ASSOCIATE (administrative –not legal – position)
Advocacy Division - New York Office
Application Deadline: June 21, 2009
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate with the Advocacy Division.
Description: The Advocacy Division oversees HRW’s advocacy at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, at the European Union, and in capitals throughout the world. The Associate supports the Global Advocacy Director, who heads the division, and the United Nations Advocacy Director in New York. The Associate provides critical administrative assistance, including but not limited to: proofreading, formatting and distributing documents such as letters, press releases, reports, briefing papers, op-eds, publications and web content; setting up and taking minutes at meetings; assisting with communication among different HRW programs and offices around the world; monitoring international and UN news and information services; retrieving information and occasionally assisting with research projects; attending selected UN events; assisting with special events, hiring, and training; recruiting and coordinating interns; and drafting correspondence. The job also includes standard clerical work including maintaining files, contact lists and databases; recording departmental finances; assisting with travel arrangements; word processing; photocopying; filing; faxing; answering phones; processing incoming mail; and other assigned tasks.
Requirements: The candidate must be self-motivated, extremely well-organized, collegial, and able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously. He or she must be willing to identify and initiate opportunities for improving support to the Advocacy Division, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. A significant level of independent judgment and discretion, as well as tact, diplomacy, and maturity in dealing with colleagues at all levels of the organization are required. Strong interest in international affairs and human rights is highly desirable, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in international relations and/or related study or experience. The candidate must possess excellent computer literacy and attention to detail. Fluency in oral and written English is essential. Applicants for this position must possess current U.S. work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.
Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at US$36,800. Human Rights Watch offers excellent employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability and life insurance, an outstanding pension plan, and 20 days vacation per year.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls please) by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest describing your experience, your resume, names or letters of reference, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than June 21, 2009 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Advocacy Associate Ref ADV-09-1022-B” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If e-mailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Advocacy Associate Ref ADV-09-1022-B)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.