Associate (Environment and Human Rights)

Human Rights Watch

New York, NY, USA 🇺🇸

Environment and Human Rights Division
New York Office       
Application Deadline: May 8, 2022

The Environment Division of Human Rights Watch is seeking a highly motivated candidate to provide administrative support to the team. The Environment Division works to advance the rights of people across the globe by conducting research and advocacy on issues relating to environmental health and justice. This position reports to the Director of the Division (based in Geneva) and supports the entire division (based in various locations around the world). 

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 ideally begin work in mid-June 2022. The position is full-time. 


1. Provide day-to-day administrative support to Division staff located in multiple offices;
2. Assist with preparing, drafting, proofreading, editing, formatting, coding, and/or distributing materials such as news releases, reports, tables, charts, briefing papers, op-eds, publications and text and image web content;
3. Maintain communication among HRW offices, global staff, and external partners; 
4. Assist with desk research, news monitoring, electronic clippings, wires, and managing and, in some cases, carrying out translations;
5. Assist with advisory committee matters, meetings, and special events;
6. Attend external working-group meetings and events, including with researchers and other colleagues;
7. Assist with recruiting, onboarding, providing guidance to, and coordinating interns and recruiting division staff; and
8. Carry out other duties as required.

Education: A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent working experience, in human rights, environmental health, international relations, or a related field is required.

Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is required. 

Related Skills and Knowledge:
1. Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills are required.
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; Excellent oral and written communication skills in Arabic are preferred.
3. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks are required.
4. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.
5. Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team with staff in multiple locations globally is required.
6. Proficiency in computer packages including MS Office applications is required.

Other: Applicants for this position must possess valid US work authorization. Human Rights Watch is unable to secure a work permit for this role. Some travel may be required. 

Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at US$ 49,838. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, a retirement savings plan and twenty (20) days of vacation per year.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by May 8, 2022 by visiting our online job portal and uploading a resume/CV and cover letter. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, or require a disability- related accommodation to submit your application please email [email protected]. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.
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 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.





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