Associate, Environment and Human Rights / Health and Human Rights

Human Rights Watch
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 25

Position description

The Environment & Human Rights Division and the Health & Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) are seeking an Associate to provide administrative support to the two teams. This position is based in New York and reports to the Director of the Environment & Human Rights Division, based in Washington, DC, and the Director of the Health & Human Rights Division, based in New York. The anticipated start date for this position is mid-July 2018.


1. Provide day-to-day administrative support to staff of both divisions, such as scheduling, making travel arrangements, maintaining finances, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, creating and maintaining extensive filing and archiving systems, processing incoming mail, and responding to requests for information;

2. Maintain communication among all staff locations, headquarters, and other HRW offices in order to ensure efficient support to the divisions;

3. Assist with preparing, editing, formatting, distributing, and, in some cases, drafting materials such as news releases, reports, talking points, tables, charts, briefing papers, and op-eds, and coordinate translations;

4. Coordinate and support advocacy efforts, including scheduling official meetings, managing subscriptions, and building and maintaining contact databases;

5. Support the divisions’ development (fundraising) work, including by conducting research on potential funders—both foundations and individuals—for the various issues covered, identifying new prospects, and keeping records on prospects and foundations and individuals we have approached in the past;

6. Provide desk research assistance to researchers in both divisions on health, environment, and related human rights issues, as necessary;

7. Attend and take notes at external meetings with researchers and other colleagues;

8. Assist with news monitoring, dissemination, and analysis of relevant public health data;

9. Assist with planning and executing roundtables and special events with visitors, NGOs, and government officials;

10. Recruit, coordinate, and mentor interns; and

11. Carry out other duties as required.


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

Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is required. Previous work, internship, or volunteer experience in health, environment, and/or human rights is highly desirable.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.

2. Superior organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills are essential.

3. Ability to work well under pressure, while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously, is essential.

4. Ability to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team with staff in multiple locations is required.

5. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.

6. Proficiency in computer packages including MS Office applications is required.

7. Strong interest in global health, environmental issues, and human rights is highly desirable.

Other: Applicants for this position must possess current US work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.

Salary range starts at US$ 46,279. 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.

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