Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. They scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.

Associate, Washington Advocacy Team

Washington, D.C.
Supervisor: Washington Director


The Washington Advocacy team leads the organization’s work to influence United States foreign policy. This position reports to the Washington Director and also supports other members of team. The position’s responsibilities are two-fold:

  • To provide day-to-day support to the Washington Advocacy team. These duties may include administrative tasks, research, preparation and distribution of written products (e.g. reports, letters, briefing papers, talking points, dispatches, web content), coordination of internal and external meetings, monitoring and tracking policy developments, and assisting with developing advocacy strategies.
  • To spearhead the research of and writing on policy issues as determined by current events. These projects will be coordinated between the Innovator and Washington Director, taking into consideration the candidate’s expertise and interests and the needs of the Advocacy team.

The Washington team takes mentorship of staff seriously. The Washington Director will meet the Innovator upon their arrival, and set out a plan for professional and personal growth throughout the Innovator’s time with Human Rights Watch.


  • Knowledge of, or experience with, the US government including Congress, State Department, and/or other branches of government is required.
  • Initiative, follow-through, ability to work independently, and excellent organizational skills are required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Strong research and analytical skills with the natural curiosity and creativity needed to conduct online research are required.
  • The ability to work well under pressure and to manage multiple priorities while working effectively toward deadlines is required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within Human Rights Watch as well as with external partners are required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues and the capacity to master and represent the mission and programs of Human Rights Watch are highly desirable. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions and take initiative when appropriate is required.

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