Join the US Embassy in South Africa as a Human Rights Assistant: Apply Today!!!

The US Embassy in South Africa is looking for passionate and qualified individuals to fill the role of Human Rights Assistant.

As a Human Rights Assistant, you’ll delve deep into the world of human rights, building connections, and facilitating introductions. Your responsibilities will include preparing comprehensive reports, organizing meetings, and monitoring social media and media coverage on human rights issues. You’ll also play a key role in our Ambassador Special-Self Help Program as a Grant Officer Representative.

Required Experience and Qualification


Bachelor’s degree (Political Science, History, Journalism, Social Sciences, Economics) is required.

Work Experience

Minimum of three years’ experience working in any number of sectors (i.e. civil society, government, private sector, academia/think tanks, or media) in writing, communicating, managing projects, or building networks


Fluent of speaking/reading/writing of English, may include the ability to translate. This may be tested

Job Knowledge 

  • Practical understanding of the South African laws, policies, and national action plans that are intended to safeguard human rights;
  • Practical understanding of the stakeholders engaged in promoting and defending human rights of South Africans and foreign nationals within South Africa and the region.

Skills and Abilities 

  • Communication skills in writing, speaking, and correspondence. 
  • Good working speed and accuracy of typing on a keyboard is required. 
  • Basic numerical skills are required
  • The job holder should be able to use the Microsoft Office Suites. 

Package & Remuneration

Basic Salary: R573,762 – R803,343 per annum

Cash Benefits: R87,874 – R107,005 per annum

Non-cash benefits include medical, pension and others where applicable

Final salary is based upon a variety of factors


The successful candidate must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or Public Trust clearance.  

Due to the high volume of applications, only applicants who have been selected for interviews will receive further communications from the Human Resources office.  Therefore, should you not hear back from HR within two weeks of the closing date, you should consider your application unsuccessful.

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