Associate, Women's Rights

Human Rights Watch
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jan 09

Position description

The Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is looking for an efficient and self-motivated person who cares about women’s rights to join our team. This administrative position reports to the Executive Director of the Women’s Rights Division, is based in Washington, DC, and will support other Women’s Rights Division staff in multiple locations including outside the US. This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week and will require light travel and availability to work occasional nights and weekends. 


1. Provide day-to-day administrative support to the team, including scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, preparing expense reports, managing multiple contact databases, and preparing for and taking minutes at meetings; 

2. Edit, format, and/or distribute news releases, briefing papers, op eds, publications and web content and co-ordinate translations of the different products;  

3. Proofread, format and coordinate the publication process of 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. Assist with coding and updating of on-line documents;

6. Provide event support at news conferences, staff meetings and retreats, and special events;

7. Coordinate and support advocacy work, including scheduling official meetings, drafting meeting requests, contributing to digital media campaigns, and providing background research;

8. Assist with recruiting division staff and with recruiting, coordinating, and mentoring of interns;

9. Record and process departmental finances; and

10. Carry out other duties as required. 


Education: A bachelor’s degree in law, human rights, 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 and more is preferred. Previous work, internship, or volunteer experience in women’s rights, 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. Candidates with fluency in Spanish, Arabic, French, or other languages will be favorably considered.

3. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously is required.

4. Strong initiative, 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. Commitment to women’s rights and social justice is highly desirable.


Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. 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.

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