Lebanon Researcher

  • Contract
  • Beirut Lebanon
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

Human Rights Watch

FULL-TIME VACANCY

LEBANON RESEARCHER

Middle East and North Africa Division

Beirut Office

Application Deadline: 31 October 2022

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a Lebanon Researcher to develop and implement a research and advocacy strategy on Lebanon. The position will be based in Beirut and the Researcher reports to a Deputy Director in the Middle East and North Africa Division based in Amman.

Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely as local mandates necessitate. 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.

Responsibilities:

1. 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;

2. Write and publicize reports, briefing papers, letters, news releases, op-eds, and submissions to international bodies based on research findings;

3. Collaborate with colleagues in the multimedia team to produce videos and other visual materials that convey research findings and advocacy messages;

4. Develop and implement local, regional, and international strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and practices, in coordination with Lebanese civil society;

5. Respond promptly to queries from the media, public, and colleagues in the human rights community and take initiative to project concerns in public debate;

6. Place abuses within the broader political, social and economic contexts and present human rights concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, and the media;

7. Work closely with local and regional human rights and humanitarian organizations to ensure that the work of HRW regarding Lebanon complements and enhances their own work;

  1. Liaise effectively with relevant HRW staff located in multiple locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities;

9. Supervise a research assistant’s work, security, and personal and professional development, and manage coordination with other HRW staff supporting human rights research and advocacy work on Lebanon;

10. Assist Divisional Directors and HRW’s Development Department in conducting fundraising;

11. Travel domestically and internationally, as required, in order to carry out research and advocacy; and

12. Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications:

Education: An advanced (graduate) degree or an equivalent level of experience in international relations, regional studies, journalism, law, history or social sciences is required.

Experience: A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience working on human rights or related issues in Lebanon is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Ability to identify, research, analyze and effectively communicate important human rights developments in Lebanon in a timely and sophisticated fashion is required.

2. Ability and sensitivity to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims and witnesses are required.

3. Ability to efficiently distil information about Lebanon so as to focus time and effort on issues of greatest importance or issues that are most capable of being influenced is required.

4. Ability to produce excellent written material under tight deadlines is required.

5. Ability to identify and advise on strategies to conduct research and advocacy is required.

6. Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent situations and to respond quickly is required.

7. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic are required.

8. Strong interpersonal skills, to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with external partners are required.

9. Strong initiative and follow-through, the capacity to think creatively and strategically, and dynamic public speaking ability are required.

10. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having strong planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure are required.

11. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.

12. Demonstrated ability to think strategically about the global and local media environments and how to use the media and electronic media to further advocacy goals is desirable.

13. Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations is required.

14. Knowledge of and experience working in international human rights is required and familiarity with international humanitarian law is preferred.

15. Ability to carry out security assessments and analysis in order to inform HRW research opportunities is required.

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

***How to Apply:***Please apply immediately or by 31 October 2022 by visiting our online job portal at https://careers.hrw.org/and submitting a CV/Resume and letter of interest. 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, or if you require a disability-related accommodation, please email [email protected] Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

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 31 October 2022 by visiting our online job portal at https://careers.hrw.org/and submitting a CV/Resume and letter of interest. 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, or if you require a disability-related accommodation, please email [email protected] Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.