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Asia Division

Sydney office

Application deadline: October 23, 2022

The Asia Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking candidates for the position of Australia Director. The Australian office has been an important player in Human Rights Watch’s global efforts to encourage influential governments to defend and promote human rights in foreign policy, at the United Nations and at home.

The Australian Director will be an effective leader, strategic thinker and compelling communicator to lead Human Rights Watch advocacy and media, and oversee a team of staff responsible for research, advocacy, fundraising, development and awareness in Australia. The Director can also expand our fledgling advocacy efforts in New Zealand and other Pacific jurisdictions as appropriate.

The Australian Director will act as the primary advocate and spokesperson for Human Rights Watch in Australia, acting as our link to policymakers and the media on our global portfolio of issues, as well as national human rights concerns.

The Australian Director will oversee our Sydney office and create a culture in which staff from a wide variety of backgrounds can thrive. The successful candidate will have a solid understanding of the current human rights landscape at home and abroad, a solid track record of engaging with political circles and the general public, a sophisticated understanding of the media landscape and will be a compelling speaker.

This position is preferably based in Sydney and reports to the Asia Division Director.

Due to COVID-19, many of our global offices are operating with reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely if local mandates require it. We recognize that this time during the pandemic is a particularly difficult time for most people, especially those with care responsibilities, and we aim to be as flexible and supportive as possible in the recruitment and onboarding of this post.


1. Lead the overall strategy and day-to-day work of the Australian office of Human Rights Watch;

2. Lead HRW’s foreign policy advocacy in Australia, and design and implement advocacy strategies on the countries and issues most relevant to Australia for maximum impact; expand HRW’s nascent advocacy efforts in New Zealand and other Pacific jurisdictions, as appropriate;

3. Lead, motivate and coach direct reports, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance goals, providing regular and timely constructive feedback, ensuring a balanced workload, providing guidance on professional growth and monitoring staff well-being in relation to stress and resilience issues and self-care;

4. Oversee the Australian HRW researcher overseeing our national research and advocacy, including editing of published written work (such as reports, letters, press releases, editorials and submissions);

5. Use HRW research to influence decision makers in Australia, establish access and stay in regular contact with key decision makers and departments, testify at parliamentary hearings, speak at public events and seminars, influence think tanks and other policy/advisory bodies, and leverage other means the Australian Government to be a more cohesive and principled actor for human rights worldwide;

6. Lead the strategy to effectively promote the work of HRW to traditional and social media in Australia, building meaningful relationships and partnerships with journalists and media, telling compelling stories in innovative ways to promote the values ​​of human rights to the general public, by creating succinct sound clips. and messages, and write and speak on human rights issues;

7. Coordinate closely with HRW advocates in other countries and at the UN (based in New York and Geneva);

8. Work with HRW researchers in the Asia Division and beyond to act on media and advocacy opportunities in Australia, on global and national issues;

9. Work closely with development staff in Sydney and Melbourne to support the implementation of their fundraising strategy and build relationships with committee members, donors and potential supporters by representing HRW – sharing research, advocacy and impact – in an authentic and inspiring way;

10. Contribute to HRW internal policies and strategic debates;

11. Work closely with local human rights organizations to ensure effective coordination and engage in joint actions where appropriate;

12. Provide leadership to the Sydney office, working with operations colleagues, to oversee the organization’s financial systems, human resources and security protocols;

13. Promote an inclusive and positive work environment, including integrating the values ​​and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion into Australian team research and advocacy, working with staff to develop initiatives to building movements and expanding our partnerships with diverse directly affected people and other stakeholders and creating a diverse team and an inclusive environment;

14. Act as a representative of HRW and Corporate Secretary of the Australian entity, overseeing the governance responsibilities of the organization in conjunction with operations colleagues; and

15. Perform other responsibilities as required.


Education: A graduate degree or equivalent work experience in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences or related field is required.

Live: A minimum of seven years of relevant international experience in human rights, advocacy/media and personnel management is required.

Related skills and knowledge:

1. A solid knowledge of the Australian political, media and NGO scene is required.

2. Fluency in English, with excellent public speaking skills, is required. Proven track record of an ability to inspire, communicate and connect with different audiences.

3. A passion and experience of working on human rights issues is required. The ability to follow many human rights issues in a rigorous and nuanced manner is required.

4. The ability to identify research and advocacy opportunities and help develop and implement advocacy strategies is required. A demonstrated ability to think strategically and a solid understanding of how to implement successful advocacy for policy change is required.

5. Experience in fundraising for a non-profit organization, working with donors and developing fundraising strategies is required.

6. Ability to think strategically about the traditional and social media environment, ability to write and edit opinion and news articles as well as letters and experience speaking with the media and interviewing relations with journalists are necessary.

7. Strong initiative and follow-through, an ability to change priorities according to international events and an ability to work well under pressure are required.

8. Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with HRW staff in multiple locations around the world and with Australian committee members and supporters are required.

9. Willingness to travel regularly domestically and internationally as required.

10. Experience building and leading inclusive teams and workplaces is required.

11. Experience with governance standards, financial systems and human resources is highly desirable.

12. Experience working with other NGOs on joint advocacy strategies is preferred.

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

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek out a diverse candidate pool and encourage candidates from 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 non-parents, self-taught and college graduates, and come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and world perspectives. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights watchdog and advocacy organization known for its thorough investigations, incisive and timely reporting, innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and success in changing human rights policies and practices. influential groups. governments and international institutions.

How to register

How to register: Please apply immediately or by October 23, 2022 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter and resume or CV, preferably as PDF files. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you encounter technical difficulties while submitting your application or require accommodations during the application process, please email [email protected] Due to the large number of responses, emailed applications will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

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