Coordinator, Advocacy

Human Rights Watch, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th April, 2019

Job Description



Advocacy Department


Application Deadline: 3 April 2019

The Advocacy Department of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a Coordinator to provide research, advocacy and administrative assistance to the United Nations Advocacy team based in Geneva. This position reports to the Geneva Director and Deputy Director and also supports other members of the advocacy department.


  • Provide day-to-day administrative support to the Geneva Advocacy team such as scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements for research and advocacy trips, recording and processing departmental finances, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, uploading materials and updating relevant pages on HRW’s website, and maintaining and expanding databases and filing systems;
  • Coordinate HRW’s Treaty Body, Special Procedures, and UPR advocacy work, including by providing teams with updated information, reviewing and submitting inputs, and participating and reporting on reviews and meetings, as required;
  • Coordinate and support outreach to foreign embassies, UN bodies, and other relevant entities;
  • Prepare, draft, edit, format, and/or distribute materials such as news releases, reports, letters, briefing papers, talking points, background research, dispatches, web content, op-eds and other publications, as needed;
  • Conduct desk research on a broad range of topics and occasionally undertake larger research projects;
  • Assist in coordinating, developing and implementing advocacy files as required, including at the HRC, in consultation with the Geneva Director and/or Deputy Director;
  • Monitor and track key developments in Geneva, official statements and events; track key HRC debates, feed information back to relevant staff and provide an initial analysis, as required;
  • Attend external working-group meetings and represent HRW at advocacy meetings, trainings, and events, as required;
  • Assist with planning and organizing meetings, roundtables, trainings, workshops, and other events;
  • Coordinate Geneva review of World Report chapters;
  • Recruit, onboard, and assist with the supervision of interns, and assist with recruiting and hiring of other staff, as needed; and
  • Carry out other duties as required.


  • Education: A bachelor’s degree in international relations, area studies, political science, journalism or a related field is required.
  • Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant work experience is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  • Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills are required.
  • Knowledge of or experience with the UN bodies is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in French or another UN language is a plus.
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including to conduct online research, are required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and significant level of independent judgment and discretion, as well as tact, diplomacy, and maturity in dealing with colleagues at all levels of the organization are 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.
  • Ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously is required.
  • Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.
  • Proficiency in computer packages including MS Office applications is required.
  • Interest in international relations and/or human rights is required and knowledge of international humanitarian law or international human rights law is preferred.

Other: Applicants for this position must be Swiss or EU/EFTA nationals, or otherwise must possess current Swiss working permit.

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

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by 3 April 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 do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. 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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