Deputy Director, Strategy and Collaboration at Human Rights Watch

Deputy Director, Strategy and Collaboration
Office of the Chief Programs Officer
New York Preferred
Application Deadline: June 14, 2021

The Deputy Executive Director / Chief Programs Officer (CPO) leads Human Rights Watch’s research, advocacy, media and legal work, supervising a staff of almost 300 professionals in more than 50 countries. The CPO is seeking a Deputy Director, Strategy and Collaboration to assist in the development and realization of the organization’s strategic goals, consistent with the core values of transparency, accountability, collaboration, creativity, and excellence. This is a new position, and the Deputy Director will have the opportunity to craft their role to support and enhance the Office of the CPO in supporting an organizational culture where staff thrive and do impactful work. The ideal candidate will facilitate creativity by identifying opportunities to think differently about the human rights challenges of the future and assist the CPO in building systems to foster stronger inter-departmental collaboration. The role will also be responsible for working with the CPO in developing and implementing special projects and strategic initiatives. The ideal candidate will also develop and support external networks with partner organizations and activists to situate and enhance HRW’s role in the human rights movement. The Deputy Director will ideally be based in New York, and reports to the CPO based in New York.

Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are currently closed or operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely initially, or if local requirements mandate it. We recognize that this moment, during the pandemic, is a uniquely difficult time for most people, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in both the recruitment for and onboarding of this position.

Working closely with the Chief Programs Officer, the Deputy will:
• Assist the CPO in the implementation of decisions across the Programs – including communications, program, legal and policy and advocacy;
• Work with directors and staff across departments to develop and support the implementation of new ways of working that foster interdisciplinary, strategic, impact-oriented and innovative approaches to human rights work;
• Create spaces for effective and strategic collaboration;
• Support the strategic thinking and initiatives of the Program Leadership Team;
• Identify and develop relationships with key external partners;
• Represent the CPO’s office in external facing fora as required;
• Project manage key initiatives in coordination with CPO;
• Manage staff and consultants as needed; and
• Carry out other duties as delegated by the CPO.

Qualifications and Qualities:

Education: A level of education that when combined with your professional experience will adequately show you have the capability to contribute meaningfully to HRW in this role.

Experience: The successful candidate will have a minimum of 7 years of professional experience managing projects, and at least 3 years working with colleagues at the executive level.

Related Skills and Knowledge:
• Demonstrated commitment to and experience working in international human rights;
• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams in a global environment;
• Experience developing short, medium and long-term research and/or advocacy strategies and a track record of building teams to implement them;
• A creative, inclusive, and strategic problem solver;
• An outstanding communicator, with a focus on clarity and diplomacy;
• Able to work productively with colleagues at all levels;
• Adept at collaboration and conflict resolution;
• A high degree of emotional intelligence;
• Comfort operating in and navigating ambiguous environments full of change;
• Self-directed and able to seek advice and inputs when needed;
• Detail oriented, efficient, and strong project management expertise;
• A clear and fast writer and editor;
• Experience with social media is advantageous;
• Facilitates work in a manner that is inclusive and accessible to people from different backgrounds, cultures and abilities;
• Develops and nurtures strong team dynamics; and
• Experience promoting resilience and a work/life balance.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW offers a relocation assistance package and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Human Rights Watch does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

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.

How to apply

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by June 14, 2021 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest and CV or resume. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

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