Human Rights Law and Policy Campaigner - Amnesty International Canada

Sep 17, 2021
Across Canada

Hours:                            Full-time

Duration:                      Approximately 12 months

Location:                      Negotiable within Canada

Starting salary:         $67, 262 per annum

Travel:                          Some travel required once travel restrictions allow

Deadline:                     Applications accepted until 5pm (eastern time), Friday, September 17

Amnesty International Canada (AIC) is looking for a Human Rights Law and Policy Campaigner to develop and implement AIC’s long-term and annual plans on the application of international human rights law in priority areas.

Reporting to the Programs Manager (Campaigns & Advocacy), and working alongside the Secretary General, this role will contribute to the development of Amnesty International’s global policies and in determining whether and how to translate these into AIC advocacy, campaigns, and activities. The successful candidate must bring a lens of anti-racism, anti-oppression, gender mainstreaming, intersectionality, inclusivity, and accessibility to external and internal work, to all interpersonal interactions and in line with any organization policies & protocols. In addition, this role supervises the work of interns, consultants, legal fellows, or office volunteers, assigning tasks, advising on their content, and monitoring the work to completion.


Foundational Work:

  • Strategically develop campaign plans and activities to achieve human rights impact
  • Leading the legal work for the Branch which includes court interventions, and in advocacy before international human rights bodies
  • Support the legal work of the Branch, including helping to liaise with Amnesty’s pro bono lawyers and the International Secretariat in preparing litigation, helping to supervise Articling students and legal interns, supporting the development of legal strategies, and supporting the drafting of legal documents; if eligibility requirements are met, this role may serve as the Articling Principal
  • Undertake ongoing monitoring and analysis of relevant information from the International Secretariat, the media, relevant Canadian networks and partners, and governments and other official documents, to inform and regularly update campaign plans
  • At times conduct research in support of Operational Plans and branch strategic goals
  • Undertake casework to assist refugee claimants who fall within Amnesty’s mandate and to assist Canadians detailed abroad
  • Act as primary Branch Liaison with the relevant International Secretariat teams

Campaigns and Advocacy Work:

  • Lead in the development of campaign strategies to mobilize AIC’s membership and members of the public on priority issues as noted above
  • In collaboration with other colleagues, identify and develop action opportunities and content for a variety of audiences and methods of engagement, including advising and providing content for the Branch’s website or social media channels 
  • Serve as one of the main organizational spokespeople in the implementation of the above plans, in terms of preparing issues briefs and appearing before committees of Parliament and the Senate, holding meetings with individuals and groups of interested Members of Parliament and Senators, offering media interviews, speaking to a variety of external audiences, and participating actively in relevant coalitions and networks in Canada and at times internationally
  • Prepare, where necessary, high-level advocacy briefings, reports or submissions in support of key cases and thematic areas of work 
  • Develop content for Branch publications, including but not limited to the annual Human Rights Agenda for Canada or Activism Guide  
  • Draft submissions for international human rights treaty bodies and other human rights mechanisms as needed
  • Respond to enquiries from members and the public as needed 


  • Current member of the Law Society of Ontario is required
  • LL.B. or J.D. degree (or equivalent from another country)
  • Eligible to serve as an articling principal with the Law Society of Ontario considered an asset
  • Undergraduate degree with general or specialized background in human rights OR work or volunteer experience in a related field
  • Previous experience working for or with an NGO with a campaigning and advocacy focus
  • 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
  • Proven ability to work successfully with a diverse population and in applying anti-racism, anti-oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion principles, and apply an intersectional lens to their work
  • Proven commitment to self-development in the principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression, diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Knowledge of core human rights issues in a broad range of regions and countries
  • Knowledge of and relationship with Canadian civil society and social justice movements, networks, and stakeholders in relevant areas
  • Ability to think plan and communicate strategically, including advocacy and strategic thinking skills, and ability to collaborate with rights holders, partners, staff and members in developing strategy 
  • Excellent communication skills necessary to act as a spokesperson for the Branch as appropriate, and work collaboratively with colleagues based in various locations across the country, region and world 
  • Ability to write accurate and compelling content for a variety of audiences  
  • Available to travel or work on evenings or weekends

This position is unionized under Unifor Local 567.



Amnesty International is a movement of 10 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 in solidarity with 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 LGBTQ2+ individuals; First Nations, Metis, and Inuit individuals, persons with disabilities, and members of racialized and marginalized groups. We believe our work is stronger when it benefits from the experience, knowledge and wisdom of people who have faced systemic barriers and encourage applications from qualified candidates who have lived experience as a member of historically underrepresented communities. 

AIC values qualified diverse candidates who bring skills that contribute to our anti-racist and anti-oppressive transformational journey. At AIC, employees are expected to contribute to an inclusive environment and bring the knowledge, experience, and ability to incorporate anti-racism, anti-oppression, intersectionality, gender mainstreaming, inclusion, and accessibility practices to external and internal work and to all interpersonal interactions.


At Amnesty International Canada, we are passionate about what we do, and we are proud of our achievements as a movement. To compensate our employees for the critical work they undertake, we reward them with an attractive, sector competitive salary and benefits package plus the opportunity to develop professionally.

If you are talented, passionate about human rights and want to use your skills, knowledge, and experience to change the world, we encourage you to join us.


Together with your resume, please forward a 1-page cover letter (250 words maximum) that includes your responses to the following questions: 

  1. How do you relate to Amnesty International Canada’s mission?
  2. What interests you most about this position?
  3. How would your skills and experiences (personal and professional) translate into success in this position? 
  4. What does a commitment to ARAO and DEI look like to you?

Applications must be submitted electronically via CharityVillage.

Although we appreciate the interest of all candidates, only candidates invited for interviews will be contacted. These candidates may be asked to provide samples of their work. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities upon request.

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