Research Assistant, Americas

Organization: Human Rights Watch
Closing date: 30 Sep 2021

Americas Division
Multiple Locations Considered
Application Deadline: September 30, 2021

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Research Assistant to provide research assistance to the Americas Division on human rights in the Southern Cone. This is a fixed-term, two-year position reporting to the Deputy Director of the Americas Division. The Research Assistant will preferably be based remotely in Buenos Aires or Santiago de Chile.

We recognize that this moment, during the COVID-19 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. Provide research, advocacy, and administrative assistance to the Americas Division research staff and directors;
  2. Develop contacts with government officials and other local actors, including using pre-existing networks among local rights activists and organizations to expand HRW’s monitoring capabilities and access to information; facilitate meetings with NGOs, government officials, and individuals able to provide information regarding human rights abuses;
  3. Assist the Americas Division research staff and directors in monitoring human rights conditions and documenting abuses by collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources including governments, local media, NGOs, victims, witnesses, and journalists, and in fact-checking Human Rights Watch publications;
  4. Assist the Americas Division research staff and directors in following up on specific cases of human rights violations, including interviews with family members; assist in follow-up with authorities and with local UN representatives on strategic cases on which HRW is advocating for justice;
  5. Provide written analyses and write-ups of interviews, and, when appropriate, first drafts of briefing papers, letters, news releases, submissions to international bodies, etc., as requested;
  6. Assist the Americas Division research staff and directors in preparing reports for discussion with governmental officials, NGO, IGO and other external partners;
  7. Assist with local logistical issues, such as finding drivers, fixers, translators, as requested;
  8. Translate documents from English to Spanish or review translations as needed;
  9. Proofread translations of documents by other translators, for ensuring that all HRW documents in Spanish are polished, accurate, and up to HRW standards;
  10. Travel to the field, with the Americas Division research staff or directors, and independently, to conduct research; travel internationally as appropriate to attend specific trainings or planning sessions; and
  11. Perform other tasks as may be required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in law, journalism, international relations, social science, nonprofit or project management, or a related field is required. Candidates with equivalent experience or training and a passion for human rights work are encouraged to apply.

Experience: Minimum one year of experience working in an office environment or assisting in field research is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  1. Excellent interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW, as well as with external partners, are required.
  2. Ability to work well and autonomously while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously and working effectively toward deadlines is required.
  3. Excellent organizational, administrative, financial and analytical skills are required.
  4. Excellent written and spoken skills in English and Spanish are required.
  5. Experience carrying out field research, with particular experience in the Southern Cone, is highly desirable.
  6. Good judgment, discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality are essential.
  7. Experience working for an international, preferably human rights organization in a support function is highly desirable.

Other: Applicants must possess work authorization for the location in which they would like to be based. Human Rights Watch is unable to sponsor a work permit 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 based anywhere 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 September 30, 2021, by visiting our online job portal at No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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