HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Human Rights & Legal Services

Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. We 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.

New York, NY

Job Title: Legal Associate
Supervisor: General Counsel

JOB DESCRIPTION


The General Counsel’s Office at HRW is responsible for legal oversight of the organization’s corporate matters, such as issues of internal governance and policy, a wide range of media law, foreign operations, tax, insurance and contract review, litigation and international and domestic employment matters, including labor relations.

The General Counsel’s Office seeks a Legal Associate to take a leadership role in several long-term projects that involve working with stakeholders across the organization. First, the Associate will be charged with tracking trends in the litigation to which HRW is a party or a witness and identifying opportunities for HRW to participate in cutting-edge litigation matters.

Second, the Associate will support HRW’s effort to protect the right to privacy in the digital age, particularly with the regard to the nuances of GDPR compliance at an international NGO. Finally, the Associate will participate in an upcoming organization-wide effort to ensure that HRW lives its values both internally and externally, in the form of a comprehensive policy review and ethics audit. The Associate will be an active member of the General Counsel’s office and will also provide administrative support to the team.

 

DESIRED SKILLS
  • Prior office/administration experience and outstanding organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail are required
  • Sound judgment, a willingness to take on responsibilities and ability to problem solve and self-teach new topics are required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in other languages is a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within Human Rights Watch as well as with external partners are required
  • Self-motivation and the ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team are required
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to manage multiple priorities while working effectively toward deadlines is required
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and information security is required
  • Proficiency in various computer packages, including MS Office applications and ability to quickly learn other applications are required
  • Interest and familiarity with international human rights and digital privacy issues is highly desirable

New York, NY

Job Title: Communications Associate
Supervisor: Senior Media Officer

JOB DESCRIPTION


The Communications Division is part of the Media Department and works to determine the best messages, the right audiences, and the best vehicle to raise public awareness of the human rights violations HRW investigates and documents.

The Communications Associate will use various media monitoring software to conduct research, create reports and briefing documents, identify gaps, and analyze data on the media impact of HRW’s reports and maximize the effectiveness and scope of HRW’s work. The Associate will leverage these tools to create in-depth reports on European migration, LGBT rights, and other thematic and regional areas of interest that will help researchers specializing in those fields to strengthen their future human rights media outreach. This will maximize the impact of their research while creating and formalizing workflows and processes that can be replicated in the systems.

One of the goals of this project is to provide HRW’s research department with the analyses they need to best influence public attention on important human rights issues. Additionally, the Associate will be an active member of the HRW Press Team and support the team with the range of materials being published by HRW daily along with other administrative duties.

 

DESIRED SKILLS
  • Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail are required
  • Initiative, follow-through, ability to work independently, and excellent organizational skills are required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in other languages is highly desirable
  • 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
  • Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions and take initiative when appropriate is required
  • Proficiency in computer programs including MS Office applications is required
  • Proofreading experience is desirable
  • An understanding of news cycles and international media outlets is preferred
  • 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

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