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Offer: Call for Applications: Researcher on Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch

Researcher on Afghanistan

Organization: Human Rights Watch

Contact Information: Jake Scobey-Thal


Description: The Researcher on Afghanistan will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda focusing on Afghanistan. A primary objective of the research and advocacy will be to curb violations through, among other things, conducting fact-finding missions; writing and publicizing reports, briefing papers, letters, press releases, op-eds, and submissions to governments and international bodies based on the findings; developing and implementing local, regional, and international strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and practices; presenting human rights concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, and the media; working closely with colleague NGOs to ensure that HRW's work complements and enhances their own work; monitoring related legislative and/or policy developments; and liaising with relevant organizations on the issues she or he will cover.


Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have expertise on Afghanistan and substantial directly-related experience working on Afghanistan or similar country situations. An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, related studies, journalism, law, or social sciences is strongly preferred, as are solid field research and documentation skills. Fluency in both written and spoken English is required. Familiarity with Dari and/or Pashto is preferred.

The researcher must be able to identify, research, analyze and effectively communicate important human rights developments in the area of specialty in a timely and sophisticated fashion, setting priorities based on perceptive analysis of critical emerging issues that are important and susceptible to influence. The researcher must be an agile and productive writer and dynamic speaker with accurate, analytically sophisticated, and persuasive oral and written communications skills. He or she must be able to think strategically about the global and local media environments and how to use the press and electronic media to further advocacy goals, maintaining regular contact with key local, national and international contacts relevant to the researcher's issues. He or she must be able to develop and implement realistic and effective local and international advocacy strategies and tactics in order to identify and seize advocacy opportunities and thus insert HRW's position into public debate. Creativity, initiative, perseverance, and flexibility are required while maintaining HRW's high methodological standards.

The researcher must be able to travel domestically and overseas for three or more weeks at a time, several times a year. The researcher may be based in one of HRW's global offices or in another location.

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 history and requirements, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than February 28, 2011 to Please use “Researcher on Afghanistan REF: ASIA-11-1005-B” 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 (Afghanistan Researcher REF: ASIA-11-1005-B) 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10118-3299 Fax: (212) 736-1300

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