS’s work in the region through a high-capacity International Secretariat presence in Bangkok, Seoul, and additional placements within the region. The regional director builds and leads the multi-functional team and the development and implementation of global strategies to deliver human rights impact and help develop the AIIS global movement.

This role also supports Amnesty International’s (AI) country-level work and ensures the multi-functional office delivers on effective research, advocacy, campaigning, communication, movement- building, growth, fundraising and key relationship-building strategies. Additional responsibilities are to:
  • Represent and advocate for AI and build partnerships
  • Provide strategic direction and coherent regional programming guidance
  • Oversee risk and budget management of all regional Amnesty presences
  • Support and inspire the regional teams; provide duty of care of staff

Skills Required
You are an established Asia Pacific regional leader and a respected human rights practitioner. You have the strong desire and proven expertise to further AI’s work in the region by providing strategic leadership and capacity building support to the country heads.
You have managed large and diverse teams and built successful and supportive cultures and you have a substantive understanding of international law and the priorities for the region. You can further offer:
  • Deep understanding of the regional political, economic, and human rights context
  • Proven capacity as a leader influencing impact within the region
  • Experience in representation, convening, advocacy, and media liaison
  • Understanding of campaigning/mobilisation; excellent strategic skills
  • Ability to build trustful, respectful relationships and motivate teams
  • Resilience, drive, and a high degree of flexibility; willing to travel in the region
  • Excellent English skills, Asia/Pacific languages are desirable

If you would like to leverage your human rights expertise to help AI ensure governments are held accountable for human rights violations across the Asia Pacific region, and you meet most or even some of the above criteria, please submit an expression of interest by addressing the above skills required, submitting your cover letter and resume quoting reference #998699. Alternatively, call Lois Freeke in Australia (AEDT) in confidence on: +61 (0) 3 8080 8978.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.