Human Rights Watch is advertising for a Legal Director to head its International Legal and Policy Office. The job description involves advancing the development of international human rights and humanitarian law through progressive interpretation and standard-setting.

HRW is also seeking a researcher on Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The advert stresses that candidates must be “able to dispassionately investigate and report on abuses by both Israeli and Palestinian forces without prejudice or favor and despite the intense pressure for partisanship or solidarity that suffuses work on Israeli-Palestinian issues.” The job description requires “excellent skills speaking and reading in both English and Arabic,” but “proficiency in Hebrew is [only] very desirable”.

Given HRW’s history of selecting candidates with strong anti-Israel bias, NGO Monitor will closely scrutinize this selection process.