China Researcher

Amnesty International


As Amnesty International’s (AI) lead expert on specific countries or other geographical or thematic areas, the researcher will lead on the development, implementation, drafting, application and evaluation of research in relation to agreed priorities on greater China. They will provide research expertise, research management, political judgment and strategic insights to the broader work of the Amnesty International International Secretariat (IS), including ESEAPRO.


As an experienced researcher with a dedicated commitment to human rights, you will have proven experience of conducting research on human rights issues, specifically in the Greater China region. You will be able to exercise good political judgement, through analysis and diplomacy, to develop effective strategies to impact on human rights in the Asia region, with excellent communication skills in both English and Chinese.


  • Lead on the development of overarching research strategies, planning, outputs and advocacy activities to identify and address civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights concerns impacting people in greater China, including its autonomous regions, Hong Kong and Macau, and Taiwan;
  • Design and implement specific research projects, and participate in the design and implementation of monitoring and impact evaluation plans for these projects as well as relevant initiatives begun by others;
  • Organize, take part in and lead, where agreed, field research and other missions, specifically in areas of information-gathering, fact-finding, analysis and assessment of human rights concerns, including in response to crisis situations;
  • Contribute to producing timely, high quality and effective reports, data visualisations, briefings, position papers, action materials, press releases, and other internal and external documents, working closely with campaigns, comms and advocacy roles in Amnesty’s ESEAPRO team to communicate and deliver outputs with impact;
  • Have the willingness and ability to travel, including to the Asian region, for research, ESEAPRO meetings and other events as required for the delivery of agreed projects.


  • Proven experience of working in a human rights research role, or demonstrated responsibilities undertaking research on human rights or related issues;
  • Specialist knowledge and preferably first-hand experience of the geographical and/or thematic areas in your brief and an in-depth understanding of the nature of key human rights concerns, as well as political, social, legal, economic, cultural, ethnic, racial and gender issues in them;
  • Ability to understand and express ideas in English and Chinese in a fluent, clear and concise way, both orally and in writing; draft text in a variety of styles, e.g., documents such as substantial reports, government correspondence and media and action materials;
  • Ability to deal in a sensitive and understanding manner with a variety of people, including survivors of human rights violations and others who may be distressed.

Please see the attached job description for more information on responsibilities, skills and experience required.


Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 10 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We reach almost every country in the world.

Our aim is simple: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, fairness, freedom and truth wherever they’re denied. And whether we’re applying pressure through powerful research or direct lobbying, mass demonstrations or online campaigning, we’re all inspired by hope for a better world. One where human rights are respected and protected by everyone, everywhere.

At Amnesty International, 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 do, we reward them through a combination of an attractive and sector competitive salary and benefits package, high levels of engagement and involvement, and a commitment to employee development.

Benefits include 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and grace days), pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance and many more benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging environment.

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