Call for New Board Members: Amnesty International is seeking New Board Members, Apply!!


We are currently seeking to appoint new Board members to join the International Board of Amnesty International. As a Board member, you are a committed individual who will bring your expertise and skills to help us deliver our ambitious strategy and advance our mission and vision of a world in which every person enjoys freedom, equality and justice.

Ours is an active organisation made up of inspiring and dedicated volunteers from all walks of life who bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the organization and are passionate about defending human rights. International Board members serve as essential leaders and decision-makers and play a pivotal role in ensuring effective organizational management, long-term impact and success.

We would like to hear from candidates from a variety of professional backgrounds and with particular experience in global governance. The role of International Board member is modestly remunerated and expenses for travel on Amnesty business are reimbursed.

There are currently International Board members from AustraliaGermanyMalaysiaMexico and New Zealand. Interested individuals resident in any of these five countries are not eligible to apply this year.

For more information about the International Board please visit here


We are looking for ONE suitably qualified and motivated International Board Members with the following competencies:

  • Governance in other international organisations

To succeed in this role you will have a proven track record in either a senior executive management or governance role within a commercial or non-profit international organisation. Experience in the non-profit sector is welcomed but not essential.

Essential global governance skills:

  • Global Perspective: Demonstrates understanding of global trends, including Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) trends relevant to the organization’s mission. These trends encompass a wide range of topics including climate change mitigation, promoting workforce and board equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), human rights and good governance critical to ensuring the responsible development and ethical use and transparency of artificial intelligence technology.
  • Strategic leadership and execution: Demonstrated experience of successfully implementing organizational strategies in organizations of similar scale and complexity as Amnesty International. Proven track record of ensuring alignment between Board and management for optimal organisational performance, ideally in a Trustee, Board member or senior leadership role.
  • Legal and regulatory compliance: Proficient in ensuring the organization’s adherence to legal requirements. Experience of working with international organisations to implement policies and standards needed to strengthen governance and accountability.
  • Risk management: Comprehensive grasp of the financial, operational and ESG risks linked to organizations with a presence in multiple locations.
  • Ethical leadership: Commitment to promoting and enabling principled and value driven leadership, operating with integrity, openness, transparency and accountability.
  • Cross-cultural competence: Ability to navigate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders. Demonstrates a proactive commitment to fostering EDI.
  • Diplomacy: Strong diplomatic skills to represent the organisation effectively in international settings. Provides an independent perspective gained from working in other international organisations to positively challenge the organization.


The International Board is made up of nine members including the International Treasurer, who are elected to office for a three-year term with a maximum of two consecutive terms by the Global Assembly, Amnesty International’s highest governing body.

As an International Board member you will play a key role in setting and monitoring the strategic direction of Amnesty International and ensuring the organization lives up to its shared vision, aims, and values.

For a detailed role and person description please view the attachment at the bottom of the page.

Key governance responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring Amnesty International complies with its governing documents (the Articles of Association), UK company law, charity law, the Amnesty International Statute any other relevant legislation or regulations;
  • Providing high-quality, independent fiduciary oversight of Amnesty International’s financial resources;
  • Discharging responsibility for strategic leadership, accountability for managing institutional risks, whether financial, operational, reputational, environmental, sector-related or legal;
  • Ensuring transparency and accountability and actively holding International Secretariat management to account for delivering the organization’s strategy;
  • Appointing and supporting the Secretary General and monitoring their performance;
  • Acting as a responsible employer by ensuring there are appropriate policies and procedures in place to care for the welfare of International Secretariat staff, including a safeguarding policy across the organization;
  • Reviewing organizational health indicators and performance information.


If you believe you possess the skills and qualities needed to succeed in this role please click the ‘Apply for this role’ button below and send us your application by no later than 30 April.

Accepted candidates will be asked to complete a nomination form which must be submitted by the nominations deadline of 16 May 2024. Members of the International Board will be elected at the Global Assembly meeting in August 2024.

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If you have any questions about the application process please contact [email protected]


To encourage geographical diversity, Amnesty International’s Statute states that there cannot be more than one elected member from any country on the International Board (see Article 24).

Our diversity is one of our strongest assets. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, physical ability, faith or other elements of identity or background from all around the world. The official working language of the International Board is English. The ability to work in other languages – especially French and Spanish – in addition to a fluent command of English is highly desirable.

Candidates with relevant experience external to Amnesty International are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply


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