Amnesty International has embarked on a global transition programme to ensure a more impactful and truly global presence for the movement. A movement that acts with greater legitimacy, speed, capacity and relevance as we stand alongside those whose rights are violated. We are adapting to a changing world by building on Amnesty International's 50+ years of ground-breaking achievements for justice and freedom. We believe that by deepening our work in new global offices, including in the global South, we will be even more in line with our mission and core values. Our activists and staff around the world will have increased direct and indirect contact with defenders, partners and human rights violations in different parts of the world with our IS staff closer to the ground. As we build significant membership in the South, we will see international solidarity and democratic decision-making in full bloom.
We have opened Regional Offices in Dakar, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Beirut and Mexico City. And now we are expanding our presence further with a Regional Office for South Asia in Colombo.
ABOUT THE REGIONAL OFFICE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ROLE
Our South Asia office, located in Colombo, will tackle a host of diverse human rights issues in the region. As Executive Assistant, you will play a key role in providing comprehensive, high-level administrative support to ensure the smooth management of the Regional Office. You will be first point of contact for the Regional Director (RD) and their Deputies and will oversee all aspects of the RD's diary, coordinating and managing all correspondence and requests received. Working with a range of stakeholders, you will be responsible for making travel arrangements, coordinating and servicing meetings and organising national and international meetings/events; this will include preparation and circulation of agendas, as well as taking minutes for meetings which the RD (or their Deputies) is responsible.
In this role, you will, together with the Finance team and the Office Assistant, ensure staff have sufficient logistical support and communication systems, and, overall, play an integral part in ensuring that staff in the South Asia Regional Office are enabled the efficient operation of the office's human rights work programmes.
Fluent in English (both written and spoken) and Sinhalese/Tamil, you will be an advanced communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, and will bring significant experience of providing support, including diary management, to senior executive or Board members (with international experience an advantage). You will have a high degree of diplomacy and political judgement with a keen understanding of the importance of safeguarding the confidential nature of our work. A key team-player, you will have a good working knowledge of technology systems and the ability to multi-task and work to deadlines under pressure.