F/T Position Available:


Asia Division

(Hong Kong base preferred)

Apply Immediately

Since its founding in 1978, Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) has become the largest U.S.-based 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 of the U.S., other influential governments, and international institutions.

Description: The Researcher will monitor, document and investigate human rights developments in China in order to publicize and curtail human rights abuses through writing and advocacy. A Hong Kong base is strongly preferred. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, conducting fact-finding trips to the country; collecting and analyzing information on human rights developments from a wide variety of sources including the local media, NGOs, journalists, diplomats and others in the field; writing reports, briefing memos, letters, op-eds, newsletters, articles and press releases, as well as submissions to international bodies, on human rights concerns in China; developing local and international advocacy strategies for improving respect for human rights in China to be directed at government bodies in China, the region and the international community as well as intergovernmental organizations and international institutions; responding promptly to queries from the international press, the public and colleagues in the human rights community; and working closely with Chinese colleagues to ensure that the work of HRW in China complements and enhances their own work without jeopardizing their security.

Qualifications: The successful applicant must have strong research and documentation skills and the ability to produce excellent written material under tight deadlines. S/he must also be flexible and able to respond quickly to human rights developments as they may occur. An advanced degree in international relations, journalism, law or the social sciences, and/or extensive experience in human rights work is required. Candidates should have a background in human rights concerns in China. Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and Mandarin are essential. Experience living or working in the region is also an asset. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, well organized, able to work quickly and well under pressure, both independently and as a member of a team, and demonstrate a commitment to international human rights.

Salary and Benefits: Human Rights Watch seeks exceptional candidates and offers competitive compensation and generous employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization.


PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing together a letter of interest, resume, references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) to prudhoj@hrw.org. Please use “Researcher on China Application” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. If emailing is not possible, mail materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:

Human Rights Watch,

Attn: Search Committee (China Researcher)

350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor

New York, New York, 10118 USA

Fax: 212-731-1300

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.