Nairobi, Kenya


The purpose of this job is to design and lead campaigns that build an inclusive anti-discriminatory national movement response to gross inequalities, corruption and impunity. Delivering one of two significant pillars of the National Strategic Framework, this position shall manage proactive public-based campaigns with circles of conscience, citizens, civic partners, and key state agencies.


Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of over seventeen million people committed to campaigning and action to improve human rights standards enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution and International Law. Amnesty International Kenya envisions a place where every person enjoys all the human rights enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010, national laws, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other international human rights instruments.

Our mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of human rights. Our core values are inclusion, integrity, boldness, innovation, impartiality, independence, democracy, mutual respect, principles of international solidarity, effective action for the individual victim, national coverage and the universality and indivisibility of human rights.

We stand up for freedom of expression, association, and assembly, economic, social and gender justice, freedom from discrimination, equality, human rights’ solutions, people empowerment, feminist leadership and a campaign force that brings together our local roots and our global reach.

As a senior member of our staff, you will be required to actively demonstrate a commitment to Amnesty’s organisational values and vision and Kenyan Constitution and be familiar with rights-based organising, citizen empowerment and an anti-discriminatory approach to social justice. You will be required to work in teams, multi-task and work to deadlines, sometimes under pressure. As a senior member of staff, you will also play an active role within the Amnesty international community to shape international human rights education relevant for Kenya and the international human rights movement.


Managers, all staff, Board Members, Specific Staff with the Amnesty International Secretariat and Funding Partners with related responsibilities and areas of work.


The Freedoms and Citizenship Campaign Manager will:

  • Design, manage and evaluate strategic campaign outcomes, theory of change and actions taken to deliver Amnesty International Kenya’s overall commitment to expanding freedoms of expression, association, assembly and active citizenship
  • Provide thought-leadership on freedoms and citizenship rights, initiate research ideas, inform mass and new media opportunities and spaces
  • Lead movement-building programs that can attract considerable number of supporters and members, alliances, and funding for human rights work in Kenya
  • Manage the Freedoms and Citizenship team by ensuring overall team effectiveness, actively managing performance, team welfare, recruitment and onboarding, learning and development and liaising with the admin team on administrative issues relating to the respective staff.
  • Manage the Freedoms and Citizenship budget while ensuring cost effectiveness and alignment to project activities

A change-maker with a passion and understanding of human rights, you will ensure all Amnesty campaigns and actions are underpinned by our theory of change by;

  • Representing Amnesty and actively promoting the values and obligations contained in the constitution and international human rights standards and covenants;
  • Leading in and participating in proactive and rapid response campaigns and actions
  • Managing Amnesty resources towards significant impact with an eye for value for money, integrity and humility.
  • Recruit, coach and significantly expand relationships with staff, volunteers and members that leaves them enlivened, active and empowered to act on human rights issues;
  • Shape Amnesty’s research and public positioning in policy dialogues, public events, social and mass media engagement;
  • Identify, nurture and expand collaboration with a core group of like-minded projects, institutions, duty-bearers, persons at risks, communities and human rights alliances, partners and other civic organisations;
  • Support and drive online and off-line training and other empowerment tools, spaces and methodologies that supports the emergence of active, empowered and ethical circles of conscience nationally
  • Engage and support other Amnesty initiatives nationally, regionally and globally in order to build comparative understanding and synergies across the Amnesty movement.



  • At least a first degree in law, criminal justice, human rights or another appropriate discipline and an Advocate of the High Court.
  • At least 10 years relevant experience in coordinating human rights programmes, campaigns and or legal case flow management.
  • At least 5 years relevant experience in managing staff, budgets or other change management;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze injustice and rights violations and to develop short and long-term outcome-based strategies that achieve human rights impact and change;
  • Demonstrated experience of influencing civic organisations, social movements leaders and mid-level government officials, policy makers and law enforcement officials.
  • Demonstrated fundraising, budget and strategy management competency as well as an ability to review/adapt them to fast changing political situations, exercising and promoting creative thinking;
  • A confident public communicator with good analytical, presentation and editorial digital skills;
  • Team leadership, outstanding social and intercultural skills and proven ability to multi-task and work to deadlines, sometimes under pressure and in challenging situations.


  • Experience of coordinating protection for witnesses and survivors of human rights violations especially in responding to exclusion, discrimination, stigma and conflict
  • Demonstrated experience of fundraising and budget-management upwards of Kshs ten million or more
  • Evidence of coordinating research and documentation for policy influence.
  • Experience of independently designing and delivering impactful and fully integrated campaigns through the complete campaign lifecycle (issue identification, strategy development, campaign delivery, monitoring, campaign exit and impact assessment)
  • Experience of leading several teams simultaneously and contributing to setting priorities, motivating oneself and others, and resolving team conflicts.
  • Demonstrated extensive and professional use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn among others).


The Behaviour Framework focuses on how we work rather than what our job is designed to do. It articulates the behaviours that are expected from a group of professionals who are working effectively together. It includes Delivering results – Working with others – Developing oneself and others – Contributing to a dynamic and effective IS – Making decisions – Taking the initiative – Communicating and influencing.


Equality and diversity are at the core of our values. Staff are expected to 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. We do not discriminate based on your gender, age, ethnicity, disability, class, sexual preference, or other identities. Women and persons with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.


Amnesty International Kenya does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). Amnesty International Kenya does not share your applications or information with third parties without your consent.


Public or other activity, affiliation to or support for any group or organization, personal association or other factor which may generate a real or perceived conflict of interest with Amnesty International’s principles (specifically independence and impartiality), or raise a security concern, or otherwise prevent the candidate from carrying out key functions of the specific post and would therefore disqualify the candidate from being appointed.

This job description will be reviewed from time to time to ensure that the scope and focus are in tandem with Amnesty International’s priorities and operating context.

All applications must be received on or before Sunday 16th July 2023, 2359, hours (EAT)