Head of Office of the Centre for International Justice (CIJ)

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations.

Amnesty International is campaigning for an effective system of international justice to ensure that when genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances are committed victims have access to justice, truth and reparations without discrimination as to gender, sexual orientation and identity and other status. These crimes must be investigated and prosecuted; the truth must be told so that victims know the causes of the violations; and victims must be provided with full and effective reparations to address their suffering and help them rebuild their lives.

Justice, truth and reparations must be provided before national justice systems and common barriers to do so (i.e. amnesties, immunities or statutes of limitations) must be removed. When national authorities are unable or unwilling to fulfill these obligations, the international community will step in to do so either by exercising universal jurisdiction over those crimes or by making sure that those crimes are prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) or other relevant international or internationalised criminal court.

The rationale behind the establishment of the CIJ in The Hague is the need to establish a physical presence in The Hague in order to sustain and strengthen AI's ongoing efforts to campaign for an effective system of international justice.

The CIJ's primary objective is to work in support of and complement the delivery of the internationally adopted and periodically reviewed global strategy for AI's work on international justice, currently known as AIís global Campaign for International Justice.

The Head of Office has the overall responsibility for managing the Centre for International Justice and directly implementing its tasks of acting as a liaison and representative of AI for relevant actors and platforms in The Hague specializing in international justice, conducting public communication tasks, initiating the production of authoritative publications and managing a visitors program for lawyers, human rights activists representatives of AIís sections and structures, and other partners of AI working on international justice issues.


  • Representing AI, in relation to international justice issues, at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, as well as Hague-based diplomatic representatives, NGOs, media and others. Some limited activity in relation to other international courts (ICTY, Special Court for Sierra Leone, International Court of Justice) may also be required on occasion.
  • Building and maintaining relationship with scholars and academics in The Hague who work on International Justice.
  • Gathering information on the ICC and related international justice issues and facilitating distribution of such information to the key contacts in the IS, sections, structures and other relevant parts of the AI movement and initiating proposals for AI responses, actions and interventions
  • Drafting the CIJ's annual Operational Plan (including budget), using AIís global strategy on international justice as the basis, and preparing quarterly reports on the CIJ's performance against its annual Operational Plan and global international justice strategy
  • Developing and implementing external and internal communication strategy, including by giving media interviews on international justice and maintaining ongoing communication with (international) courts, diplomatic representatives, NGO's, media and other specializing in international justice issues
  • Launching and conducting advocacy work for key AI reports, publications, and recommendations on international justice
  • Managing a visitors program for lawyers, human rights activists, representatives of AIís sections and structures and other partners of AI working on international justice issues, aimed at introducing them to key actors and issues in the area of international justice
  • Managing staff, interns and volunteers as necessary



  • Extensive experience and knowledge of the workings of the ICC and related international organizations.
  • Extensive knowledge of international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law.
  • Extensive experience of working on issues of international relations and sound understanding of the relationship between international politics, human rights and international justice.
  • Excellent ability to represent AI externally, including with members of the judiciary, government representatives, in the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and to the media.
  • Strong advocacy skills.
  • Experience of planning and managing people and resources.
  • Proven ability of managing a small team and ability to work autonomously under high and sustained pressure and to plan and prioritize work to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Excellent ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English, French language skills are desirable
  • Commitment to human rights


Reporting to:

  • The Head of Political Affairs and Press Office of AINL on administrative and financial matters.
  • The Programme Director for International Law and Policy Programme of the IS on substantive operations.


Posts that this job manages:
All staff, interns and volunteers at the CIJ

Other key relationships: The ICC, NGO partners (in the Coalition for the International Criminal Court), International Justice Research, Policy, and Campaign Manager, other members of the International Justice Team, and other staff of AIís International Secretariat, AINL, government officials, human rights experts and the media.

Useful Information
The post is full-time on a fixed term contract, initially of one year in duration, and is employed by Amnesty International Netherlands.

The Hague

For any further information and to submit your application please email cij@amnesty.nl. Applications should be a CV with a covering letter and must be received by 21st March 2012.

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