Junior Project Manager At Human Rights Watch

Program Department
Multiple Locations Considered
Application Deadline: March 20, 2022


Human Rights Watch is designing a new global strategy to define its organizational direction for 2023-2025 and to set ambitious goals to strengthen the human rights movement overall. We are seeking a 12-month fixed term Junior Project Manager to support this exciting and complex work. The Junior Project Manager will maintain big picture oversight of the project, support individual work streams, monitor deliverables and timelines, guide information management and reporting, and support effective and engaging communications across departments. A strong sense of initiative, keen attention to detail, a natural problem-solving mindset and an enthusiasm for working creatively and collaboratively with others will be essential enablers for successful fulfilment of this role.

The Junior Project Manager will report to the Special Advisor, Global Strategy and collaborate closely with the Deputy Director of Strategy and Collaboration to manage the project plan and support facilitation of the strategy design process. The Project Manager may be based in any of HRW’s offices from the Eastern Timezone to the Central European Timezone.

Due to Covid-19, many of our global offices are currently closed or operating in reduced capacities. The successful candidate may be required to work remotely until offices fully re-open. 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.


  1. Develop and manage a monitoring system for the project plan, tracking work streams and ensuring timely delivery of outputs.
  2. Contribute to the development of the project plan, helping to set timelines and contingency plans across project phases.
  3. Facilitate project team meetings as necessary.
  4. Hold regular check-ins with individual work stream leads, maintaining oversight of deliverables and identifying blockages, risks, and opportunities for collaboration.
  5. Schedule meetings and workshops for teams across time zones and take notes as needed.
  6. Maintain a project risk register; Prepare regular status updates for senior stakeholders.
  7. Support effective project communications including preparation of project reports and the project dashboard.
  8. Help to design creative internal communications in collaboration with relevant staff, ideally using digital and other resources to engage stakeholders.
  9. Contribute to positive, engaging ways of working and collaboration across teams.
  10. Carry out other duties as required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent training / work experience is required.

Experience: A minimum of three years of relevant work experience is required. Previous experience in project management in the non-profit sector is desirable.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  1. Experience in project management and associated information management is required.
  2. Demonstrable understanding and utilization of project management methodologies is required; previous training or qualification in project is an asset.
  3. Experience with information management and online systems, especially Microsoft Office applications such as SharePoint, and other virtual project management tools is required.
  4. Meticulous attention to detail; Experience in project monitoring and in tracking timelines and deliverables to ensure milestones are met is required.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within HRW and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences are required.
  6. Experience coordinating multi-stakeholder meetings and ability to manage schedules and coordinate events is required; Experience in facilitating project team meetings is highly desirable.
  7. Excellent time management skills and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously are required, as well as the ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently.
  8. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; Ability to synthesis large volumes of information into key points and accessible summaries is required.
  9. Experience in using business intelligence tools or in preparing reports for senior stakeholders is highly desirable.
  10. Ability to create efficient and creative internal communications to inspire and engage stakeholders, particularly digital communications, is an asset.
  11. Strong interest in international human rights is an asset.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers comprehensive compensation and benefits.

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 March 20, 2022 by visiting our online job portal at careers.hrw.org and attaching a letter of interest and CV or resume. 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 to submit your application, please email recruitment@hrw.org. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.