Recruitment Officer

Human Rights Watch

NYC, United States of America

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

Full-time Job Vacancy
Recruitment Officer
New York Or Washington, Dc Preferred
Application Deadline: May 12, 2024

The Organization

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an international human rights research 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. We have more than 550 staff in more than 50 countries.

HRW’s mission is as urgent as it has ever been, and it faces a complex scenario. Major geopolitical shifts are converging with multiple challenges, including the climate crisis, longstanding and growing inequality, and resurgent authoritarian populism. These are occurring in a time of rapidly advancing technologies that greatly impact societies, states, and economies worldwide. Our ability to respond effectively to these global human rights challenges requires an understanding and analysis of how technology impacts human rights. We must highlight the human face of technologically facilitated harm and work with partners to promote rights-respecting conduct, standards and laws for governments, international organizations, and the private sector.

The Opportunity

Human Rights Watch is seeking a Recruitment Officer to join our dynamic Global Human Resources team. The Recruitment Officer will facilitate and strengthen our global talent acquisition program, with a focus on recruitment for our operations, media and fundraising teams. This position will preferably be based in New York or Washington, DC but locations in a similar time zone may be considered. The Recruitment Officer reports to the Senior Associate Director of Recruiting, Onboarding and Special Projects based in New York, and works closely with the Recruitment Officer for our programmatic and advocacy teams based in Washington, D.C.

The successful candidate may have the option to work remotely. We aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in both the recruitment for and onboarding of this position.


1. Work with the Senior Associate Director and the Recruitment Officer for program and advocacy to facilitate the acquisition of all global staff;

2. Help craft job descriptions and post for vacancies; ensure descriptions accurately represent the role and ensure responsibilities are in line with job function;

3. Guide managers and hiring teams through the recruitment process, including by conducting check-ins and advising on outreach strategy and interview processes;

4. Implement processes to mitigate unconscious bias in our candidate assessment process, facilitate diverse and robust candidate pools, and help ensure an inclusive and positive candidate experience;

5. Review applications, liaise with candidates, schedule and coordinate interviews, help craft interview questions, and provide guidance on final selection as needed;

6. Identify sources to strengthen and diversify candidate pools;

7. Support and guide managers to effectively onboard and integrate new colleagues;

8. Liaise with staff on the HR team, within Operations, and across the organization to effectively coordinate pre-hire activities;

9. Help maintain the applicant tracking system;

10. Train staff on recruitment processes and systems;

11. Ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations, as well as organization policies; and

12. Perform other responsibilities as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.

Experience: Minimum three years of relevant experience, preferably in non-profit or international recruiting.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills, and the ability to work collaboratively and build relationships with all levels of staff within the organization are required.

2. Highly organized and detail oriented and ability to execute projects with minimal guidance is required.

3. Solid judgment, discretion, and critical thinking skills are required. Ability to maintain confidentiality and to think proactively and holistically is required.

4. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in another language is desirable.

5. Experience working with Applicant Tracking Systems is required; experience with Greenhouse is a plus.

6. Experience conducting outreach and engaging passive candidates on LinkedIn is desirable.

7. Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals with diverse identities, cultures, backgrounds, skillsets, and orientations is required.

8. Commitment to HRW’s mission and human rights values is required.

9. Knowledge of operations, media and fundraising roles is desirable.

10. Excellent computer knowledge including Windows and MS Office applications is required.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers comprehensive compensation and benefits. If based in the United States, the salary range would be USD 62,000- 66,000. Salary ranges outside of the United States vary based on location.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by May 12, 2024 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest and CV or resume. 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, or if you require a disability-related accommodation, 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 disability, 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.