Associate, Disability Rights

Human Rights Watch
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    May 08

Position description

The Disability Rights Divisions of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an Associate to provide administrative support to our team. The Disability Rights Division defends and promotes the rights of people with disabilities and older people and works to mainstream disability rights and older people’s rights within the broader human rights agenda. Priorities include detention, violence against women and children with disabilities, access to education and health care, and the impact of armed conflict. This position is based in New York and reports to the Deputy Director of the Disability Rights Division.


1. Provide day-to-day administrative support to the Disability Rights Division, such as tracking project timelines and deadlines, scheduling meetings, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, creating and maintaining extensive filing and archiving systems, organizing complex travel and logistics for international team meetings, managing divisional expenses, and responding to requests for information; 

2. Be responsible for complex logistics for special events and meetings in different locations with visitors, NGOs, and government officials;

3. Proofread, edit, format, coordinate, and distribute materials such as translations, news releases, reports, briefing papers, op eds, publications and web content;

4. Assist with advocacy work, including scheduling official meetings, maintaining relationships and communication with partners, and building and maintaining contact databases;

5. Conduct news monitoring and dissemination of divisional publications, including through social media;

6. Act as a liaison and maintain communications with HRW offices, global staff, and external partners. 

7. Recruit, coordinate, and mentor interns; and

8. Carry out other duties as required.


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

Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant administrative work experience is required. Experience and familiarity with disability rights, older people’s rights and human rights is highly desirable. 

Related Skills and Knowledge:  

1. Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills are required.

2. Excellent oral and written communications skills in English are required.  

3. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines while juggling multiple tasks are essential. 

4. Ability to take initiative, 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.  

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

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

7. Demonstrated interest in international human rights and commitment to disability rights and older people’s rights and inclusion is highly desirable. 

8. Written and oral proficiency in a second language is desirable.  

Other: Applicants for this position must possess current US work authorization.

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.

Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of this position.

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