About Amazon Frontlines

Amazon Frontlines works to defend Indigenous rights to land, life, and cultural survival in the Amazon rainforest. Alongside Indigenous Peoples, our mission is to protect some of the most biodiverse rainforests on Earth.

Description of Work

Amazon Frontlines is seeking a proactive and committed Human Rights Defender and Attorney to join our Rights team. The selected candidate will develop and implement strategic litigation actions to promote indigenous rights and the protection of their territories in Ecuador, contributing to the defense of their territories, life and their physical and cultural survival in the Amazon jungle.

The trial attorney will report directly to the team leader and will work closely with our indigenous partners to design, coordinate, and articulate legal strategies for Amazon Frontlines programs. She will also strengthen our organization’s collaboration with Fundación Alianza Ceibo, the Alliance of Human Rights Organizations, and other relevant allied organizations and movements with whom we work in coalition.

Amazon Frontlines is an organization whose mission is to support the autonomy of indigenous partners, and therefore the Trial Attorney will be responsible for developing strategies that position indigenous struggles at the center of our work. They  will play a key role in developing the legal strategies of our indigenous partners.

The Role (aka what you’ll do):

  • Drafting of legal documents, memorials, answers, amicus curiae
  • Intervention and legal representation in hearings according to the strategy defined by the team
  • Preparation of investigative documents as support for new legal processes under the guidance of the Rights team leader.
  • Articulation with high-impact litigation strategy Human Rights Alliance and AF’s own processes
  • Develop training, work and support processes with PPII and/or specific communities in processes or cases that are assigned and according to the strategy defined with the team and the organization.
  • Participate in processes, meetings or work spaces with institutions or organizations within the framework of team strategies.
  • General tasks of thematic follow-up of the standards and rapporteurships of PPII and Human Rights of constitutional courts of the region and of universal and inter-American systems
  • Surveillance of the situation of human, collective and nature rights in the countries of the region. Includes the writing of online monitoring reports
  • Specialized in writing up  precautionary measures, petitions or case reports
  • Participate in the preparation prior to litigation or interventions in the inter-American system or others, according to the strategy proposed by the team.
  • Represent the victims in the assigned cases, both at the judicial and administrative levels, mainly with respect to justice, assistance or protection actions that were promoted by AF as part of the promotion of strategic litigation, at a national or international level.

Who you are and must-haves to be successful in the role:

  • Law professional with valid license to practice in Ecuador
  • Postgraduate in Human Rights or Constitutional Law
  • Minimum experience of 3 years in high-impact litigation, desirable in areas of constitutional law, environmental law or the rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Proven experience working with grassroots social organizations and/or communities and/or victims of serious human rights violations
  • Desirable experience in socio-legal research and work with ethnic communities
  • Availability to work full time and occasional weekends
  • Sensitivity and good predisposition to work in a team, under pressure and in multicultural contexts
  • Ability to work on own initiative and in a team
  • Availability to travel to indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Availability to  change residence to Lago Agrio, Ecuador


Position based full time in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, with availability to travel to territories when necessary.

How to apply?

Submit your resume and cover letter in spanish via the following link: https://amazonfrontlines.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=34&source=aWQ9MjI%3D

Interviews will take place continuously. The position will remain open until filled.

Amazon Frontlines is an equal opportunity provider and will not tolerate discrimination based on race, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, or any other legally protected classification or status. We encourage members of Peoples and Nationalities of Ecuador to apply.

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