Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, Europe and Central Asia Division, Deadline September 30

Full-Time Position Available:
Europe and Central Asia Division
Deadline for applications: September 30, 2010

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly-qualified, senior-level professional to head its Europe and Central Asia (“ECA”) Division.

Description: The Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia Division is responsible for developing effective research, advocacy and communications strategies for maximum impact on human rights in Europe and the Central Asian region. S/he is responsible for setting priorities and overseeing detailed research on human rights issues in the ECA region including emergencies, the publication of analytical and credible reports and other advocacy materials on those issues, and the use of these materials to generate domestic and international pressure to curb human rights violations. S/he represents the organization frequently before the international media and advocates with high-level officials from governments, UN, EU and other international and regional organizations. S/he coordinates with key colleagues, both within HRW and externally with allied organizations and NGOs. S/he manages staff based in three continents, supports staff and office development and oversees their security. The ECA Executive Director is also responsible for fundraising, identifying and recruiting donors, and drafting funding proposals.  The successful candidate will have excellent leadership skills and a depth and breadth of management and organizational skills, including the demonstrated ability to lead a team of talented professionals in multiple global locations.  S/he will be based in one of the organization’s European offices in Moscow, Berlin, Brussels, Paris or London, but other locations in Europe may be considered.  Frequent international travel required.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, creative, strategic thinker with substantive, senior-level experience working on human rights issues in the ECA region and will have the capacity to serve as an effective advocate and activist.  S/he will have excellent leadership, management and organizational skills, including the demonstrated ability to lead a team of talented professionals in multiple global locations. S/he will be able to juggle multiple tasks and work collegially in a demanding, diverse, and fast-paced environment. S/he must have ease and demonstrated experience speaking to the media and cultivating relationships with journalists.  S/he must be able to develop effective working relationships with colleague organizations and with policymakers, including government officials and representatives of international organizations.  The ideal candidate must have excellent oral and written communications skills in English; fluency in Russian, German or French is highly desirable.  S/he must have keen political judgment, proven initiative and follow-through, the ability to work quickly and well under pressure, and a commitment to human rights. An advanced degree in law, international relations, European or Central Asian studies, public policy, or a related field is desired, as is familiarity with international human rights law.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits.  HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest describing your experience, your resume, names or letters of reference, salary requirements and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than September 30, 2010 to program@hrw.org.  Please use “Executive Director, ECA Division Ref ECA-10-1049-K” as the subject of your email.  Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email.  If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:

Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Executive Director, ECA Division Ref ECA-10-1049-K)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY  10118-3299
Fax: (212) 736-1300
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 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 began in 1978 with the founding of its Europe and Central Asia division (then known as Helsinki Watch).  Its primary goal was to monitor the implementation of human rights provisions established by the Helsinki Accords within the Soviet Union. Today, the division’s work has expanded well beyond monitoring the Helsinki provisions to include gathering detailed information on human rights abuses throughout Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.  In addition to publishing reliable and comprehensive reports, the ECA division effects change through advocacy.  The ECA holds accountable not only governments who abuse internationally recognized human rights, but also those who support abusive governments.  The ECA division seeks to expand the implementation of human rights law in all of Europe and Central Asia.
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