ONE YEAR FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY
Middle East and North Africa Division
Application Deadline: May 23, 2014
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a one-year full time specialist to assist in monitoring the human rights situation in Lebanon. This position will be based in Beirut, Lebanon.
- Monitor and document human rights abuses in Lebanon by collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources including governments, local media, NGOs, journalists, diplomats, security forces, and others in the field;
- Write and publicize reports, briefing papers, letters, news releases, op-eds, and submissions to national and international bodies on human rights concerns in Lebanon as needed in a concise and accurate manner, with a quick turnaround time;
- Working with the Beirut director and the Lebanon researcher, implement strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and practices in Lebanon;
- Work closely with colleague non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local human rights organizations to ensure that HRW’s work complements and enhances their own work;
- Work closely with the Beirut director and Lebanon researcher to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities;
- Be prepared and willing to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events
- Travel domestically, as required, to conduct fact-finding missions;
- Deliver outputs in a timely manner and be consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the Lebanon team; and
- Carry out any other duties as required.
- Education: An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, regional studies, journalism, law, or social sciences and/or extensive experience in human rights or related work are required.
- Experience: Minimum three years of directly-related experience working on human rights or related issues in Lebanon or the Middle East and North Africa region.
- Related Skills and Knowledge:
- Ability to identify, research, analyze and effectively communicate important human rights developments in a timely and sophisticated fashion is required.
- Ability to move around Lebanon, independently locate witnesses to human rights abuses, follow up with local officials.
- Ability and sensitivity to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims and witnesses are required.
- Ability to efficiently distil information about Lebanon so as to focus time and effort on issues of greatest importance or issues that are most capable of being influenced is required.
- Ability to produce excellent written material under tight deadlines is required.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and proficiency in Arabic are required.
- Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international human rights law is preferred.
- Strong interpersonal skills, in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with local partners, government officials, and others.
- Strong initiative and follow-through, the capacity to think creatively and strategically.
Salary and Benefits
HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. Applicants for this position must have the ability to legally work in Lebanon.
Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary requirements, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Specialist Ref MENA-14-1022-B” as the subject of your email.
Only complete applications will be reviewed and only qualified candidates will be contacted.
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.
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.