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Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.
- Set program priorities and oversee research, reporting, and advocacy on human rights issues in sub-Saharan Africa;
- Oversee the publication of analytical and credible reports and other advocacy materials, ensuring such materials generate domestic and international pressure to curb human rights in sub-Saharan Africa;
- Communicate regularly with the Deputy Executive Director for Program, his deputies, and other HRW senior managers to ensure the program’s policies and objectives are aligned with the organization’s focus;
- Liaise effectively with HRW staff around the world to ensure effective coordination of the Africa Division’s work across program boundaries to maximize impact;
- Respond to and/or anticipate relevant news events in order to frame developing news stories through a human rights prism, advise senior management on effective responses and advocacy strategies, and project a human rights perspective into coverage of key human rights issues, regionally, nationally, and globally;
- Represent the organization frequently before the international media and advocate with high-level officials from governments, multilateral organizations, African Union, United Nations, and other relevant international and regional institutions;
- Coordinate closely with the Development Department on fundraising, providing requested information, drafting reports to donors in a timely manner, promoting the work of HRW as a whole, and actively soliciting and following up with potential new donors to achieve program-specific fundraising goals;
- Foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; monitor and adjust program plans and actions as necessary; and resolve any disputes or conflicts in a timely manner with appropriate consultation with supervisors and HRW senior managers;
- Collaborate with key colleagues within HRW and externally with allied organizations;
- Travel internationally on a frequent basis; and
- Carry out other duties as necessary.
- Manage the division’s output and staff effectively with the aim of promoting and maintaining strong unity and sense of purpose within the program;
- Manage the division’s budget, in cooperation with the Finance Division and others in the division, to ensure adequate and timely oversight of resources and ensure that resources are allocated to maximize impact;
- Establish clear work plans for staff based in three continents and communicate priorities clearly and effectively and provide oversight and take responsibility for delegated assignments;
- Ensure that the workload of staff is manageable and the reporting lines are clear;
- Provide appropriate and timely feedback on staff performance and leadership on employee relations through effective communication, conflict mediation, guidance, coaching, and training, including with staff in supervisory positions;
- Operate in compliance with organizational regulations and rules, including the policies of applicable employee agreements; and
- Ensure the security of staff, information security, and security of interlocutors and partners in their work with HRW; ensure that staff receive appropriate training in security policies and procedures, and that relevant policies and procedures are implemented effectively; and oversee the security of offices under direct program supervision.
Education: An advanced (graduate) degree in law, human rights, African studies, international relations, public policy or a relevant field is required.
Experience: A minimum of 10 years of extensive, varied experience in human rights work concerning Africa or comparable work including investigations, reporting, and advocacy, with at least five years in a management position is required.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
- Extensive knowledge of and substantive senior-level experience working on human rights in Africa is required.
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively and work quickly and well under pressure are required.
- Capacity to serve as an effective spokesperson, advocate and activist is required.
- Track record of dealing with the media and cultivating relationships with journalists is required; experience with multimedia and social media is desirable.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in French and/or other relevant languages is highly desirable.
- Ability to defend and explain complex issues and positions to governments and intergovernmental bodies at the highest level is required.
- Ability to work collegially in a demanding, diverse and fast-paced environment and strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with local partners, government officials and external partners are required.
- Excellent leadership skills and recognized management experience are required, including supervising a team of talented professionals from diverse backgrounds and cultures in multiple global locations.
- Keen judgment and capacity to appropriately plan, organize, prioritize and manage multiple, sometimes competing demands efficiently in a challenging environment is required.
- Self-motivation with proven initiative and follow-through are required.
- Strong commitment to human rights are required.
- Relevant international field experience and familiarity with human rights research methodologies and international human rights laws are desirable.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified? Go to Human Rights Watch career website on careers-hrw.icims.com to apply