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Subject: Human Rights Watch Position available in Moscow
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2009
From: "Rachel Denber" <denberr@hrw.org>

Human Rights Watch

Full-Time Position Available :

Europe & Central Asia Division
(Moscow Office)

Deadline for applications: August 17, 2009

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate with the Europe & Central Asia (“ECA”) Division’s Moscow Office.

Description: This Associate position, based in the Moscow office, will provide HRW’s Moscow-based staff with logistical, administrative, and clerical assistance, including, but not limited to: maintaining extensive files, contact lists, and databases; maintaining communication among HRW's Moscow office and international offices; drafting and editing correspondence and other documents; retrieving and responding to requests for information; preparing, formatting and distributing documents such as press releases, reports, tables, charts, briefing papers, publications and web content; preparing for and taking minutes at meetings; arranging meetings; assisting with special events; assisting with hiring and training; assisting with travel arrangements and follow-up; assisting with research for HRW reports and other publications, and occasional translating; processing expenses and recording departmental finances; updating ECA’s website to keep pace with events; photocopying filing, faxing, answering phones, and processing incoming mail.

This is a full-time opportunity for candidates with a strong interest in a future career in international human rights as it offers close supervision by HRW staff and the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to the work of an international human rights organization. The Associate may have the opportunity to assist HRW’s Moscow staff with research and monitoring activities, including interacting with local and international organizations, Russian officials, and visiting foreign delegations; helping with the collection of evidence of human rights abuses, including taking complaints; attending and taking notes at trials; and other tasks as they may arise.

Qualifications: Candidates must be self-motivated, extremely well-organized, collegial, culturally sensitive, flexible and able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously. S/he must be able to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. Fluent oral and written English and Russian language skills are required. Strong interest in international human rights, as well as a degree in International Relations and/or relevant regional or thematic study or experience, is highly desirable. The candidate must have solid office/administration experience, demonstrated organizational skills, and excellent computer skills. Applicants for this position must possess current Russian work authorization valid for a minimum of two years.

Salary and Benefits: Human Rights Watch offers excellent employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability and life insurance, an outstanding pension plan, and 20 days vacation per year.

PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls or email inquiries, please) 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, unedited writing sample no later than August 17, 2009 to eca@hrw.org. Please use “Associate, Moscow Office Ref ECA-09-1032-C” 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 (Associate, Moscow Office Ref ECA-09-1032-C)
350 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
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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