FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY (administrative – not legal – position)
EU Advocacy Division (Brussels Office)
Application Deadline: 10 September 2014
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate with the EU Advocacy team. This position reports to the Director of EU Advocacy.
- Providing administrative and clerical assistance to the EU Advocacy division;
- Assisting with research on various aspects of EU and member states’ policies;
- Setting up meetings and assisting with the organization and coordination of logistics for special events;
- Preparing, formatting and distributing documents such as press releases, reports, briefing papers, and op-eds; conducting background advocacy research and drafting related documents such as advocacy letters and memoranda; editing correspondence and other documents;
- Preparing for and taking minutes at meetings; representing HRW in advocacy meetings with the EU institutions;
- Making travel arrangements and recording departmental finances;
- Updating the EU advocacy calendar, contact lists and databases and retrieving and responding to requests for information;
- Maintaining extensive files, filing and archiving systems;
- Assisting with the recruitment and coordination of interns;
- Word processing; photocopying; filing; faxing; answering phones; processing incoming mail; and
- Carrying out other duties as required.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.
Experience: Minimum 1 year of relevant work experience.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
- Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills;
- The ideal candidate must be self-motivated, must be able to take initiative and be extremely detail-oriented;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; fluency in other European languages is a plus;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences;
- Strong interest in international human rights as well as knowledge of the European Union institutions is highly desirable;
- Previous work, internship, or volunteer experience with the European Union and/or in human rights is preferred;
- Ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously;
- Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team;
- Proficiency in computer packages including MS Office applications.
Other: Applicants for this position must possess current EU work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.
Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at EUR 30,000. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including private medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, a retirement savings plan after two years of employment and twenty-five (25) days vacation per year.
Contact: Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest for the job, curriculum vitae, a brief writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Associate Ref: DEV-14-1042-A” as the subject of your email.
Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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.