FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY
Crisis and Conflict Division
New York or Washington DC
Application Deadline: July 10, 2022
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking an Associate to provide administrative and research assistance to the Crisis and Conflict Division. This position will be based in New York or Washington, D.C. and reports to the Director of the Crisis and Conflict Division, based in Washington, D.C.
The Crisis and Conflict Division documents, exposes, and advocates to end violations of human rights and the laws of war during armed conflicts, humanitarian disasters, and severe social or political unrest. The team also works on issues such as climate change and forced migration that can drive conflict. We investigate how measures that countries deploy in the name of security – such as overbroad counterterrorism laws and mass surveillance technologies – can undermine human rights. We bring attention to under-reported crises, highlight the plight of marginalized people, advance rights-respecting legal norms, and press for justice to protect and promote human rights.
Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely as local mandates necessitate. We recognize that this moment, during the pandemic, is a uniquely difficult time for most people, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in both the recruitment for and onboarding of this position.
1. Provide administrative support to the director of the division and Crisis and Conflict researchers such as scheduling, making travel arrangements, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, creating and maintaining extensive filing and archiving systems, word processing, photocopying, filing, answering phones, processing incoming mail and processing departmental finances and payments;
2. Respond to requests for information and maintain communication among HRW offices, global staff, and external partners;
3. Prepare, edit, format and distribute materials such as news releases, advocacy letters, reports, briefing papers, op eds, publications, agendas, emails, and web content;
4. Provide research assistance to staff in the division;
5. Attend advocacy meetings or briefings and liaise with affiliated organizations and international entities;
6. Assist with logistics for events such as news conferences, staff meetings, and special events;
7. Coordinate and manage the development of content for fundraising newsletters, mailings, programs, presentations, and special events;
8. Assist with tracking and acknowledging donations and donor communications;
9. Assist with the recruitment, onboarding, and mentoring of interns and volunteers; and
10. Carry out other duties as required.
Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent working experience in human rights, international relations, social sciences, or a related field is required.
Experience: Minimum of one year of experience working in an office environment or assisting in remote or field research is required.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
1. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills, and ability to work well under pressure are required.
2. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with external partners are required.
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in other languages is desirable.
4. Strong initiative and follow-through, the capacity to think creatively and strategically, excellent writing and editing skills, and a dynamic public speaking ability are required.
5. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.
6. Experience working for an international human rights organization in a support function is highly desirable.
7. Knowledge of Russian, French, or Arabic is highly desirable.
How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by July 8, 2022, by visiting our online job portal at https://www.hrw.org/careers and attaching a letter of interest and resume, preferably as PDF files. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.
Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.