Program Officer, Human Rights in Economic Policy & Sustainable Development at CESR

CESR applies human rights principles and standards to hold governments and private actors accountable for economic and social rights abuses resulting from unfair fiscal policies in the context of economic crisis, recession and fiscal austerity. CESR is also working to promote human rights-centered fiscal policy alternatives, especially in the implementation of sustainable development commitments on inequality and in situations of political transition. 

In these efforts, CESR partners with human rights and tax justice organizations working at all levels to analyze and uncover the links between fiscal policy, inequality and deprivations of economic and social rights in specific local and regional contexts; challenge unfair tax and budget processes and outcomes before national and international human rights bodies, and devise tools to help build evidence of unjust fiscal policies and associated human rights abuses more effectively.  To this end, CESR is seeking to recruit a highly-qualified Program Officer to contribute to the organization’s objectives in advancing human rights in economic and development policy. 

The Program Officer will support CESR’s Program Directors in the implementation of CESR’s program strategies on issues that cut across economics and human rights, such as tax justice or economic inequality. S/he will conduct innovative, multidisciplinary research and strategic advocacy, and will contribute to the development of practical tools to enhance human rights accountability in economic, fiscal and development policy.  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 Latin America and the Caribbean), as well as its work with partners at the national level.   


  • Assisting Program Directors in devising and implementing research and advocacy projects addressing issues relating to human rights in economic, fiscal and development policy;   
  • 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 interdisciplinary tools and methodologies for economic and social rights research;
  • Forging and maintaining excellent working relationships with human rights activists, progressive economists and development practitioners;
  • Undertaking training and skills-sharing activities relating to the application of human rights in 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 qualified professional with a track record of working across the fields of human rights and economics. 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 economics or a related field such as social science, development or international relations with a concentration in economics;
  • Around five years of experience working on issues cutting across human rights and economics, including economic and fiscal policy analysis from a human rights perspective;
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills, including significant experience in designing and implementing advocacy-oriented research;
  • Proven familiarity with quantitative research methods, including econometric tools 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 is highly desirable;  
  • Experience of working with allies and partners across various civil society sectors, including social movements, NGOs, 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 attend work-related meetings and events worldwide;
  • Knowledge of Latin America and experience of work in the region are highly valued;
  • Written and oral fluency in English is required; fluency in Spanish 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. 

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.

Job title: Program Officer, Human Rights in Economic Policy & Sustainable Development

Location: New York

Closing date: 31 March 2016