Regional Researcher – Project on workers’ rights in South Asia

Amnesty International


The post holder will lead and shape a project on women workers’ rights in South Asia, focussing on the garment sector primarily, in order to scrutinise, challenge, interrogate and expose human rights risks/violations in the sector using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. The post-holder will have the opportunity to spearhead novel investigative techniques combining traditional human rights research methods with participatory methods, collaborating with a wider range of actors who are already active and established in the field of workers’ rights in South Asia.


An experienced individual who has secured grant funding and/or investments especially from philanthropic funders, you relish the opportunity to not only ensure that Amnesty’s work secures more funding but also that our relationships with funders are best in class and mutually rewarding. You are adept at building relationships both internally and externally and able to coach and guide key stakeholders to ensure optimum outcomes.


  • Co-develop a strategic research and investigations plan with the project team, investigating the human rights concerns impacting women in the garment sector in South Asia, with a view to gathering evidence of human rights abuses in the post-Covid 19 world and the liability of all actors in the supply chain whose actions and inactions impact the rights of women workers.
  • Manage the evidence gathering, consultations, interviews and triangulation of data, tracing the supply chain to source and the impact that it has on lived experience of women workers in the garment sector using innovative research methods.
  • Represent Amnesty externally and in the media and act as an expert spokesperson on workers’ rights issues in South Asia in order to raise public awareness of Amnesty and its calls for action, build support for concrete recommendations for change, and position Amnesty as a champion and supporter on this issue.
  • Proactively identify opportunities to investigate human rights abuses in the garment sector; use outputs of research and investigations to inform AAL’s policy recommendations, advocacy and campaigning.


  • Strong technical understanding of the international human rights law framework on workers’ rights along with a strong understanding of the domestic human rights obligations under common law and domestic laws in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
  • Experience in conducting field research, contacts and networks with workers’ rights groups in the region and leading a research project with multiple consultants, research objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience of carrying out complex research and investigations projects and producing high quality outputs, and ability to work independently and to lead the project team.
  • Understanding and commitment to equality, intersectionality, anti-racism and decolonial practices as well as a commitment to elevating the voices and experiences of affected and marginalized communities within tech and human rights research.


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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If you are talented, passionate about human rights and want to use your skills, knowledge and experience to change the world then we would encourage you to click ‘Apply for this Role’ below.

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N.B. We reserve the right to close a vacancy before the closing date in the event of an overwhelming response or a change in business priorities.

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