Human Rights Watch: Lusophone Researcher - Johannesburg Office Preferred

Human Rights Watch
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Saturday, 28 February, 2015
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Lusophone Researcher for its Africa Division.

The Researcher will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda focusing on human rights conditions in Angola and Mozambique. The position reports to the Southern Africa Director leader in the Africa division.

Responsibilities:

  1. Research, monitor and document human rights abuses by collecting and analysing information from a wide variety of sources including governments, local media, NGOs, victims, witnesses, journalists, diplomats, security forces and others in the field;
  2. Conduct fact-finding missions in Angola and Mozambique;
  3. Write and publicise reports, briefing papers, letters, news releases, op-eds, and submissions to international bodies based on the findings of your research;
  4. Develop and implement local, regional, and international strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and practices;
  5. Present human rights issues and concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, and the media;
  6. Work closely with colleague non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and local human rights organisations to ensure that HRW’s work complements and    enhances their own work;
  7. Respond promptly to queries from the media, public, and colleagues in the human rights community and take initiative to project concerns in public debate;
  8. Liaise effectively with HRW staff located in multiple locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities;
  9. Travel domestically and internationally, as required, to conduct fact-finding missions;
  10. Carry out any other duties as required.

Qualifications:

Education: An undergraduate degree is required. An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences, or related studies is desirable.

Experience: Minimum three year's experience working on human rights or related issues in southern Africa, preferably in Angola or Mozambique.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  1. Ability to identify, research, analyse and effectively communicate human rights issues in the area of specialty in a rigorous, timely and sophisticated fashion is required;
  2. Ability and sensitivity to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims and witnesses are required;
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Portuguese are required;
  4. Ability to develop and implement realistic and effective local and international advocacy strategies in order to identify and seize advocacy opportunities is required.
  5. Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international human rights law is required;
  6. Solid field research and documentation skills are required;
  7. Strong initiative and follow-through, the capacity to think creatively and strategically, excellent writing and editing skills, and a dynamic public speaking ability are required;
  8. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW, as well as with external partners, are required;
  9. Ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure with a broad range of people and as part of a team;
  10. Demonstrated ability to think strategically about the global and local media environments and how to use the media and electronic media to further advocacy goals is desirable.

Contract Duration: Initial fixed-term contract for a two year period. Renewable dependent upon availability of continued funding.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Contact: Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for three references to africajobs@hrw.org. Please use "Lusophone Researcher REF: AFR-14-1058-B" as the subject of your email.

Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organisation 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.

Location: 
Gauteng

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