Video Editor/Producer at Human Rights Watch

Video Editor / Producer
Multimedia Division
Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, London, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Tunis, Amman or Beirut
Application Deadline: June 10, 2021

Who we are:
Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigates and reports on human rights abuses happening in all corners of the world. We are roughly 500 people of 70-plus nationalities who work to protect the most at risk, from vulnerable minorities and civilians in wartime, to refugees and children in need. The Multimedia Division is where we craft our visual messaging and deliver it to our audiences in order to raise public awareness of the human rights violations HRW investigates and documents.

The opportunity:
The Editor / Producer will be a video journalist able to produce compelling stories that expose abuses, present solutions to advance rights, showcase activist partners worldwide and persuade key audiences to embrace and value human rights. The Editor / Producer will ideally be based in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, London, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Tunis, Amman or Beirut, and reports to the Multimedia Director based in New York. This is a fixed-term, full-time position for six (6) months, with an anticipated start in June 2021.

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.


  1. Create visually compelling and journalistically sound features that complement and enhance HRW’s research and advocacy;
  2. Research, write, produce and edit multimedia content, including social, news reports and documentaries; videography preferred;
  3. Collaborate with HRW researchers to develop multimedia and communications plans for their reports and advocacy;
  4. Project manage global shoots;
  5. Ensure editorial standards and adhere to the highest journalistic practices;
  6. Support the Multimedia team in creating and expediting an effective production schedule; and
  7. Carry out other duties as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree is required. A degree in Journalism, Media, English, Communications or a related field is highly desirable. Candidates with equivalent training/experience and a passion for journalism and/or human rights work are also encouraged to apply.

Experience: A minimum three (3) years of experience of working reporting for a news organization is required. Prior broadcasting experience and/or experience working in nonprofit/NGO is highly desirable.


  1. Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English are required; proficiency in another language is highly desirable.
  2. Demonstrate traits of tact, discretion, sound editorial judgment and the ability to function in a confidential capacity is required.
  3. Excellent story editing skills are required; videography skills are preferable.
  4. Knowledge of leading video tools, including Adobe Premiere Suite, are required.
  5. Excellent time-management skills and ability to prioritize tasks while maintaining a strong attention to detail is required.
  6. Ability to multi-task multiple stories while also producing long-term projects, work under pressure, and thrive in a deadline-driven environment is required.
  7. Knowledge in viral and multi-platform distribution of multimedia products is highly desirable.
  8. Excellent communication skills, self-motivated, creative problem-solver, highly organized, and demonstrates the ability to work well as a member of a team are required.

Other: Applicants must possess valid work authorization for one of the offices listed; HRW is unable to secure work visa sponsorship for this role.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits.

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 10, 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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