Jobs and Internships

1. Two program officer positions available

Application deadline: March 31, 2016

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is an international NGO founded in 1993 to promote economic and social justice through the realization of human rights.  CESR undertakes rigorous, interdisciplinary research on economic and social rights issues across the globe, and advocates for reforms to unjust socioeconomic and development policies to bring these into line with human rights standards. CESR also develops innovative methods for monitoring and claiming economic and social rights, building civil society capacity to hold governments and others accountable for deprivations through a range of human rights mechanisms at the global and national levels.  Much of CESR's work is carried out in close collaboration with national partners, as well as with relevant regional and international organizations.

CESR currently has three program areas: Human Rights in Economic Policy, aimed at promoting human rights in contexts of economic crisis, recession and fiscal austerity; Human Rights in Development, aimed at securing human rights accountability in global development processes, including in countries in transition; and Rights Claiming and Accountability, aimed at strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations and human rights accountability bodies to monitor, demand and enforce economic and social rights.

CESR is seeking to recruit two qualified and experienced Program Officers to help advance the organization’s research and advocacy agenda. While both positions will contribute to CESR’s objectives across the three above-mentioned program areas, one will focus primarily on the intersections between economics and human rights while the other will focus on strategies for legal accountability and rights monitoring.

For detailed descriptions of each position, please click on the links below:

1. Program Officer: Human Rights in Economic Policy and Sustainable Development

2. Program Officer: Rights Claiming and Accountability

Location of posts:

Both positions are based in CESR’s offices in New York. CESR offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience, and reflecting best practice in the sector.

How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, an original writing sample (preferably in English) and the names and contact information of two references to  Please indicate in the subject line of your message and cover letter the position you are applying for (Program Officer: Human Rights in Economic Policy and Sustainable Development or Program Officer: Rights Claiming and Accountability)

Applications should be received no later than March 31, 2016.  Because of the anticipated volume of applications, we regret that we are unable to answer individual queries in relation to posts or on the progress of individual applications.

CESR is an equal opportunity employer committed to equality and non-discrimination in the workplace and in its hiring practices.  It actively seeks to strengthen the diversity of backgrounds and approaches in its staff team. Candidates from the global south and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.


2. Graduate Research Internships (unpaid)

General Information

CESR takes graduate research interns in Spring Semester (January – April); over summer (May – August); and Fall Semester (September – December). Our interns generally work part-time over the Spring and Fall semesters and full-time over the summer. Although we are eager to negotiate a relatively consistent schedule, days and hours of work are flexible. Interns are based at CESR’s New York office. Arrangements for off-site internships may be considered for particularly well-qualified candidates.

Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and specific qualifications to Please indicate "Graduate-Level Internship" in your application. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the date specified above (see current openings). Early applications are strongly encouraged! Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Intern responsibilities

Interns contribute substantively to the Center’s work in one or more of program areas. In particular, interns carry out research that analyzes trends in global policy. They also contribute to the Center’s research documenting deprivations of economic and social rights in specific countries contexts; this interdisciplinary research deploys social science and statistical methods alongside traditional techniques of human rights reporting, such as legal analysis and narrative testimony. Interns are also involved in preparing reports and other advocacy materials based on the findings of such research, to present to relevant institutions at the national, regional and United Nations level. As a small NGO, the Center has established robust partnerships with national, regional and international organizations that allow for mutual exchange of expertise. Interns may also interact with our partners, including by attending meetings and workshops, preparing or delivering presentations, authoring blogs posts and opinion pieces, etc.



  • Recently completed, or in pursuit of a law or graduate degree in a related field, especially human rights and/or international development;
  • Consistent attention to detail;
  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in English;
  • Strong writing and communication skills, including an ability to clearly explain complex technical issues in an accessible language and synthesize and evaluate data;
  • Knowledge of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights;
  • Experience in conducting research, both quantitative and qualitative;
  • Capacity to work independently.

Highly desirable

  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in Spanish or Arabic;
  • Background knowledge on human rights monitoring methodologies;
  • Background knowledge of applied macroeconomics and statistics;
  • Experience with communications for social justice;
  • Experience developing online resources and/or familiarity with interactive web-based or other technologies for use in social justice advocacy, such as wikis, video and audio podcasts, social networking sites, etc.
  • Familiarity with resource centers and databases, especially on socio-economic and development data from various international agencies and trusted sources.


3. Post-graduate Fellowships

CESR periodically hosts post-graduate fellows who have been awarded funding from their university. Often, fellows will focus on a specific project, defined in consultation with CESR and their university. We do not have a formal application process for fellows. To inquire about working with us as a post-graduate fellow, please email