Deputy Director, Women's Rights

Human Rights Watch, Washington D.C., United States

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th October, 2021

Job Description

The Deputy will report to and work alongside the Executive Director to ensure the highest standards of research and advocacy, develop and implement the division’s strategy in collaboration with the WRD team, liaise with other parts of the organization, raise funds in support of the division, and help manage an increasingly growing staff focused on women’s rights with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion; stress and resilience; and encouraging a healthy work/life balance. The position will be, preferably, based in Washington D.C. with other office locations considered.

Due to Covid-19, many of our global offices are currently closed or operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely until offices fully re-open. We recognize that this moment, during the pandemic, is a uniquely difficult time for most people, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in both the recruitment for and onboarding of this position.


  • Work closely with the Executive Director on providing day-to-day management and leadership of the WRD, supervising staff, and supporting an environment of collaborative work;
  • Work with the Executive Director in strategically guiding and advancing work on women’s rights, supporting the Division with the design of strategic projects and development and editing of its different products;
  • Work with the Executive Director and HRW’s Development and Outreach Department in identifying and cultivating new fundraising opportunities for the WRD work;
  • Design and implement with the WRD a multi-year strategy and implementation plan to advance our work on women’s rights with a focus on the right to live free from violence; economic rights; and the right to health, with a strong focus on reproductive justice;
  • Act as a senior representative and advocate for the work of the division internally;
  • Act as a senior spokesperson and liaise with external actors to advocate on the work of the division;
  • Develop and strengthen collaborations between the Division and local organizations; and
  • Undertake other responsibilities as required.

Candidate Profile

  • The successful candidate will be a thoughtful, collaborative, and strategic leader with experience working on women’s rights in advocacy, policy, fundraising, and management positions, who has a strong background on human rights with an intersectional gender perspective and an understanding of multicultural environments.


Education: A graduate degree or an equivalent level of experience in women’s rights, law, journalism, social sciences, international affairs, or a related field is required.

Experience: 7 years of experience of relevant work experience with at least four years in a management role.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing human rights impact-driven research and advocacy projects.
  • Track record of measurable success executing complex projects, managing budgets, implementing operational change, conducting monitoring and evaluation, and ensuring high-quality deliverables.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Fluency in a second language is a plus.
  • Strong and consistent editor of a range of written work products, with ability to edit for factual and legal accuracy, to assist with gender analysis in otherwise completed pieces, for effective communication in relation to intended audience, for structural and grammatical edits, and to adhere to word limit guidelines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively.
  • Experience managing and building a diverse team.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively, adjust to changing priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Optimism, a sense of humor, and excitement about joining a skilled and diverse team.


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