Associate, Technology and Human Rights

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Human Rights Watch
Washington, DC
Published 29 days ago



Technology and Human Rights Division 

Berlin, London, New York or Washington DC preferred

Application Deadline: January 10, 2022


The newly created Technology and Human Rights Division is seeking an Associate to provide administrative support to an 8-person team. 

The division focuses on two areas of work: a) investigating and advocating against the role of technology in human rights abuses globally and b) using technology to research and expose human rights abuses. The first covers issues such as platform accountability, data exploitation, surveillance, and the use of artificial intelligence. The second involves using remote sensing, data analysis, and open source techniques in our research.

The Associate will provide a range of administrative support to the division’s staff who are based in multiple locations and facilitate the production of research and advocacy products. Knowledge of the main human rights issues related to technology is helpful but not required. Most important is strong organizational and communication skills, an ability to prioritize, and comfort to work in a dynamic and globally dispersed team.

This position is based preferably in Berlin, London, New York or Washington DC and reports to the director of the division.

Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are currently closed or operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate will be required to work remotely until our 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.



1. Providing day-to-day administrative support to Technology and Human Rights Division staff, such as scheduling, making travel arrangements, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, submitting expenses and invoices, and responding to requests for information; 

2. Tracking, structuring and maintaining the division’s files and documentation regarding budgets, expenses, research, published work, trainings, and donor reports.

3. Maintaining communication between Human Rights Watch offices, global staff, and external partners;

4. Proofreading, formatting, and/or distributing materials such as reports, news releases, briefing papers, letters, op-eds, web content, and coordinating the publication process and translations of the different products;

5. Coding and updating of online documents;

6. Recording, tracking, and processing divisional finances and divisional donations; 

7. Assisting with basic desk research;

8. Assisting with events such as advocacy meetings, staff meetings, and fundraising functions;

9. Assisting with recruitment processes, including the coordination of interns; and

10. Carrying out other duties as required.



We are eager to hear from candidates who can perform the essential functions of this role even if they do not meet all of our desired qualifications – particularly if they are from backgrounds underrepresented in the NGO or tech sectors.


Education: A bachelor’s degree, equivalent training/experience, or equivalent relevant administrative experience is required. Those with a passion for human rights work are encouraged to apply.


Experience: A minimum of one year of full-time relevant work experience is required. Previous work, internship, or volunteer experience in economic justice, human rights, or social justice is advantageous.

Related Skills and Knowledge: 


1. Prior office/administration experience, attention to detail, flexibility and strong organizational skills are required.

2. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required; competence in other languages is desirable.

3. Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently, as well as function as a member of a team with staff in multiple locations is required.

4. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks are required.

5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications is required. Experience in or a willingness to learn image/video editing and graphics design software is desirable.

6. Commitment to human rights is required.

7. Experience using a Drupal content management system is desirable. 

8. Understanding of the major global human rights issues related to technology is desirable. 

Other: Candidates should possess valid work authorization for the office location in which they would be based; HRW is unable to sponsor work permits for this role. 

Salary and Benefits: Human Rights Watch offers competitive salary and comprehensive employer-paid benefits. If based in the United States this position is unionized, and the salary range begins at $49,838.

How to Apply: Please apply by January 10, 2022 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter and CV/resume 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 based anywhere 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.



Technology and Human Rights Division 

Berlin, London, New York or Washington DC preferred

Application Deadline: January 10, 2022


The newly created Technology and Human Rights Division is seeking an…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
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Washington, DC, USA

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