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FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY
United States Program
Washington DC Office
Application Deadline: July 23, 2021
The United States Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking someone thoughtful and collaborative to be an advocate and strategist with policymakers, partners, and other relevant actors in Washington, DC and occasionally in key states as the Senior Advocate. Rights abuses in the United States disproportionately impact Black people, people of color, indigenous people, people from working class backgrounds, immigrants, women, and LGBTQIA+ people. Because we believe these communities must be centered in the work we do, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or other related lived experiences.
The Senior Advocate will be part of a dynamic team in the US Program, which aims to center the inherent dignity of human beings impacted by systemic racism as reflected in the policies of US federal, state, and local governments. Our team’s specific advocacy aims currently focus on the overarching need to achieve racial equity in the United States within the criminal legal and immigration systems and via broader reparative justice measures. Our investigations and partnership building become the basis for strategic advocacy to press those in power to effect changes in laws and policies that respect fundamental rights.
The Advocate should be a creative and strategic thinker with substantive experience advocating on racial justice and equity, criminal legal system abuses, and/or immigrants’ rights in the United States. The Advocate will be a part of project teams that aim to effect key substantive goals in policymaking in Congress, with the Executive Branch, and occasionally at the state level. As part of this work the Advocate will be responsible for nurturing and strengthening partnerships; developing and maintaining relationships with staff people and principals in key policymaking offices; speaking to the media, producing analytical written products to further advocacy goals; and communicating with HRW colleagues about opportunities for partnership and advocacy impact primarily in Washington. This position is based in Washington, DC, and reports to the US Program’s Executive Director.
Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are currently closed or operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely initially or if local requirements mandate it. 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.
Education: An advanced degree in public policy, journalism, law, or related studies is required. This requirement may be waived in lieu of additional years of experience.
Experience: A minimum of seven years of relevant experience in nongovernmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, or governments working to influence domestic US policies relevant to human rights issues is required.
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Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW offers a relocation assistance package 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 July 23, 2021 by visiting our online job portal at careers.hrw.org and attaching a letter of interest and CV or resume. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and come from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.
Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.