Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY
Middle East and North Africa Division
Location: To Be Determined
Application Deadline: March 16, 2020
Human Rights Watch (HRW) advances human rights worldwide. We investigate wrongs, expose the facts, offer solutions, and challenge those with power to respect rights. We collaborate with people claiming their rights, learn from partners, and engage the public. Human Rights Watch upholds the freedoms and defends the protections that promote dignity, equality, and justice.
Our 500 staff based in more than 50 countries conduct research into human rights abuses, publicize our findings, and advocate for change; we raise money to sustain our work, ensure our security, and manage a complex operations environment.
That mission is as urgent as it has ever been, and it faces complex new challenges. We must contend with the failures of governments to meet their obligations on water, land, education, and food. We must respond to conflict and crisis on an extraordinary scale, and we must confront the persistence of repression around the world. Climate change, the resurgence of authoritarian populism, rapidly advancing technologies, and the effects of deep inequality all compound these threats to rights. Innovation, efficiency, and diversity are critical to our success in meeting these challenges, and to delivering sustained impact.
HRW’s guiding principles include independence, accurate and fair fact-finding, an impact orientation, and engagement with partners. Our core internal values include transparency, diversity and inclusion, learning and trust, safety and resilience, and accountability.
Human Rights Watch is seeking an outstanding human rights professional to lead its Middle East and North Africa division, one of its six regional research programs.
The MENA Director should be a strong manager and a persuasive communicator and advocate in the field of international human rights. They should have proven dedication to the defense and advancement of human rights and deep knowledge of research methodologies and of human rights issues in the MENA region.
The MENA director is responsible for ensuring the production of research, communications, and advocacy materials that can serve to promote and defend human rights in the MENA region by generating domestic and international pressure to curb human rights violations. Along with other members of the MENA management team they are responsible for the day to day management and supervision of MENA’s staff, setting priorities, overseeing and guiding research plans, editing research products, ensuring security of staff, information and partners, managing risk, and responding to opportunities for impact.
The MENA director must lead and motivate the MENA division’s 30 plus staff, most of them based in the region, many working in challenging environments, in different time zones and with different work weeks. They must demonstrate the ability and commitment to foster the safety and resilience of staff, to promote diversity and inclusion, to build consensus with staff around confronting key challenges and taking on new research and advocacy approaches, and to ensure the highest research standards in a culture of learning, trust, teamwork, and collaboration.
The MENA Director reports to the program office and leads a MENA management team consisting of three deputies and a communications director. The position will preferably be based in an HRW office in the MENA region (Beirut, Amman or Tunis), but may also be based in New York, Washington DC, or one of HRW’s European offices.
The successful candidate will be a thoughtful, collaborative, and strategic leader with deep knowledge and experience of the MENA region and at least 1o years of relevant experience in international human rights or related work, including investigations, reporting, and advocacy, and with at least five years in a senior management position, preferably one that involved both managing down and up within an organization or institution.
Education and Experience: A graduate degree or equivalent work experience in international relations, law, journalism, social sciences, or a related field is required. A minimum of ten years of relevant work experience is required, with at least five years in a management position.
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Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW offers a relocation assistance package and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by March 16, 2020 by visiting our online job portal at https://careers.hrw.org/. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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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.