Assistant, Development and Outreach

Human Rights Watch, London, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Fundraising
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th October, 2019

Job Description

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Assistant in its London office to provide administrative assistance and technical support to the team. The London office serves as an important base for HRW’s development, fundraising, and outreach activities in the UK. This position is part-time (32 hours per week) and requires availability to work occasional night and weekend events. The Assistant reports to the UK Director of Development and Outreach, based in London.


  • Provide administrative support to the Director and to the London Development and Outreach team, including scheduling, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, recording and processing divisional finances, processing mail, and making travel arrangements;
  • Assist with donations and donor queries relating to donations, including by drafting thank you and acknowledgement letters and emails;
  • Assist the Development and Outreach team with maintaining the Raiser's Edge donor databases by ensuring accurate and timely recordings of contact information, processing gifts from UK donors, generating financial reports, lists and queries, and updating information in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation;
  • Assist with prospect and donor cultivation and stewardship with London Committee members and other supporters by coordinating correspondence, scheduling donor meetings, tracking communication, and preparing donor/prospect research and meeting briefings;
  • Assist the Development and Outreach team with events including annual dinners, receptions, committee meetings, and briefings by researching vendors and suppliers, and assisting with invitations, RSVPs, guest lists, and event materials;
  • Assist with the annual Gift Aid audit and submission to HM Revenue and Customs;
  • Liaise with the Finance Division on all queries relating to gifts; and
  • Perform other administrative tasks, as required.
  • Qualifications:
  • Education: A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is desirable.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  • Strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail are required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences, including donors, are required.
  • Ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously is required.
  • Self-motivation and the 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 are required.
  • Strong analytical skills and the natural curiosity and creativity needed to conduct online research are required.
  • Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.
  • Proficiency in computer programs including MS Office applications is required; experience with Raiser’s Edge or other donor databases is desirable.
  • Experience with event planning, community engagement, and/or philanthropy is preferred.
  • Strong interest in human rights is desirable.

Other: Applicants for this position must possess current UK work authorization.

Salary and Benefits: Human Rights Watch offers competitive salary and comprehensive employer-paid benefits.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by October 28, 2019 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest, resume or CV, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others), preferably as PDF files. 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, please email 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 ability, 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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