Development & Outreach Department
(Paris Office)
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a temporary Consultant to provide professional event production services to the Development and Outreach department related to the Paris Annual dinner. The Consultant will report to both the Director and Associate of the Development and Outreach Unit in Paris.


1. Assisting the departmental Associate in the registration process including working with HRW’s Raiser’s Edge database, tracking RSVPs, donors and staff and creating accurate check-in lists;

2. Selecting, negotiating, liaising and supervising vendors and catering staff;

3. Managing all pre-production and logistics, including deliveries and onsite schedules;

4. Overseeing the recruitment and management volunteers before the event and onsite;

5. Overseeing onsite production on the day of the event as well as event breakdown;

6. Working with HRW staff to adhere to the agreed upon budget and timeline including negotiating offers that correspond to or are below the budget allocated;

7. Initiating regular event team meetings with HRW staff and organizing meetings with suppliers as needed; and

8. Assisting with post-event evaluation and other follow-up activities including supervising the breakdown of the event venue, thanking suppliers and volunteers (organizing a post-event activity at HRW’s office for volunteers), and providing all final invoices to HRW for payment.


Education:  Undergraduate degree in a related field is required.

Experience:  Minimum of two years of event planning experience is preferred.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Self‑motivated, extremely well-organized, collegial, and able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously. 

2. Solid related experience, demonstrated organizational skills, and strong computer skills. 

3. Able to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. 

4. Strong oral and written communications skills in English and French are required.

5. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is advantageous.

6. Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues.

Other: Applicants for this position must possess current French work authorization valid for the duration of the contract.

Contract duration: September 15, 2014 – December 12, 2014.  One to two days a week from September through October then full time the week of the event.

 Fee:  To be determined.

Contact: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, compensation requirements, and contact information for three references to Please use “Event Planner Consultant Ref DEV-14-1038-A” as the subject of your email. 

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.