[IRP] FW: [liberationtech] HRW is seeking a researcher on the internet andhuman rights

michael gurstein gurstein
Mon Apr 23 17:30:27 EEST 2012

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Subject: [liberationtech] HRW is seeking a researcher on the internet
andhuman rights

Dear all,


At Human Rights Watch we are seeking a full-time researcher to lead our work
on the internet and human rights. Come and work with us, more info below.



Enrique Piraces 

Human Rights Watch





Business and Human Rights Division

(Based in Washington, DC, flexible)

Application Deadline: May 18, 2012


Human Rights Watch ("HRW") is seeking a Researcher for its Business and
Human Rights Division ("BHR") to lead its work on the internet and human
rights globally.  The Researcher will work to research the activities of
governments, companies, and other entities that impact the ability of
individuals to exercise their rights online in order to improve awareness
and accountability for human rights online and in order to keep the internet
open.  This position reports to the Director of the Business and Human
Rights Division.




1.            Research, monitor and document human rights abuses by
collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources
including governments, companies, local media, NGOs, victims, witnesses,
journalists, diplomats, security forces and others in the field;


2.            Write and publicize reports, briefing papers, letters, news
releases, op-eds, and submissions to international bodies based on the
findings; collect supporting documents and materials such as photographs and


3.            Assist in the development and implementation of local,
regional, and international strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and
practices in the public and private sector;


4.            Respond promptly to queries from the media, public, and
colleagues in the human rights community and take initiative to project
concerns in public debate;


5.            Place abuses within the broader political, social and economic
contexts and present human rights concerns to government officials, opinion
leaders, inter-governmental agencies, company representatives,
multistakeholder initiatives, and the media;


6.            Assist the Director of the Division and HRW's Development and
Outreach Department in conducting fundraising;


7.            Work closely with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and
local human rights organizations to ensure that HRW's work complements and
enhances their own work;


8.            Liaise effectively with HRW staff located in multiple
locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination and delivery
of activities;


9.            Be prepared and willing to work flexible hours to accommodate
developing and urgent events; 


10.          Travel domestically and overseas, as required, to conduct
fact-finding missions and advocacy;


11.          Deliver outputs in a timely manner and be consistent with the
agreed strategy and priorities of the Division; and


12.          Carry out any other duties as required.



Education:  An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations,
technology, journalism, law, social sciences, or equivalent experience is

Experience:  Minimum of three years directly related post-graduate
experience working on human rights and the internet is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:  


1.            Ability to identify, research, analyze and effectively
communicate important human rights developments in the area of specialty is


2.            Ability and sensitivity to conduct interviews with a wide
range of people, including victims and witnesses are required.


3.            Ability to efficiently distil information about internet and
human rights issues so as to focus time and effort on issues of greatest
importance or issues that are most capable of being influenced is required.


4.            Ability to identify and advise the Director in developing and
implementing advocacy strategies in order to seize advocacy opportunities is


5.            Knowledge of and experience working in international human
rights and familiarity with international human rights law is required.


6.            Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are
required; proficiency in other languages is highly desirable


7.            Strong initiative and follow-through, the capacity to think
creatively and strategically, excellent writing and editing skills, and a
dynamic public speaking ability are required.


8.            Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively
within HRW, as well as with external partners, are required.


9.            Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good
planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure are


10.          Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is


11.          Demonstrated ability to think strategically about the global
and local media environments and how to use the media and electronic media
to further advocacy goals is desirable.


Other: S/he must be willing to travel frequently and be prepared to spend
extensive periods in the field. 


Salary and Benefits:  HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers
competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits.  HRW will pay
reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining
necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are
encouraged to apply.


Contact:  Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary
requirements, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact
information for three references to business at hrw.org. Please use "Researcher
Ref BHR-12-1021-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.

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