Director at Amnesty International (Al)
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- Company: Amnesty International (Al)
- Location: Ghana
- State: Accra
- Job type: Full-Time
- Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Ghana
Amnesty International (Al) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. Amnesty International Ghana is one of the Section offices of AI around the world and it has been contributing to achieve global goals and objectives of AI by taking part in its worldwide campaigns and doing local human rights work.
Amnesty International Ghana is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual for the post of Director to lead and manage the next stage in its organizational life. The post will be based in Accra.
JOB TITLE: Amnesty International Ghana Director
DEPARTMENT:Amnesty International Ghana
• Delivering on Amnesty International’s human rights change goals in and from Ghana, the Amnesty International Ghana Director is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing strategies, operational plans and budgets for the work of Amnesty International Ghana towards the establishment and development of an effective AI presence in the country.
• The Director is accountable for management of the staff, resources, office in-country and operations ensuring the application of AI policy and quality standards across the operations throughout the office and provide political advice for AI’s work on Ghana.
• Externally the Director is responsible for building national relationships and Amnesty International’s profile in Ghana and within the Amnesty International movement.
• The Director will represent AI at a senior level with the Ghana government and others.
Reporting to: Chair of the Board of Amnesty International, Ghana (AI Ghana)
• Posts that this job manages: The Director will be responsible for the direct line management of relevant jobs within the structure of AI Ghana and have overall accountability for effective line management of all posts within AI Ghana. These include Staff, Volunteers,Interns, Regional Activism Coordinators, Temporary Staff and Fixed Term Contract Staff in the AI Ghana Office.
• Other key relationships: The Director represents Amnesty International in Ghana to the public, government and business leaders, IGOs, media, current and potential donors, partner NGOs and CBOs, and rights-holders and promotes strategic collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders.
The post holder also works in close collaboration with:
• Regional Director
• Regional Research and Advocacy Director
• Regional Capacity Building Coordinator
• Campaigns and Communications Directorate
• Law and Policy Directorates
• Colleagues of Amnesty International in Sections around the world.
The Director is responsible for the following tasks:
Delivering Human Rights impact through organisational management and leadership:
• Develop and promote an organisational vision and human rights and growth strategy for AI Ghana which inspires and motivates internal and external stakeholders and articulates its human rights change goals, working closely with the board of AI Ghana.
• Ensure that AI maintains its pre-eminent position in the field of human rights by ensuring the application of AI standards of work, including AI’s human rights policy and standards.
• Recruit, develop and manage the performance of staff, volunteers and consultants, in order to ensure that impact oriented operational plans are delivered on time to a high standard and in compliance with AI Global People Management Standard, AI Ghana’s Staff Terms and Conditions of Employment, related policies and local employment law.
• Develop and monitor budget and provide internal and external reports on budgets and financial issues in line with the Financial Policy of Amnesty International Ghana and manage the annual audit of the financial accounts in compliance with local regulations to ensure that the operational plans are delivered in line with the approved budgets and with sound financial accountability.
• To identify resource needs of the office and work in collaboration with the International Secretariat to ensure resource needs are met.
• Establish and implement quality control systems to ensure that the activities of Amnesty International Ghana meet the organizational standards of timeliness, accuracy, consistency, balance, independence and impartiality and meet impact indicators. Ensure the identification and sharing of best practice models with the movement and timely reporting against key performance indicators of the entity.
• To act as ‘Head of Office’ for the AI Ghana office in relation to the overall health safety and security of the office and in order to ensure that the office carries out the facilities, logistical and administrative functions required in order to effectively carry out its activities.
• Establish effective working relationships with the Board and within the AI movement, participating in AI Ghana Board meetings and contribute to the Board discussions and decisions.
• Attend and participate in the periodic meetings (e.g. Global Assembly, Chairs Assembly & Directors Forum) organized by the Global Movements.
• Contribute to policy discussions, development and review of the Section as well as the Global Movement.
• Ensure that AI Ghana members adhere to AI’s basic principles, organisational rules and guidelines as may be determined by the Global Movement and the Section.
• Establish a culture of engagement across the movement to model One Amnesty and its benefits.
External Representation of the Amnesty International movement within Ghana:
• Develop, maintain and utilize effective working relationships with key external stakeholders including partner organizations, networks, coalitions, donors and key internal stakeholders in order to identify and take advantage of opportunities for cooperation, collaboration and information sharing which will increase the impact and influence of the work of AI Ghana.
• Leverage Ghana’s influence regionally and globally by calling on the government to promote human rights domestically and internationally.Coordinate advocacy and lobbying work in Ghana, including building relationships with partner organizations, the media and government and
working with global sections to maximise the influence of their international solidarity work.
• Identify and ensure relationships are built with key donors and funding constituencies.
• Represent Amnesty International in Ghana at public events, to NGOs, the media, International Organizations and the Government in order to ensure that Amnesty International has a visible profile with external stakeholders in Ghana and in order to deliver impact in compliance with AI’s mission and strategy in Ghana.
• As the Chief Spokesperson in the country, interact with the media proactively and support the organization of media activities in order to support AI research and high level missions as needed and to ensure compliance with the organizational standards for media work.
• Maintain an overview of the political situation, strategic opportunities for growth and mobilization and other relevant developments in Ghana in relation to civil society and human rights in order to propose strategic opportunities to leverage influence and for the risk management of the work of Amnesty International in Ghana.
• Based on the Human Rights and Growth strategy, develop and implement operational plans for AI Ghana to deliver on objectives related to:
O A programme of solid, campaigning, communications, mobilisation and activism linked to clear theory of change for priority human rights issues in Ghana.
O A centralized constituency relationship management system capable of mobilizing activism and resources to further Amnesty International’s human rights goals in Ghana.
O Strengthening the power of right-holders and support the human rights movement through innovative options for engagement and activism.
O Creation of an AI presence in Ghana that innovates and leads new thinking and approaches.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION
• Commitment to and substantial knowledge of human rights in Ghana, and good knowledge of human rights issues in the West Africa region.
• Demonstrated knowledge of political, economic and social trends in Ghana and deep understanding of challenges of developing activist organizations in the country. Good knowledge of the socio-political human rights development in the West Africa region.
• An understanding of the civil society landscape in Ghana.
• Exemplary communication skills, both oral and written, and fluency in English.
• Demonstrated people management skills, including the ability to manage complex relationships with private and public sector stakeholders in the region including media, donors and high level governmental and non-governmental officials as well as AI Ghana staff.
• Strategic and analytical thinking with the ability to translate strategy and concepts into action and to review and adapt plans as required.
• Excellent organization and administrative skills, including financial management.
• Strong political judgement
• Strong facilitation skills – the ability to listen and learn from diverse perspectives.
• Demonstrated time management and organizational skills.
• Proven record of senior level leadership and management success, preferably in an international non-governmental organization.
• Demonstrated experience speaking to and cultivating relationships with the media and donors.
• Experience of effective lobbying governments and intergovernmental agents for policy change.
• Sound experience of fund raising and grant management through trusts and foundations, experience of individual donor fund raising desirable.
• Sound, mature judgment and integrity and understanding of both physical and political security issues.
• Self-motivation and initiative; ability to work independently as well as in teams.
• Readiness to report and be accountable.
• Ability to work under pressure, under tight deadline and involving odd hours and weekends on occasions.
• Equality and diversity is at the core of Amnesty values and staff are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach toothers from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
• 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.
Benefits: Gross salary XXXXX per month; with annual step increment, benefits. Induction to the post is in the country. You will be part of a lively network of peers and colleagues from around the world.
How To Apply For The Job
Interested candidates may download the application form from our website at:
Please complete the application form and return it to:
Please note you must fill out the application form only. Curriculum Vitae will not be accepted.
Closing Date: 31 March, 2021