Program Officer (2 positions) at Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)

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 (economics and human rights)
  2. Program Officer (accountability and rights monitoring)

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 [email protected].  Please indicate in the subject line of your message and cover letter the position you are applying for: Program Officer (economics and human rights) or Program Officer (accountability and rights monitoring)

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.

For more information about CESR, please see

Job title: Program Officer (2 positions)

Location: New York

Closing date: 31 March 2016