Researcher, Mexico

Human Rights Watch
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 23

Position description

The Americas Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Mexico Researcher. The Americas Division is part of the Program Office, which consists of regional and thematic divisions. The Americas Division works to advance human rights in Latin America and conducts a wide range of activities, including investigation, report writing, advocacy and media work. This position reports to the Executive Director of the Americas Division, based in Washington, DC, and the Managing Director of the Americas Division, based in New York City. The researcher will ideally be based in Mexico City and will be expected to spend some time in Washington, D.C. during the initial year. 



1. Developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda that focuses on improving respect for human rights in Mexico;

2. Researching, monitoring and documenting human rights abuses by conducting fact-finding missions and collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources, including government agencies and institutions, local media, NGOs, journalists, diplomats, and others in the field; 

3. Writing and publicizing reports, briefing memos, statements, op-eds, articles, and press releases, as well as submissions to international bodies;

4. Presenting human rights concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, and the media;

5. Traveling for substantial periods of time, several times a year, to carry out research and advocacy; 

6. Responding promptly to queries from the media, the public, and colleagues in the human rights community and taking initiative to project concerns in public debate; 

7. Working closely with local and regional human rights organizations to ensure that the work of HRW complements and enhances their own work; 

8. Liaising effectively with HRW staff located in multiple locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination;

9. Delivering outputs in a timely manner and being consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the Americas Division; 

10. Assisting the Americas Division and HRW’s Development and Outreach Department in conducting fundraising;

11. Working flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events, as needed; and 

12. Performing other duties as required.


Education: An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, Latin American regional studies, social sciences and/or extensive experience in human rights or related work is required.

Experience: A minimum of three years of experience working on human rights or related issues in Latin America, including time spent working in the region, is preferred.  

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish are required.

2. Significant knowledge of human rights and politics in Mexico is desirable. 

3. Ability to identify and prioritize, research, analyze, and effectively communicate complex human rights issues in a rigorous, nuanced and efficient manner is required.

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

5. Ability to produce high-quality written material under tight deadlines is required.

6. Ability to identify advocacy opportunities and advise the Americas division in developing and implementing advocacy strategies is required.

7. Ability to work flexible hours and respond quickly to crises and conflicts as they occur is required.

8. Strong initiative and follow-through, capacity to think creatively and strategically, ability to multi-task effectively, and ability to work well under pressure are required.

9. Strong interpersonal skills, in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with local partners, government officials, and others, are essential.

10. Strong public-speaking skills are essential.

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

12. Ability to think strategically about the global and local media environments and how to use the print and electronic media effectively to further advocacy goals is desirable.

13. Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international human rights law is preferred.


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

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