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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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ProfileAmericas Researcher The candidate will report to the Managing Director of the Americas division. Will develop and implement a research and advocacy agenda that focuses on improving respect for human rights in one or more Latin American countries, likely including Mexico. Monitor and document human rights practices by conducting fact-finding missions and collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources, including government agencies and institutions, local media, NGOs, journalists, diplomats, and others in the field. Write and publicize reports, briefing memos, statements, op-eds, articles, and press releases, as well as submissions to international bodies. Present human rights concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, and the media. Travel for substantial periods of time, several times a year, in order to carry out research and advocacy. Respond promptly to queries from the media, the public, and colleagues in the human rights community. Work closely with local and regional human rights organizations to ensure that the work of organization complements and enhances their own work. Liaise effectively with staff located in multiple locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities. Deliver outputs in a timely manner and being consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the Americas Division. Perform other duties as required.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have an an advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, Latin American regional studies, social sciences and/or extensive experience in human rights or related work. Must have 3+ years of experience working on human rights or related issues in Latin America, including time spent living in the region. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish are required. Ability to research and analyze complex human rights issues in a rigorous, nuanced and efficient manner is needed. Should have ability to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims of abuse, witnesses, and government officials. Ability to monitor human rights developments and to identify and prioritize issues to work on is needed. Ability to identify advocacy opportunities and advise the Americas division in developing and implementing advocacy strategies is a must. Ability to work flexible hours and respond quickly to crises and conflicts as they occur is required. Strong public-speaking skills are essential. Ability to think strategically about the global and local media environments and how to use the print and electronic media effectively to further advocacy goals is desirable. Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights and familiarity with international human rights law is preferred.
ID Reference: 2016-1180
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