Deputy Director

Columbia University
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 03

Position description

The Security Force Monitor - a project of Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute - aims to make police, military and other security forces around the world more transparent and accountable. The opaque nature of most security forces means that investigators face a common challenge of connecting abuses committed by security forces to a specific perpetrator. The Monitor will increase transparency and accountability by analyzing and structuring public data on the security forces and making it easy to explore via an interactive digital platform. We are looking to recruit a Deputy Director who will support the Monitor to scale, deepen, sustain and productize our work. 

The Deputy Director will be a major contributor to the growth and sustainability of the Security Force Monitor. The Deputy Director will focus on assisting the Monitor to harness advances in machine learning, web-scraping and other techniques that can help the Monitor extend and enrich the information it makes available. This will largely be accomplished by exploring and building partnerships with new and established public benefit technology efforts working to improve tools for human rights and civil society investigations. 

Finally, the Deputy Director will work closely with and support the Director of the Security Force Monitor with the development of all aspects of the Monitor. The Deputy Director is accountable to the Project Director. 


The responsibilities of the Deputy Director are to: 

1. Identify data acquisition, processing and analysis techniques that could advance the Monitor's aims, developing and managing relationships with service providers. 
2. Plan, analyze, prepare, review, edit and publish high quality information about the chain of command, personnel and operational areas of security forces of countries around the world. 
3. Prepare briefing/product about the Monitor's datasets and findings, targeting a range of audiences including human rights researchers, advocates, litigators, investigative journalists and policymakers. 
4. Work with partners and potential partners interested in the Monitor to gain insight in their needs, and development collaborative, mutually beneficial ventures. 
5. Review and update the Monitor's methodology and operational practice in response to user needs, technical developments, and ethical and security considerations. 
6. Train and support the Monitor's staff and partners on the use of the Monitor, its methods and supporting technologies. 
7. Contribute to the Monitor's outreach work, represent the Monitor in public fora and write regularly about its work.  


A Bachelor's degree in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences, or related studies is required. 4-6 years of experience working in international human rights investigations, reporting, advocacy, both desk and field, and knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law. Proven ability to estimate effort and duration, considering resource constraints and dependencies that may impact development of the Monitor platform, analysis, outreach and all other responsibilities of this position. Experience of technical product development, in particular user-driven, agile practices and open methods. Demonstrated ability of working with a diverse community of partners and users of data products including NGOs, international organizations and grant-making institutions. Strong analytical skills and capacity, including demonstrated ability to conduct high quality analysis using traditional and modern open source analysis methods. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences. Demonstrated flexibility, ability and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects. High level of organization, sensitivity to deadlines, and ability to work quickly. Personal values of people-focus, integrity, trustworthiness and commitment to innovation.  

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