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Human Rights Watch: Coordinator, German Media, 6.9.

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Media Department
Berlin Office
Application Deadline: 6 September 2020

The Media Department and the Berlin Office of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) are seeking a highly motivated candidate to support our German language website, social, and multimedia. This is a great opportunity for a creative media professional who is enthusiastic about communicating human rights to both wider and targeted audiences to make our work more effective The Coordinator reports to the Germany Director, based in Berlin, and the Deputy Director of the Media Department, based in San Francisco.


1. Maintain HRW German language content online and develop innovative tools to boost HRW’s work and to contribute to important debates in Germany on social media;
2. Maintain and grow the German language presence in social media on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook – and podcasts;
3. Coordinate translation requests; ensure a smooth workflow with external translators; vet returned translations; translate urgent short documents (invitations, report blurbs, captions);
4. Update and maintain the HRW website in German, www.hrw.org/de,, post new articles to the website when required;
5. Work with the Multimedia division on photo essays and videos; receive and prepare footage to edit; subtitle footage and coordinate translation of content; assist with filming and editing videos using Premiere; assist with exports, footage requests, and distribution of final videos
6. Work with the campaigns team on the Germany angle of campaigns;
7. Maintain and update HRW’s media lists for German language media;
8. Analyze the German media market and HRW’s presence in the German media (including social media); assist in the creation of daily and monthly coverage reports and quarterly impact analyses; and
9. Perform other tasks as may be required


Education: A university education or equivalent in journalism, social sciences, international relations or relevant studies is preferred.
Experience: Two years of related work experience is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:
1. Exceptional oral and written communication skills in German and English, and translation experience;
2. Proven videography/television experience and editing skills are required;
3. Proven track record as a writer and/or editor is required; running social media accounts a plus;
4. Strong online/Microsoft Office skills required, experience with HTML and photo editing a plus;
5. Ability to express ideas clearly and logically is required. Ability to recognize editorial opportunities. Experience with translation workflows is a plus;
6. Ability and self-motivation to work in a fast-paced environment both independently and as a member of a team is required;
7. Flexibility in responding quickly to events as they occur and producing excellent written material under tight deadlines is required;
8. Experience working on a Content Management System (CMS), Drupal preferred, or publishing to a website a plus;
9. Experience with a wire service, newspaper, or online journalism site or other news organization is desirable;
10. A broad range of knowledge about human rights and international affairs is desirable.

Other: Current valid EU work authorization is required.

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

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by 6 September 2020 by visiting our online job portal at https://www.hrw.org/careers 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 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.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. 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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