Amnesty International Job Vacancy: Country Director - Taipei, Taiwan


Amnesty International Taiwan
Organization: Amnesty International Taiwan
Position title: Country Director
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Reports to:   East Asia Regional Office Director (International Secretariat), with matrix reporting to the Chair of AI Taiwan
Salary: Competitive salary & benefits package

Job Purpose:
The Director will drive Amnesty International’s ambitious plans to grow the human rights movement in Taiwan.  (S)he will promote an organizational vision for substantially increasing Amnesty International’s profile and presence in Taiwan that inspires staff, volunteers, members, donors, partners, and potential supporters of AI Taiwan.

The Director will lead AI Taiwan’s contribution to the strategic direction of the global Amnesty International movement through a solid programme of fundraising, campaigning, communications, mobilization and activism.  (S)he will develop and implement strategies, plans and budgets for human rights impact in-country and globally, delivered by a strong and stable Amnesty International presence in Taiwan.

Key focuses of the Director’s role are to expand AI Taiwan’s human rights impact, to secure the financial self-sufficiency of AI Taiwan, and to create a more collaborative team for AI Taiwan. Working closely with AI Taiwan’s Fundraising Manager, Campaign Manager, and with the International Secretariat, the Director will further the growth strategy to meet AI Taiwan’s goals. (S)he will take the responsibility to manage risks and conflicts with strong confidence.

The Director will collaborate closely with the East Asia Regional Office, other International Secretariat offices, and the global Amnesty movement to promote a culture of engagement across the movement to model One Amnesty and its benefits.  The Director will report to the Board of AI Taiwan and the East Asia Regional Director.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Develop and lead the strategic direction, operational objectives and financial plan aligned with movement’s priorities and planning/monitoring/evaluation cycle, in consultation with the International Secretariat and Board of AI Taiwan
  • Maintain a strategic overview of human rights, social, political and economic developments in the country, including civil society developments, to identify strategic opportunities and risks
  • Promote an organizational culture that celebrates integration, inclusiveness, innovation and quality and implement an AI values-based behavior framework
  • Recruit, develop and manage the performance of staff, in compliance with local employment law, to ensure that plans are delivered on time and according to Amnesty International’s quality standards
  • Implement a multi-year growth strategy for Amnesty International Taiwan to deliver agreed fundraising targets, including through individual donor recruitment, retention and development strategies, and potential major funders
  • Monitor and analyze fundraising activities against agreed targets and take appropriate actions to build on success and manage risk; ensure compliance with all relevant fundraising regulations and legal issues as they relate to donor fundraising activities in Taiwan
  • Ensure AI Taiwan delivers strategic communications that provides compelling, urgent and emotive stories to enable recruitment and development of individual donors, members, and activists
  • Oversee financial systems and practices, ensuring financial management, budget preparation, monitoring and quarterly reporting are all performed effectively to inform good quality financial analysis and decisions
  • In coordination with the East Asia Regional Office Director and Chair of AI Taiwan, represent AI Taiwan externally including with the media
  • Provide written, verbal and financial reports to the International Secretariat and the Board of AI Taiwan as requested and ensure that the Board of AI Taiwan remains fully informed about the AI Taiwan’s affairs
  • Actively participate in a biannual review of working relationships with the International Secretariat and with the Board of AI Taiwan
  • Lead an annual performance review process for all AI Taiwan staff, and actively participate in an annual personal performance review of progress against agreed targets and indicators
  • Responsible for overall health, and safety and security of the office and staff 
Skills and Experience:
Knowledge of: 
  • The human rights and socio-political-economic context in Taiwan
  • Amnesty International values, mission and policy positions
  • Approaches to strategic thinking and strategy development, and translating strategic concerns goals into operational plans
  • Organizational development, managing organizational growth and change processes
  • A wide range of fundraising or marketing techniques and activities 
Skills And Experience: 
  • Minimum 3 years of experiences working at senior level leadership or multi-project coordination level in domestic or international not for profit organizations
  • Strong people and conflict management skills to facilitate internal relationships between internal departments and with staff, volunteers, board members, and members
  • Good communication and coordination skills to negotiate complex relationships with external stakeholders including donors, partner organizations, media and government officials
  • Experience in participatory and inclusive approaches to management, with the ability to listen and learn from diverse perspectives
  • Financial management including setting multi-year budgets, financial monitoring and analysis, and financial reporting
  • Demonstrated experience speaking to and cultivating relationships with supporters, media, donors and partner organizations
  • Exemplary internal and external communication skills, both oral and written
  • Fluency in English and Mandarin is essential; other Taiwanese languages would be advantageous
Personal Qualities and Attributes: 
  • Personally credible, with a professional demeanour, sound judgment and integrity that generate the trust and confidence of staff and external stakeholders
  • Self-motivated and results-driven; demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict management skills and the ability to relate to internal and external contacts at all levels
  • Copes well with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Readiness to report and be accountable
  • Commitment to individual and organizational learning and innovation 
How to Apply:
Please send BY EMAIL ONLY a letter of application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to the post with your CV/resume (no photos) in strict confidence by email only to: Karem Armstrong at

Please ensure that they are sent as Word documents with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV” Please put “AI Taiwan- Director” in the email subject line.  Also, please let us know where you saw the post advertised.

The deadline for applications is Sunday January 28th, 2018

Equality and diversity is at the core of Amnesty values and employees 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.

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.