ECUADOR COUNTRY SPECIALIST
Amnesty International USA
About the organization
Amnesty International USA has more than a million members and activists in all 50 states. Our members are part of a larger global movement of 10 million people in 150 countries. We are a democratically governed, grassroots membership organization, which means that our members vote on key policy issues and elect our Board of Directors.
Some of our members are experts on specific human rights issues, parts of the world, or advocacy areas, and they serve as volunteer leaders. Others are volunteer leaders of local Amnesty International groups in towns, universities, states, or regions of the country. Our elected Board members, staff, and members work together to lead the organization.
- Routinely monitor the political and human rights situation in Ecuador, with a solid understanding of AI’s policy and specific concerns pertaining to Ecuador.
- Develop and implement action strategies for Ecuador in coordination with Amnesty International’s researchers and campaigners around the world and the Advocacy Director of the Americas.
- Provide general assistance, information, and actions to AIUSA members and activists seeking to work on issues related to human rights in Ecuador.
- Assist the organization in developing and maintaining contacts with counterparts in other human rights organizations, solidarity groups and other stakeholders.
- Collaborate with AIUSA Advocacy Directors on any aspects of AIUSA’s legislative work pertaining to Ecuador i.e. communicating with US State Department desk officers, US embassies abroad, foreign embassies in Washington DC and consulates throughout the US.
- Serve as AIUSA’s liaison to colleagues working on Ecuador at Amnesty’s International Secretariat.
- Provide expert letters of support for Ecuadorian asylum seekers and occasionally testify at hearings.
- Serve as spokespersons for Ecuador for AIUSA; respond to and initiate media coverage on the relevant country or theme. This includes both domestic and international print, TV, radio, and digital outlets. Work with relevant staff to maintain/update country or thematic pages on AIUSA’s website and to create/publish online actions and blogs.
- Based in the United States, willing to commit to the role for a minimum of two years.
- Substantive knowledge of human rights issues and trends in Ecuador.
- Familiar with advocacy or research relating to the rights of civilians in conflict, women, peace & security, and/or minority rights.
- Experience with grassroots campaigning and/or Amnesty International.
- Familiarity with international human rights standards.
- Experience studying or supporting civil society, human rights, gender equality, LGBTQI+ rights, or fundamental freedoms in Ecuador.
- Comfortable speaking out on human rights either on social media, in front of a public audience, by lobbying members of congress or through writing.
- Engaged and responsive.
- Knowledge and fluency of Spanish or other regional languages is preferred.
- Thoughtful, respectful, and committed team member dedicated to human rights in Ecuador and ready to join our team.
- Able to commit a sufficient amount of time to accomplish the tasks outlined above.
Contact email: [email protected]
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