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.
The Americas Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Americas Researcher. The Americas Division is part of the Program Office. The Program Office consists of regional and thematic divisions and oversees research, reporting and various other work. The Americas Division works to advance human rights in Latin America and conducts a wide range of work, including investigation, report writing, advocacy and media work. This position reports to the Managing Director of the Americas Division, based in the New York office. This position will preferably be based in New York, Washington, DC, or Mexico City.
Location – New York, NY
- Developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda that focuses on improving respect for human rights in one or more Latin American countries, likely including Mexico;
- Monitoring and documenting human rights practices by conducting fact-finding missions and collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources, including government agencies and institutions, local media, NGOs, journalists, diplomats, and others in the field;
- Writing and publicizing reports, briefing memos, statements, op-eds, articles, and press releases, as well as submissions to international bodies;
- Presenting human rights concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, and the media;
- Traveling for substantial periods of time, several times a year, in order to carry out research and advocacy;
- Responding promptly to queries from the media, the public, and colleagues in the human rights community;
- Working closely with local and regional human rights organizations to ensure that the work of HRW complements and enhances their own work;
- Liaising effectively with HRW staff located in multiple locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities;
- Delivering outputs in a timely manner and being consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the Americas Division; and
- Performing other duties as required.
Education: An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, Latin American regional studies, social sciences and/or extensive experience in human rights or related work are required.
Experience: A minimum of three years of experience working on human rights or related issues in Latin America, including time spent living in the region, is essential.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish are required.
- Ability to research and analyze complex human rights issues in a rigorous, nuanced and efficient manner is required.
- Ability to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims of abuse, witnesses, and government officials, is required.
- Ability to monitor human rights developments and to identify and prioritize issues to work on is required.
- Ability to produce high-quality written material under tight deadlines is required.
- Ability to identify advocacy opportunities and advise the Americas division in developing and implementing advocacy strategies is required.
- Ability to work flexible hours and respond quickly to crises and conflicts as they occur is required.
- Strong initiative and follow-through, capacity to think creatively and strategically, ability to multi-task effectively, and ability to work under pressure are required.
- Strong interpersonal skills, in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with local partners, government officials, and others, are essential.
- Strong public-speaking skills are essential.
- Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is essential.
- Ability to think strategically about the global and local media environments and how to use the print and electronic media effectively to further advocacy goals is desirable.
- Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international human rights law is preferred.
How to Apply
Please apply online: https://careers.hrw.org/opportunities/show/?jobid=1180.
Deadline – N/A