United Kingdom Director position is available at the Advocacy and Communications Departments of Human Rights Watch (HRW). The organization is seeking a highly-qualified person to lead its United Kingdom office, acting as the key spokesperson and advocate for HRW in the UK and acting as the organization’s central link to the UK media, as well as policy- and decision-makers.
- Lead HRW’s advocacy in the UK and work with HRW’s programmatic staff to develop and implement advocacy strategies
- Promote the work of HRW to influence UK decisionmakers, building access to and staying in regular contact with key policymakers and departments
- Coordinate closely with HRW core advocates in Europe (based in Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Stockholm) and at the UN (based in New York and Geneva) as well as the Advocacy and Media/Communications teams around the globe
- Likewise, promote the work of HRW to the media in the UK and on social media, speaking on television and radio
- Provide support to HRW experts in seizing press and advocacy opportunities in the UK, both on global and domestic issues
- Lead HRW’s advocacy as well as media outreach in neighbouring capitals
Qualifications and Requirements
- An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences or a related field
- A minimum of seven years of relevant international experience and extensive experience in human rights and/or advocacy/media
- Moreover, excellent and proven knowledge of the political, media, and NGO landscape in the UK
- Above all, fluency in English, with excellent public speaking skills. Excellent speaking and writing skills in other languages are desirable.
- Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights
- Furthermore, ability to follow numerous human rights issues in a rigorous and nuanced manner
- Familiarity with international human rights law is preferred
- Ability to identify advocacy opportunities and help develop and implement advocacy strategies
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and solid understanding of how to implement successful advocacy for policy change
Apply via the online portal and attaching a letter of interest, CV or resume, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others).