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Full-Time Russia Office Director
Europe & Central Asia Division

Location: Moscow, Russia


Human Rights Watch ("HRW") is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Office Director for the Europe & Central Asia ("ECA") Division's Moscow Office.

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2010

Description: Reporting to the Europe and Central Asia division's Deputy Director, the Russia Office Director represents HRW in all aspects of our work in the region, develops strategies to curb human rights abuses in Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine, monitors human rights in these countries, oversees compliance with Russian and internal administrative and financial requirements, and manages a small local staff. The director will work closely with HRW's Russia team.

The Russia Office Director is HRW's spokesperson in the region and represents the organization before the international community, our partner organizations, and regional media. The Russia Office Director investigates human rights developments in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine in order to publicize and curtail human rights abuses through writing and advocacy. The Director also ensures the operational integrity of the Russia office. Responsibilities will include documenting human rights violations; writing and publicizing concise and accurate reports, briefing papers, news releases, op-eds and submissions to international bodies as needed; bringing human rights violations to the attention of governments in the region; advocating for the improvement of human rights in the region with target regional governments, the EU, the US government, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and other multilateral bodies; working with local groups and activists including through coalition work and campaigns with local groups; expanding HRW's media presence in Russia; expanding contacts with government officials and human rights groups in the target countries, and international organizations based in the region; working with the HRW Operations team and local staff to ensure the security of our Russia office and compliance with local and internal regulations; overseeing other financial and administrative aspects of the Moscow office. HRW anticipates that the successful candidate will take up this position in mid-May or early June 2010.

Qualifications:  The successful candidate will be scrupulously objective, able to investigate and report on abuses without prejudice or favor, and in contexts that are highly charged politically. The individual in this position must be able to respond quickly to crises or opportunities as they occur, producing written material in English under tight deadlines. The position combines elements of research, writing, advocacy, administration and management, and requires an individual who has solid judgment and initiative, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent research and writing skills.

The ideal candidate should have an advanced degree in international relations, related regional studies, journalism, law, or another related field; several years of human rights or related experience, in Russia and, ideally, in one or more of the target countries; fluent command of Russian and excellent writing and communications skills in English; and a demonstrated commitment to international human rights. Management experience is advantageous.

The Russia Office Director will be based in Moscow, Russia, and should be prepared to travel extensively in the region and occasionally to the United States and Europe for consultations and advocacy.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and generous 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 (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 writing sample (unedited by others) no later than March 1, 2010. Please use "Russia Director Ref ECA-10-1002-A" as the subject of your email.  If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:

Human Rights Watch
Attn: Researcher Search (Russia Director Ref ECA-10-1002-A)
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.