Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.
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The Program Office and Emergencies Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an Associate to provide administrative assistance. This position reports to the Deputy Executive Director for Program and the Director of Emergencies Division, and supports other staff in the Program Office and Emergencies Division. The Program Office oversees the organization’s research and reporting work and the Emergencies Division works to investigate and expose human rights violations in conflict and crisis situations.
Salary range starts at $44,048. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan and twenty (20) days vacation per year.
- Providing administrative support such as scheduling, making travel arrangements, taking minutes at meetings, creating and maintaining extensive filing and archiving systems, word processing, photocopying, faxing, answering phones, and processing mail.
- Planning and preparing for events and meetings and conducting follow-up.
- Maintaining strong communications among HRW offices, global staff, and external partners.
- Preparing, drafting, editing, formatting and distributing materials such as news releases, reports, tables, charts, briefing papers, op‑eds, publications, multimedia and web content.
- Assisting with research, electronic clippings, wires, and translations.
- Recording and tracking departmental finances.
- Recruiting and coordinating interns.
- Carrying out other duties as required.
- A bachelor’s degree.
- A minimum of one year of relevant work experience.
- Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; proficiency in other languages (particularly Arabic or French) is highly desirable.
- Ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions.
- Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team with staff in multiple locations globally.
- Strong interest in international human rights.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Proficiency in computer packages including MS Office applications.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for three references to email@example.com. Please use “Associate Ref PRO-16-1009” as the subject of your email.
Deadline – N/A