Associate, Business and Human Rights

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Human Rights Watch
Washington, DC
Published 5 days ago



Business and Human Rights Division

Washington, DC or New York, NY

Application Deadline: May 12, 2021


The Business and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is looking for an efficient and self-motivated person who is committed to addressing issues of poverty, economic inequality, corporate accountability, and corruption to join our team as an Associate. This position reports to the Washington, DC-based Director of the Business and Human Rights Division and will support the division’s team of researchers and advocates across different time zones. The division conducts a wide range of work, including fact-finding and documentation, report writing, advocacy, and media. 

This is a full-time position and will require light travel (contingent on Covid-19 guidelines and safety) and availability to work occasional early mornings, evenings and weekends. The position will be based in HRW’s Washington, DC or New York, NY office, and successful candidates must possess valid US work authorization. The anticipated start date for this position is mid-June 2021. The position is principally administrative.


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. 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. Provide day-to-day administrative support to the team, including by scheduling internal and external meetings, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, making travel arrangements, tracking divisional finances, maintaining filing systems and contact databases, and responding to requests for information;

2. Proofread, format, and assist with distributing divisional press releases and other regular publications;

3. Proofread, format, and coordinate the publication process for research reports;

4. Coordinate with colleagues outside the division to ensure timely and precise production of supporting materials for research and reports, such as videos and other multimedia;

5. Post to the website and update online divisional publications and coordinate translations;

6. Assist in outreach to or liaising with government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and companies; 

7. Provide event support (travel, hotel, venue, catering reservations and so on) for news conferences, staff meetings and retreats, and special events;

8. Support drafting a variety of short materials including social media content, blog posts, submissions to governments and intergovernmental bodies, news releases, talking points, briefing papers, and/or op-eds;

9. As needed, provide support to research, investigation, and advocacy work of the division, including by conducting background desk research; 

10. Assist with recruiting division staff and with recruiting, coordinating, onboarding, and supervision of interns;

11. Carry out other duties as required. 



Education: A bachelor’s degree in political science, human rights, economics, international relations, public policy, or social justice is preferred, but not required. Candidates with equivalent training/experience, extensive relevant administrative experience, and a passion for human rights work are also encouraged to apply.  

Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is required. Previous work, internship, or volunteer experience related to economic justice, human rights, or social justice will be favorably considered.

Related Skills and Knowledge:  

1. Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail is required.

2. Excellent ability to write and edit in English is required. Fluency in additional languages is highly desirable.

3. Strong interpersonal skills, clear and regular communication, ability to adapt and work with staff from diverse cultural backgrounds, and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously is required.

4. Strong initiative, flexibility, and ability to work both independently and as a member of a team of staff dispersed in different countries is required.

5. Computer literacy in MS Word and Excel is required.

6. Demonstrated commitment to furthering socioeconomic rights and social justice is highly desirable; interest in international human rights is required.

Other: Applicants for this position must possess valid US work authorization. 

Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at $48,622. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, a retirement savings plan and twenty (20) days of vacation per year.

How to Apply: Please apply by May 12, 2021 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest, a resume or CV. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Recruitment will be conducted on a rolling but urgent basis until the deadline, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.

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 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.



Business and Human Rights Division

Washington, DC or New York, NY

Application Deadline: May 12, 2021


The Business and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is looking for an efficient and…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


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

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