Researcher, Tunisia and Algeria

Human Rights Watch, Tunis, Tunisia

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st March, 2020

Job Description

Middle East and North Africa Division
Tunis Office
Application Deadline: March 31, 2020

The Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking applicants for the position of Tunisia and Algeria Researcher. The Researcher will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy strategy on Tunisia and Algeria and overseeing administrative, finance, human resources, and legal duties in the Tunis office of HRW. The position will be based in that office and report to the Deputy Middle East and North Africa director based in Washington, DC.



  • 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;
  • Conduct fact-finding missions in Tunisia and Algeria and other MENA countries, as needed and if security permits;
  • Write and publicize reports, briefing papers, letters, news releases, op-eds, and submissions to international bodies based on research findings;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of local, regional, and international strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and practices;
  • Present human rights issues and concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, and the media to promote human rights reforms;
  • Work closely with colleague non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local human rights organizations to ensure that HRW’s work complements and enhances their own work;
  • Respond promptly to queries from the media, public, and colleagues in the human rights community and take initiative to project concerns in public debate;
  • Liaise effectively with relevant HRW staff located in multiple locations throughout the world to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities;
  • Travel domestically and internationally, as required, in order to carry out research and advocacy;
  • 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 Tunisia and Algeria.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Office Director:


  • Participate in making decisions about unplanned closings, office cleanliness, security, layout, office space allocation, location, and safety;
  • Sign locally issued insurance policies for the office, if needed;
  • Enable staff to question the way the office is run and empower location Operation Associate to enact changes amongst diverse staff;
  • Liaise with the Director of Security in a crisis;


  • Act as a signatory on the bank accounts and authorize payments, as needed;

Human Resources:

  • Sign letters of employment, extension, immigration, etc., as requested by HR (depending on the entity);
  • Act as a knowledge base with regards to recruitment;
  • Handle office morale – including scheduling staff cultivation events, regular office-wide staff meetings, and celebrations when appropriate;
  • Liaise with HR in cases of office grievances, disciplinary or other serious matters;


  • Act as an HRW representative in corporate governance matters related to the local entity, as necessary; and
  • Attend all local entity governance meetings.



  • An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, history or social sciences is required.


  • A minimum of three years of experience working on human rights issues, ideally in the Middle East and/or North Africa, is required.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Ability to identify, research, analyze, and effectively communicate important human rights developments in Tunisia and Algeria.
  • Ability and sensitivity to conduct interviews with a wide range of people, including victims and witnesses.
  • Ability to produce high-quality written material under tight deadlines, excellent editing skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills and dynamic public speaking skills in English and either French or Arabic is required. Proficiency in all three languages, or other regional languages, is a plus.
  • Ability to identify and advise on strategies to conduct research and advocacy.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong political judgment based on regional knowledge and experience working in a politically sensitive environment.
  • Must be adept at setting priorities based on a perceptive analysis of critical emerging human rights issues in Tunisia and Algeria that Human Rights Watch can best address.
  • Ability to develop and implement realistic and effective local and international advocacy strategies and establish and maintain close relationships with government officials, policymakers, media contacts, civil society organizations and other key interlocutors.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW, as well as with external partners.
  • Must be highly self-motivated with strong initiative and follow-through, able to multi-task effectively, including having strong planning and organizing skills, and ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent situations.
  • Ability to carry out security assessments and analysis in order to inform Human Rights Watch research opportunities.
  • Strong management skills, including managing more junior research staff working on Tunisia and Algeria research. Management skills should also include incorporating stress and resilience techniques into your own work activities and those colleagues under researcher’s supervision.
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

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 March 31, 2020 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a letter of interest, CV/resume, and a brief unedited writing sample, 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 are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email 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 ability, 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.

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