Program Officer, Accountability & Rights Monitoring at CESR

CESR is a pioneer in the field of economic and social rights monitoring and accountability.  Its methods and tools have contributed to a broader understanding of how policy deficits contribute to poverty, inequality and human rights deprivations in health, education, housing and other essential rights. Its interdisciplinary approach to policy monitoring has reshaped the way in which human rights evidence is collected for the purposes of demanding accountability at the national, regional and global levels. CESR is seeking to recruit a highly-qualified Program Officer to contribute to the organization’s goal of strengthening economic and social rights monitoring and accountability. 

The Program Officer will support CESR’s Program Directors in the implementation of CESR’s program strategies aimed at making effective use of human rights accountability mechanisms to claim and enforce economic and social rights. S/he will conduct innovative, multidisciplinary research and strategic advocacy on issues relating to economic and social rights accountability, designing and applying practical tools for monitoring economic and social rights using advances in technology and data so as to enhance accountability at the local, national, regional and global levels. While the Program Officer will work with national or international partners across various regions, s/he is expected to work more intensively with partners in the Africa and Middle East-North Africa regions. 


  • Assisting Program Directors in devising and implementing research and advocacy projects addressing issues relating to economic and social rights accountability, monitoring and enforcement;
  • 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;
  • Keeping abreast of cutting-edge developments in legal and social accountability, as well as trends in technology and data influencing evidence-gathering on economic and social rights;
  • Contributing to the development of effective interdisciplinary tools and methodologies for evidence-gathering and human rights monitoring;
  • Forging and maintaining excellent working relationships with human rights activists, social movements, academics and other relevant practitioners;
  • Developing training, capacity-building and skills-sharing materials and activities;
  • Supervising the work of consultants and interns, ensuring conformity with rigorous standards of quality and independence.


CESR is seeking an experienced and qualified professional with a track record of work on economic and social rights accountability, preferably with an interdisciplinary background. S/he should combine strong knowledge of the human rights legal framework, and skills in research and policy analysis with a proven commitment to advocacy for policy change.  The ideal candidate will have: 

  • A master’s degree or higher in international human rights law, or a closely related field;
  • Around five years of research and advocacy experience developing accountability strategies (i.e. litigation, documentation and policy monitoring) from a human rights perspective;
  • Firm knowledge of the theory and practice of international human rights law and its application to socio-economic policy and accountability processes;  
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills, including experience in designing and implementing advocacy–oriented research;  
  • A portfolio of written work demonstrating experience in producing timely and effective research, policy and advocacy documents on relevant economic and social rights issues at the national, regional or international level;
  • Familiarity with trends in social accountability tools and the use of data technology in human rights monitoring is desirable;
  • Experience of working with allies and partners across various civil society sectors such as social movements, human rights advocates, NGOs, academic institutions, policymakers, 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 attend work-related meetings and events worldwide;
  • Written and oral fluency in English is required; fluency in other major languages is 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. 

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.

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.

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Location: New York

Closing date: 31 March 2016