Communications Associate

Human Rights Watch, Paris, France

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th November, 2020

Job Description

The Communications Division and the Paris Office of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) are seeking a highly motivated candidate to provide support to the two teams. The Associate reports to the France Director, based in Paris. This position is based in Paris and is full-time at 35 hours.

Due to COVID-19, many of HRW's offices are either closed or are open in a limited capacity. Offices will remain closed, or open in an opt-in capacity, for the foreseeable future.

Responsibilities :

  •  Assist with promoting HRW's reports and products to the French and Francophone media.
  •  Support the development of HRW's presence on social media and HRW's social media accounts in French;
  •  Assist with promoting content in French on social media, maintaining webpages, and sourcing multimedia materials; provide support to multimedia projects;
  • Coordinate the logistics and organization of media events such as press conferences and press briefings;
  •  Support the implementation and development of campaigns, including on social media;
  •  Maintain and develop extensive media contact databases;
  •  Proofread, format, and distribute materials; assist with editing contents in French (news releases, op-eds, web and social media contents);
  •  Assist with the preparation of the French version of HRW's “Daily Brief”;
  •  Maintain communication among HRW offices, global staff, and external partners;
  •  Carry out other duties as required.

Qualifications :

Education : A bachelor's degree in communications is required. Coursework in international human rights, international relations, social sciences or related studies is desirable.

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

Related Skills and Knowledge :

  •  Creativity, initiative, follow-through, ability to work independently, and excellent organizational skills are required.
  •  Prior office experience and strong organizational skills are required.
  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills in French are required; fluency in English is required.
  •  The ability to work well under pressure and to manage multiple priorities while working effectively toward deadlines is required.
  •  Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within Human Rights Watch as well as with external partners are required.
  •  Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.
  • Professional knowledge of the use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & Youtube) is required.
  • Proficiency in computer programs including MS Office applications is required. Proficiency using programs such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Audition are desirable.
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and / or international issues are highly desirable.


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