Deadline: 15 February 2016
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The Iraq Researcher will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy strategy on Iraq, and possibly an additional MENA country.
HRW defends the rights of people worldwide, and scrupulously investigates abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice.
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Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Iraq Researcher will perform the following functions-
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- Research, monitor and document human rights abuses by collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources including governments, local media, NGOs, victims, witnesses, journalists, diplomats, security forces and others in the field.
- Conduct fact-finding missions in Iraq and other MENA countries, as needed and if security permits.
- Write and publicize reports, briefing papers, letters, news releases, op-eds, and submissions to international bodies based on the findings of your research.
- Develop and implement local, regional, and international strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and practices.
- Work closely with local and regional human rights organizations to ensure that the work of HRW regarding Iraq complements and enhances their own work.
- Respond promptly to queries from the media, public, and colleagues in the human rights community and take initiative to project concerns in public debate.
- Liaise effectively with relevant HRW staff located in multiple locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities.
- Travel domestically and internationally, as required, in order to carry out research and advocacy.
- Perform other duties as required.
Applicants must have-
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- An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, history or social sciences is required.
- A minimum of three years of experience working on human rights issues or humanitarian law, ideally in the Middle East and/or North Africa, is required.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; Arabic language skills strongly preferred.
- Ability to identify, research, analyzes and effectively communicates important human rights developments in Iraq.
- Ability and sensitivity to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims and witnesses.
- Ability to identify and advice on strategies to conduct research and advocacy.
- Ability to produce high-quality written material under tight deadlines.
- Strong initiative and follow-through, capacity to think creatively and strategically, excellent editing skills, and dynamic public speaking skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW, as well as with external partners.
- Ability to multi-task effectively, including having strong planning and organizing skills, and ability to work under pressure.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit a letter of interest describing their experience, resume, contact details for three references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) via email, with “Iraq Researcher Application Ref: MENA-16-1088” as the subject line.
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