Executive Director

Job Type: Job (fixed contract)
Closing Date: April 30, 2019


Indians for Amnesty International Trust (IAIT), in its 6+ years of operations, has established itself as a leading NGO in the creation of human rights impact on key human rights concerns including gender based violence, human rights education, undertrials in the criminal justice system, human rights defenders and impunity.

Building on the innovative and pioneering efforts, we are seeking applications for the position of Executive Director (ED) from leaders in the region to join the organization and lead our work in India.



Location:  Bengaluru, India
Department:  SMT
Reports To:  Board of Trustees of IAIT
Manages:  Management of Senior Management Team members
Travel:  Extensive
Monthly Salary (CTC):  Negotiable as per Industry standards

Job Purpose

The ED is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing strategies, operational plans and budgets for the work of IAIT. The ED will also be accountable for management of the staff, resources and its office(s) in India, as per the approved policies and quality standards. Externally, the ED will represent the organization at senior levels with the Indian government, civil society and other relevant social actors as per need as well as develop new relationships.

Job Responsibilities

Key deliverables

The ED will be responsible for the following tasks:

Delivering impact through organisational management and leadership:

  • Work towards realisation of organizational vision, human rights and growth strategy of IAIT in alignment with its Strategic Goals which inspires and motivates internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead the implementation of the agreed operational plan and maintain an overview of human rights, social, political and economic developments to guide the strategic priorities of IAIT.
  • Ensure that IAIT maintains its pre-eminent position in the field of human rights legal and policy analysis by ensuring the application of the organization’s standards of work, including IAIT’s human rights policy and standards, the accuracy of the analysis and application of law and policy.
  • Guide the recruitment, development and performance management of staff, volunteers and consultants, as needed, in order to ensure that impact oriented operational plans are delivered on time to a high standard and in compliance with IAIT’s Staff Terms and Conditions of Employment, related policies and Indian employment law.
  • Maintain quality control systems to ensure that the activities of IAIT meet the organizational standards of timeliness, accuracy, consistency, balance, independence and impartiality. Ensure timely reporting against key performance indicators of the entity.
  • Establish a culture of engagement across the organisation.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key external stakeholders including partner organizations, networks, coalitions, donors and internal stakeholders in order to identify and take advantage of opportunities for cooperation, collaboration and information sharing which will increase the scope and impact of the work of IAIT.
  • Represent IAIT in India at public events, to NGOs, the media, international organizations and the government in order to ensure that IAIT has a visible profile with external stakeholders in India.
  • As the Chief Media Spokesperson in the country, interact with the media proactively and support the organization’s media-related activities in order to promote IAIT’s research and high level missions.
  • Oversee the fundraising strategy for IAIT. which delivers an agreed gross revenue amount.
  • Ensure the development of effective communication tools to grow and retain an engaged and dynamic supporter base through high quality supporter relationship management processes for IAIT in India as per the terms of contract.
  • Develop plans and procedures for the active participation of IAIT’s supporter base in the governance of IAIT.


Operational Management:

  • Accountable for the overall health safety and security of employees and offices in order to ensure efficient and effective management of the organisation.
  • Produce strong research and policy reports and achieve campaign objectives as outlined in the organisation’s strategic plan.
  • Develop, monitor and provide internal and external reports on budgets and financial issues in line with the Financial Policy of the Organization and ensure annual audit of the financial accounts in compliance with local regulations and ensure that the operational plans are delivered in line with the approved budgets and with sound financial accountability.
  • Ensure that the organisation is compliant with all statutory laws and regulations and is transparent, accountable and meets all monitoring agreements.
  • Promote a culture of inclusion and deepening diversity across all levels in the organization.

This Job Description may be amended or added to from time to time. Any amendment, addition, deletion or other changes will be done in consultation with the post-holder and will be confirmed in writing.

Working relationships:

Reporting to: The Board of Trustees of IAIT

Posts that this job manages: The ED will be responsible for the direct line management of Senior Management Team members covering Operations, Programmes, Fundraising, and have overall accountability for effective line management of all posts within the country.

Other key relationships: The ED will represent IAIT in India to the public, government and business leaders, INGOs, media, partner NGOs and community-based organizations and promote strategic collaboration and partnerships with all stakeholders.

The position holder will also liaise with the International Secretariat and its sections and other international development organisations including UN, as per need

Contract duration: 4 years

Skills and Requirements


  • Deep and substantial knowledge and understanding of human rights issues in India and globally
  • Demonstrated knowledge of political, economic and social trends in India and deep understanding of challenges of developing activist organizations in the country.
  • An understanding of the civil society and social movement’s landscape in India.
  • Knowledge of campaigning, media, fundraising and communications and project management with the ability to lead the organization’s strategic plans, and ensure the monitoring and evaluation of performance and impact


  • Exemplary communication skills, both oral and written, and fluency in English.
  • Demonstrated people management skills, including the ability to manage complex relationships with NGOs, social movements, private and public sector stakeholders in the region including media, donors and high level governmental and non-governmental officials.
  • Strategic and analytical thinking with the ability to translate strategy and concepts into action and to review and adapt plans as required.
  • Excellent people management and administrative skills, in particular an appreciation for the importance of strong fiscal management.
  • Strong facilitation skills – the ability to listen and learn from diverse perspectives.
  • Demonstrated time management and organizational skills.


  • Proven record of senior level leadership and management success, preferably in a sizable NGO of repute and good standing
  • Experience of effective lobbying with governments and intergovernmental agents for policy change.
  • Experience in building relationships with a diverse range of social actors, including NGOs, social movements and human rights organizations.
  • Preferably with strong relationships and track record with national media and funding institutions and experience of building public constituency/ membership in India.


  • Sound, mature judgment and integrity
  • Understanding of both physical and political security issues for operations in the region and ability to identify risks and safeguard staff and operations
  • Self-motivation and initiative; ability to work independently as well as in teams.
  • Readiness to learn from institutional experience, report and be accountable.

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Equality Statement

Amnesty International India is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to building a diverse workplace which is mindful of historical injustice in India. We are especially interested in candidates from Dalit, Adivasi, and OBC communities, persons with disabilities and members of religious minority groups, who can contribute through their experience to the diversity and effectiveness of our workplace.
Equality and diversity are core to our values as an organization. Staff members are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to colleagues from different backgrounds, and value and respect their work.

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Conflict of Interest

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.

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