Researcher, Europe and Central Asia

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States




Europe and Central Asia Division

Moscow Office

Application Deadline: June 14, 2018

The Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking applicants for the position of Researcher on Russia. The Europe and Central Asia Division works to promote human rights in the region and conducts a wide range of work, including human rights investigations, report writing, advocacy, building local partnerships, and media work. In consultation with the Russia Program Director, the Researcher will be responsible for researching and reporting on human rights conditions in Russia, and for developing and implementing advocacy strategies on human rights in Russia. The position reports to the Deputy Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division, based in the New York Office, and collaborates closely with the Russia Program Director, based in Moscow. This position will be based in Moscow with an anticipated start date of September 2018.


1. Research, monitor and document human rights abuses by collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources including governments, local media, NGOs, victims, witnesses, journalists, diplomats, government agencies and others in the field;

2. Write and publicize reports, briefing papers, letters, news releases, op-eds, and submissions to international bodies based on research findings; collect supporting documents and materials such as photographs and videos;

3. Develop and implement local, regional, and international strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and practices;

4. Respond promptly to queries from the media, public, and colleagues in the human rights community and take initiative to project concerns in public debate, including on social media;

5. Place abuses within the broader political, social and economic contexts and present human rights concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, and the Russian and international media;

6. Work closely with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local human rights organizations to ensure that HRW’s work complements and enhances their work;

7. Liaise effectively with HRW staff located in multiple locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities;

8. Actively collaborate with HRW’s multi-media team on innovative multi-media projects

9. Assist the Europe and Central Asia Division and HRW’s Development and Outreach Department in conducting fundraising;

10. Be prepared and willing to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events;

11. Travel throughout Russia and internationally, as required, to carry out research and advocacy;

12. Deliver outputs in a timely manner and be consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the ECA division; and

13. Carry out any other duties as required.


Education: An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences, or related studies is required.

Experience: A minimum of three to five years of experience in human rights, journalism, law, or related fields, including time spent working in Russia, is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Russian are required; ability to speak another local language is desirable.

2. Ability to research and analyze complex human rights issues in a rigorous, nuanced and efficient manner is required.

3. Ability and sensitivity to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims, witnesses, and government officials are required.

4. Ability to identify emerging human rights issues in Russia and to prioritize them for HRW work is required.

5. Ability to work quickly in times of crisis to document and report on human rights issues is required.

6. Ability to identify and advise the Europe and Central Asia Division in developing and implementing advocacy strategies in order to seize advocacy opportunities is required.

7. Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international human rights law is required.

8. Strong initiative and follow-through, the capacity to think creatively and strategically, excellent writing and editing skills, and a dynamic public speaking ability are required.

9. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW, as well as with external partners, are required.

10. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure are required.

11. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.

12. Proficiency in using social media and other technologies in research and promotion of research-based content is desirable.

13. Demonstrated ability to think strategically about the global and Russian media environments and how to use the media and electronic media to further advocacy goals is desirable.

Diverse teams are strong teams. HRW includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, the self-taught, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds. We encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

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.

Human Rights Watch began in 1978 with the founding of its Europe and Central Asia division (then known as Helsinki Watch). Its primary goal was to monitor the implementation of human rights provisions established by the Helsinki Accords within the Soviet Union. Today, the division's work has expanded well beyond monitoring the Helsinki provisions to include gathering detailed information on human rights abuses throughout Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. In addition to publishing reliable and comprehensive reports, the ECA division effects change through advocacy. The ECA holds accountable not only governments who abuse internationally recognized human rights, but also those who support abusive governments. The ECA division seeks to expand the implementation of human rights law in all of Europe and Central Asia.


Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

How to Apply: Please apply by June 14, 2018 by submitting a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae or resume, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for three references to Please use “Researcher on Russia 2018” as the subject of your email. 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.