[Job Opportunity] Executive Director, Women's Rights at Human Rights Watch

Executive Director, Women’s Rights at Human Rights Watch


Location: Multiple Locations Considered

Application Deadline: November 16, 2020

Human Rights Watch is seeking an outstanding women’s rights leader to direct its Women’s Rights Division, one of its eight thematic research programs. The WRD Director reports to the Program Office and leads a WRD management team. The position will preferably be based in a major HRW office, but other locations will be considered.

The position involves three main areas of responsibility: 1) lead HRW’s work on women’s rights; 2) manage a thriving team within the Women’s Rights Division; and 3) play a key role in raising funds to > support WRD’s work.

  1. Lead HRW’s work on women’s rights

The WRD director is responsible for leading and motivating WRD’s staff to conduct strategic, ethical, and impactful research, produce high-quality reports, innovative and targeted communications, and advocacy with governments, policy-makers and the public, to advance the rights of women and girls around the world by generating pressure on governments, non-state actors such as business, and international institutions to curb rights violations. The WRD director will provide vision, leadership, and support to foster an inclusive, equitable, productive, resilient, and team-oriented culture within the division and across the organization.

  1. Manage a thriving team within the Women’s Rights Division

The director is responsible for day to day management and supervision of WRD’s staff, including: overseeing the work of multiple direct reports; setting priorities; representing the division’s work internally and externally; ensuring security of staff, partners, and information; managing risk; mentoring and supporting staff and ensuring alignment with HRW values.

The director must demonstrate ability and commitment to: foster the safety and resilience of staff; promote diversity, equity and inclusion; build consensus with staff around confronting key challenges and research and advocacy approaches; lead the team in producing strategic research and advocacy that is timely and impactful; and ensure the highest research standards in a culture of learning, trust, teamwork, and collaboration.

  1. Play a key role in raising funds to support WRD’s work

The WRD director has primary responsibility for raising the funds needed to support the work of the division. In this role, the WRD director will have support from HRW’s development team.

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