CONSULTANT POSITION AVAILABLE
RESEARCH CONSULTANT (ISRAEL/WEST BANK)
Middle East and North Africa Division
Application Deadline: September 12, 2021
The Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a Consultant to assist in the monitoring and reporting of human rights violations in Israel and Palestine, with a focus on the West Bank. This is a one-year initial fixed-term contract with possibility of extension based in Israel or the West Bank and will report to the Israel/Palestine Country Director in the MENA Division.
Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are currently closed or operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely initially or if local requirements mandate it. We recognize that this moment, during the pandemic, is a uniquely difficult time for most people, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in both the recruitment for and onboarding of this position.
1. Assist and advise the Country Director by monitoring human rights conditions and documenting abuses by gathering and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources, including governments, local media, NGOs, victims, witnesses, and journalists;
2. Follow up on specific cases of human rights violations, as requested by the Country Director;
3. Under the guidance of the Country Director, provide written analyses and write-ups of interviews, and, when appropriate, first drafts of briefing papers, letters, news releases, reports, submissions to international bodies, etc.;
4. Assist in preparing reports for discussion with governmental officials, NGOs, IGOs and other external partners, as requested by the Country Director;
5. Establish and maintain contacts with local civil society actors, including using pre-existing networks among local rights activists and organizations, to expand HRW’s monitoring capabilities and access to information regarding human rights abuses;
6. Manage local logistical issues, such as coordinating transportation, setting up events and meetings, and assisting with the finalization and production of news releases and reports;
7. Advise the Country Director on security issues, particularly in regard to field missions, including by developing contacts in different areas who can provide timely and trustworthy advice on security conditions and precautions; and
8. Travel to different areas, in particular in the West Bank, to conduct research; travel internationally as appropriate to attend specific trainings or planning meetings;
9. Carry out other tasks as required.
Duration: This is a one-year initial fixed-term contract consultancy based in Israel or the West Bank, with the possibility of extension.
Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds based anywhere to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. 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 (HRW) 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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Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in international relations, law, journalism, social sciences Middle Eastern studies, or a related field is required.
Experience: A minimum of one year of experience working in an office environment or assisting in field research is required.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
1. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills, and ability to work well under pressure are required.
2. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with external partners are required.
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic are required. Proficiency in Hebrew is desirable.
4. Strong initiative and follow-through and the capacity to think creatively and strategically are required.
5. A demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights issues are required.
6. Experience working in the not-for-profit sector, in particular in human rights fact-finding and advocacy, is desirable.
Other: Applicants for this position must be able to legally work in Israel or the West Bank. Human Rights Watch is unable to sponsor work authorization for this role.
Please apply immediately or by September 12, 2021 by visiting our online job portal at careers.hrw.org and attaching a letter of interest and resume or CV, preferably in PDF format. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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