Jobs and Internships

Application Deadline: December 20, 2018
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, it advocates for reforms to unjust socio-economic and development policies to bring these in line with human rights standards. CESR also develops cutting-edge methods for monitoring and claiming these rights, supports civil society to hold governments and others accountable for deprivations through a range of human rights mechanisms at the global and national levels. CESR works in close collaboration with national partners and relevant regional and international organizations. 
CESR is seeking to recruit an innovative and experienced professional to lead the work on social policy as part of the Human Rights in Economic and Social Policy program. S/he will conduct innovative, multidisciplinary research and strategic advocacy particularly relating to issues such as global social policy (including social protection, health and education), sustainable development and labor rights. S/he will also contribute to the development of practical tools to enhance human rights accountability in social and economic policy and will also be involved in cross programmatic projects. The Program Officer’s role will be global in scope, but s/he is expected to devote a significant amount of time implementing CESR’s regional strategies (particularly in Africa and Asia), as well as its work with partners at the national level. This position reports to the Director of the Human Rights in Economic and Social Policy program.  
  • Assisting the Director of the Human Rights in Economic and Social Policy program in devising and implementing research and advocacy projects to advance this program’s objectives;   
  • Using qualitative and quantitative field and desk-based research methods to investigate, analyze and document patterns of economic and social rights violations; 
  • Producing authoritative and compelling reports on selected countries and themes, as well as other research, advocacy, communications and training materials;
  • Contributing to the development of effective inter-disciplinary tools and methodologies for economic and social rights research;
  • Forging and maintaining excellent working relationships with human rights activists, development practitioners, social policy analysts and other allies; 
  • Undertaking training and skills-sharing activities relating to the application of human rights in social, economic and development policy;
  • Supervising the work of consultants and interns, ensuring conformity with rigorous standards of quality and objectivity. 
CESR is seeking an experienced and innovative professional with a track record of working across the fields of human rights and social policy. S/he should combine strong research and policy analysis skills with a proven commitment to advocacy for policy change. The ideal candidate will have: 
  • A Masters degree or higher in human rights or other relevant field, such as social and political science, development, economics or international relations (ideally with a concentration in social policy); 
  • At least five years of experience working on issues cutting across human rights, social and economic policy (with a focus in areas such as labor and wage policy, social protection and/or global development being highly desirable); 
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills, including significant experience in designing and implementing advocacy-oriented research and policy analysis;
  • Experience in quantitative research methods and statistical data visualization; 
  • A portfolio of written work demonstrating experience in producing innovative research outputs, policy briefs and advocacy; 
  • Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of international human rights law;  
  • Experience working with allies and partners across various civil society sectors, including social movements, NGOs, unions, academic institutions, policy makers, UN agencies and others; 
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team, under pressure and to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to travel to undertake field research and to attend work-related meetings and events worldwide; 
  • Knowledge and experience of work in Africa or Asia-Pacific regions are highly desirable;
  • Written and oral fluency in English is required; fluency in other major languages such as French, Spanish or Arabic is highly desirable.
This position is 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.
To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, an original writing sample (in English) and the names and contact information of two references to no later than December 20, 2018.  Please indicate in the subject line of your message and cover letter the position you are applying for: “Program Officer”. 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.
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