Crisis and Conflict Division
Application Deadline: October 16, 2022
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking candidates for the position of Researcher within the Crisis and Conflict Division. The Researcher should have expertise and experience working on human rights crises and documenting laws of war violations during situations of armed conflict. This should include an understanding of the impact of conflict and crisis situations on women, children, older people, people with disabilities, and others at particular risk.
Responsibilities include research, often in high-risk environments, writing and multimedia work with short deadlines, advocacy with governments, armed groups, companies and others, international media work to defend the human rights of people caught in armed conflict and political and security crises, and collaborating with partner organizations and colleagues across the organization.
This is a full-time position that reports to the Director of the Crisis and Conflict Division based in Washington D.C. The position will preferably be based in one of HRW’s major offices.
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.
The successful candidate will be a collaborative, strategic, and flexible researcher, writer, advocate, and public spokesperson who is ready and willing to deploy to areas affected by armed conflicts, political unrest, and other human rights crises, sometimes on short notice. The candidate should have experience documenting laws of war violations during armed conflicts and/or the use of excessive force during situations of political unrest, as well as expertise in identifying the types of weapons used in such situations. The successful candidate should be willing to work in a fast-paced, multicultural environment.
Education: An advanced degree or an equivalent level of experience in international relations, journalism, law, history or social sciences is required.
Experience: A minimum of three years of relevant experience in research and documentation is required.
Other: This role requires regular domestic/international travel, sometimes with short notice, to conduct research missions, including in conflict areas. Candidates must be prepared and willing to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events as needed.
Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by October 16, 2022 by visiting our online job portal and submitting a CV/Resume and letter of interest. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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