Sunday, September 17, 2006

LGBT Researcher at Human Rights Watch

Fulltime Position


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program (New
York Office)

Deadline for applications: October 16, 2006

Please note: Interviews for short-listed candidates will
be held in New York and are tentatively scheduled for
October. Human Rights Watch ("HRW") 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 of influential governments and
international institutions.

HRWs Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ("LGBT")
Rights program is seeking a Researcher. The Researcher
will focus on human rights abuses related to sexual
orientation and gender identity and expression worldwide
under the supervision of the Director of the LGBT Rights
program, who will provide guidance on the choice of
research and advocacy projects.

The Researcher will be responsible for ongoing research
and advocacy efforts, play an important role in developing
strategies for dealing with human rights issues related to
sexuality and sexual rights, and contribute to policy
development in this area. S/he will carry out fact-finding
missions to target countries; write and publicize reports
on findings; develop advocacy strategies; present human
rights concerns to governments, intergovernmental and
nongovernmental organizations, and the press; and write
press releases, articles, op-eds, and position papers. The
Researcher will coordinate research and advocacy plans
with the HRW thematic and regional divisions. S/he will
help create and maintain partnerships with NGOs working on
sexual rights and will follow media and other reports on
human rights abuses based on sexual orientation or gender
identity or expression. S/he may also be responsible for
editing, representing the program in seminars and other
meetings, and related tasks. The Researcher may assume
primary responsibility within the program for responding
to emergency situations. The Researcher will be based
preferably in HRWs New York headquarters, although other
locations may be considered.

An advanced degree in law, public health, international
relations, gender studies, or a related field, and two to
three years of experience in human rights, with a
preferred emphasis in LGBT rights, gender, sexual rights,
or a closely related area, are required. Candidates must
have research experience and advocacy skills and should
have good interviewing skills; field experience in public
health or human rights is strongly desirable, as is
demonstrated experience working with sexual minorities and
LGBT communities. Experience working with issues of gender
identity and expression is highly desirable. Excellent
oral and written communications skills in English are
required, and writing and speaking proficiency in another
language is highly desirable. Candidates should be highly
motivated and well-organized; able to work quickly and
well under pressure, both independently and as a member of
a team; juggle multiple tasks and meet tight deadlines;
and demonstrate a commitment to international human

Salary and Benefits : Human Rights Watch 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 U.S. work authorization; non-US citizens are
encouraged to apply.

PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls or email inquiries,
please) by emailing together a letter of interest, resume,
names or letters of reference, and a brief writing sample
(unedited by others) no later than October 16, 2006 to . Please use "LGBT Researcher Application" 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 (LGBT Researcher)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Fax: (212) 736-1300

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

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