We are a global human rights organization, a collective of passionate human rights activists with (mostly remote) team members all over the world. WITNESS’ mission is to help people use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. We are a 40-person multi-disciplinary team with staff based across 5 continents. While we’re legally a non-profit that is registered as a 501(c)3 in the U.S, we are a global collective: our staff members (as well as consultants, interns, fellows and a vast community of partners and collaborators) are based around the world and reflect a group of activists with diverse skills and backgrounds.
WHAT WE DO
WITNESS pairs grassroots community support with advocacy at a systems level. Our team works holistically on a global scale to understand how communities are using and want to use video and technology for human rights. With a cellphone camera, anyone can become a human rights defender and expose injustice, making it harder for perpetrators to hide or for systems of oppression to remain invisible. But using video for community organizing, justice and accountability can be dangerous – videos can put defenders (or those they film) at risk, can be used against communities in court or deceitfully discredited by tired old power narratives. Filming is almost never enough – for videos to make a difference they need to work alongside strong advocacy or legal strategies; they also need to be created, preserved and shared in ways that avoid creating more harm or trauma.
New threats to human rights are emerging at the intersection of artificial intelligence, misinformation and disinformation and a global wave of rising authoritarianism.
When it comes to systemic challenges we are on the watch for both existing problems – like how large amounts of critical human rights footage are lost because of the arbitrary decisions of platforms – but also emerging threats and opportunities, such as those posed by ‘deepfakes’, new ways to manipulate media to make it look like someone said or did something they never did.
WITNESS 2021 Year in Review
The Program Coordinator, Video As Evidence supports WITNESS’ thematic area of work on video evidence and its use with a goal to address impunity for human rights abuses through a range of legal and advocacy systems. They work closely with the Legal Lead, Video As Evidence and collaborate with relevant stakeholders from across the globe to help guide and contribute to spaces where community-based visual evidence can be used and relied upon to promote justice and human rights. They will do this by: engaging with and supporting WITNESS’ Collaborate For Impact projects, implementing organizational Learning & Sharing methodology, helping to develop international peer-reviewed guidance, sharing resources and thought leadership to key audiences, conducting trainings, and administering the Program’s community of practice.
Engage and maintain WITNESS’ trusted network of human rights stakeholders in law
Support program team with monitoring and sharing developments from communities, partners and allies
Pursue professional development and monitor advancements in the legal field including but not limited to: visual phone/drone/satellite evidence, 3D modeling and event reconstruction, OSINT, and presentation strategy.
Collaborate For Impact
Provide timely input, expertise, and programmatic support to projects leads and partnered communities
Synthesize and share learnings related to visual evidence from surge responses, projects, and systems-level engagements
Foster the program team’s knowledge and understanding of visual evidence tools, guidance, and resources through internal presentations and trainings
Coordinate and administer the Program’s community of practice
Organize, develop, and facilitate visual evidence trainings for human rights documenters, community advocates, journalists, paralegals and lawyers
Develop, adapt, and update the Program’s peer-reviewed resources and training materials
Provide direction and support to regional program teams in the process of creating video, audio, text, interactive, and multimedia derivatives of the Program’s resources
Monitor and grow the reach of the Program’s resources through online and offline engagement
Support the WITNESS’ thought-leadership in the field of human rights and visual evidence
Implement strategies for sharing cross-organizational thought-leadership to legal stakeholders through website publications, social media, and with the press
Represent WITNESS at relevant gatherings on issues related to the capture, analysis, presentation, and use of visual evidence and open-source investigations
Support and adhere to: WITNESS’ Monitoring and Evaluation methodology for internal sharing, financial reporting, travel security assessments, and fundraising activities
Other administrative tasks as needed.
*NOTE: WITNESS does not have a large dedicated admin team and the expectation is that all team-members will contribute to administrative work around programmatic activities.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Work Experience: A minimum of 2-4 years’ experience working directly with evidence and visual documentation of human rights abuses; established experience collaborating with grassroots communities.
Education/Professional qualification: A law degree or paralegal certification.
Expertise: Foundational knowledge of international criminal, human rights, and environmental law; solid grasp of the rules of evidence; established understanding and commitment to human rights standards and principles
Training: Experience training in a variety of teaching contexts
Guidance & Publication: Experience researching, drafting, and sharing of peer-reviewed legal guidance
Communication: Persuasive, cross-cultural, and clear communicator for communities, NGOs, and legal professionals.
Language: We are a global team who use English as our shared language, as such this role requires a high proficiency of written and spoken English.
Work Style: Demonstrates the ability to motivate and shepherd projects across internal and external teams; strong administrative and organizational skills; superb attention to detail; dedication to open and inclusive collaboration; proactive problem-solver; takes initiative and follows through; understanding of the importance of applying decolonial, gender, and access-to-justice framing to human rights work.
Location, Travel & Flexibility: We are a globally distributed, remote workforce; this is a full-time position, the location is flexible provided some overlap of working hours with the rest of the team can be ensured. At this time, our team members are working through hybrid office arrangements, combining remote at-home work with intermittent use of offices and/or co-working spaces.
Typically, we can only consider applicants who are already legally able to work in the country in which the role is based. Visa sponsorship or relocation allowance are rare, and offered only for specialized positions. The successful candidate must have the legal right-to-work in the location in which they will be based.
The ideal candidate should be comfortable with taking an occasional early morning or later evening call, in addition to undertaking limited international travel
Tech/Systems: Strong digital skills including point-of-capture evidentiary apps, metadata and content analysis tools, writing software, and legal research platforms
Additional Expertise: Specialization in climate justice and law; experience with open-source investigations
Additional Languages: Fluency – written and spoken – in one or more of the following languages: Spanish, French, Arabic and/or Portuguese. Ability to work comfortably with other languages using automated translation tools and fluency in additional languages are a plus.
International Experience: Experience working and living internationally and with a variety of cultures
Online Platforms: Experience with publishing and tracking content on websites and social media platforms
Video Technology: Understanding of the current state of existing good practice and emerging technology relating to open source video investigations, remote sensing technology, AI and 3D visuals.
Compensation: WITNESS operates a salary localization policy using a combination of regularly reviewed FX and salary adjustment multipliers for location.
Based on current rates, gross salaries for some of our current locations are given as an example:
New York City – USD 55,100
Brazil – BRL 193,450
Malaysia – MYR 190,800
Health: WITNESS also offers competitive and robust medical benefits that cover an individual’s medical, dental and vision at 100% and covers a % of the individual’s dependents.
Life Insurance & AD & D: WITNESS provides life insurance and AD&D payable at one time (1x) the employee’s salary, to the beneficiary, in the event an employee were to expire while employed by the organization.
Remote Work Stipend: WITNESS recognizes that flexible working arrangements are key to equity and inclusion in the workplace and we provide a $175 USD monthly remote work allowance, we are happy to talk about the type of flexible arrangements that might work best for you. This remote work stipend is provided to all staff members to pay for extra equipment, electricity, stationery, internet, wellness, or whatever an employee deems necessary in order to work remotely. Please note that a computer and basic accessories are provided to all employees at the time of hire.
Pension Contributions: After 1 year of service at the organization, WITNESS will contribute 3% of an individual’s gross salary towards a global retirement fund.
Paid Time Off: WITNESS has a range of paid time off types that support our staff.
Vacation leave: that meets local statutory levels or 15 days whichever is higher, in addition to staff’s local public holidays.
The vacation allowance increases by 5 days to 20 days after 3 years of service.
Personal / Wellness leave: 5 days staff can use at any time to recharge in recognition of the importance of supporting positive mental well being.
End of Year closure: which usually is equivalent to a minimum of 5 days leave in addition to any public holidays across the last week of December and early January.
Sick Leave: follows local statutory guidance however;
WITNESS ensures a minimum of 10 days paid time off for occasional sickness and health related absences.
A minimum of 6 weeks of full pay in instances of longer term absence.
Sabbatical Leave: At the 10 year mark we offer staff 10 weeks of paid time off in order to take a break, gain new insights and expand their horizons.
Work/ Life Balance: WITNESS believes in creating a healthy work environment in which flexible schedules are available, we also understand that sometimes an employee may just require a few hours to take care of personal issues in which case they can adjust their hours to make up for the time instead of taking a full day of leave. Both are allowable once agreed upon with the departmental supervisors.
Mental Health Policy: WITNESS feels that all employees should feel supported both physically as well as mentally while they are at work and realizes that many times the issues that we deal with, the materials that we watch and the events surrounding some of the work that we do, can lead to feeling “unwell” and not in a “good space”.
Should a situation arise in which an Employee requests support on mental health, WITNESS will award (10) days of “WITNESS” paid leave.
Professional Development: In support of the growth and development of our staff, WITNESS regularly seeks opportunities for professional development, exposure to new skills and supports a culture of learning.
As part of this we offer staff Reading Days (1 day per month) where staff can take a day to read, study and connect more deeply with peers, partners and colleagues to further functional knowledge relevant to their role or deepen their general understanding and ability to support human rights work.
Legal Lead, Video As Evidence (supervisor)
Global Digital Engagement Manager
Regional Communications Coordinators
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in joining the WITNESS team, please apply through BambooHR. You will need to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references.
We are interested in hearing about what you’ve done, what you can do, and what you want to do at WITNESS.
Please include a cover letter. We are interested in hearing about what you’ve done, what you can do, and what you want to do at WITNESS.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; early applications encouraged. Please note that due to the volume anticipated, we will not be able to respond individually to each applicant. We kindly ask that you do not send duplicate applications via mail or email, and no phone calls.
WITNESS is a global human rights organization and aims to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the communities we work with. We are interested in building a talented team that brings their true selves with diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives. We are interested in receiving applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented.
WITNESS is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, genders, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, and individuals protected by any other statuses under international federal, state or local laws, including but not limited to, disability, marital, domestic partnership, familial, caregiver, transgender, military or veteran statuses, are encouraged to apply.