Coordinator, Legal and Policy

Human Rights Watch

About the organization

Human Rights Watch 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.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of ability, 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.


1. Coordinate the inflow of reports, press releases, op-eds and other documents from programmatic staff to the appropriate legal reviewer;

2. Maintain up-to-date information on upcoming reports through communications with the organization’s country and thematic divisions;

3. Serve as a liaison between staff across the organization and legal reviewers and inform staff about the legal review process;

4. Train incoming support staff about the organization’s internal review process for programmatic research and reporting;

5. Serve as the point-person for communications with the HRW policy committee;

6. Retrieve and respond to requests for information;

7. Schedule, make travel arrangements, and prepare for and take minutes at meetings;

8. Process and assist in tracking departmental finances;

9. Carry out other duties as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree is required.

Experience: Two years of experience working in an office environment is preferred.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work 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 are required. Other language skills are a plus.

4. Strong initiative and follow-through, and the capacity to think creatively and strategically.

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

6. Experience working for an international human rights organization in a support function is highly desirable.


Salary range starts at 51,232

Application instructions

Please apply immediately or by October 18, 2019 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample.

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