Associate, Middle East and North Africa

Human Rights Watch
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 14

Position description

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a highly motivated Associate to provide administrative support to the team. The Associate will report to the Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division, based in New York, and will support other Middle East and North Africa Division staff. This full-time position is based in the New York office.


1. Provide day-to-day administrative support to MENA Division staff, including scheduling, making travel arrangements, assisting with expense reports, recording and processing divisional finances, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, creating and maintaining extensive filing and archiving systems, and responding to requests for information; 

2. Maintain communication among HRW offices, global staff, and external partners, and shepherd MENA Division publications through the internal review process; 

3. Prepare, draft, edit, format, and/or distribute materials such as news releases, reports, tables, charts, briefing papers, op eds, publications and web content;

4. Assist the MENA Division senior staff with research by monitoring the news, gathering electronic clippings, and coordinating wires and translations;

5. Assist with events such as news conferences, staff meetings, and special events;

6. Coordinate and support advocacy work, including scheduling official meetings, managing subscriptions, and building and maintaining contact databases;

7. Assist with recruiting, coordinating, supervising, and mentoring of interns and recruiting MENA Division staff; and 

8. Carry out other duties as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in human rights, international relations, or a related field is required.

Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is required. Previous work, internship, or volunteer experience related to the Middle East and North Africa and human rights is highly desirable.

Related Skills and Knowledge:  

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

2. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; fluency in one or more regional languages (Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, or Kurdish) is required.

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

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

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

6. Proficiency in computer packages including MS Office applications is required.

7. Strong interest in the Middle East and North Africa and human rights is highly desirable.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at $47,436. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan and twenty (20) days of vacation per year.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by June 10, 2019 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others), 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 [email protected] 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 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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