Associate, Africa

Africa Division
Johannesburg Office
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

The Africa Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a highly motivated and qualified person to provide administrative support to the team. The Africa Division is a part of the Program Department which consists of regional and thematic divisions and oversees research, reporting and various other work. The Africa Division works to advance human rights in Africa and conducts a wide range of work, including investigation, report writing, advocacy and media work. This full-time position is based in Johannesburg and reports to the Executive Director, Africa Division.


  1. Providing day-to-day administrative support to Africa Division staff, such as scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, preparing for and taking minutes at meetings, creating and maintaining extensive filing and archiving systems, and responding to requests for information;
  2. Assisting with preparing, drafting, editing, formatting and/or distributing documents such as news releases, reports, tables, charts, briefing papers, op eds, publications, and web content;
  3. Assisting with vetting of documents, supporting the translation of documents into English and Portuguese, and providing other language support;
  4. Supporting the division’s advisory committee, including by planning meetings and events and drafting briefing documents;
  5. Shepherding Africa Division publications through the internal review process;
  6. Assisting with research, electronic clipping, wires, and translations;
  7. Assisting with events such as news conferences, staff meetings, retreats and special events;
  8. Assisting with the recruitment and mentoring of interns;
  9. Recording, tracking, and processing divisional finances;
  10. Maintaining communication between HRW offices, its staff, and external partners; and
  11. Carrying out other duties as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in human rights, international relations, social science, or a related field is required.

Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required; fluency in another language, particularly Portuguese, is highly desirable.
  2. Demonstrable interest in international human rights and sub-Saharan Africa is required. Sub-Saharan Africa related experience is desirable.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously is required.
  4. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.
  5. Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team with staff in multiple locations globally is required.
  6. Proficiency in computer packages including MS Office applications is required.

Other: Applicants for this position must possess current South African work authorization.

Salary and Benefits: Human Rights Watch offers competitive domestic market salary and comprehensive employer-paid benefits.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. 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 5 June 2020 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest and resume or CV. 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 [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.