Egypt Researcher

Democracy for the Arab World Now (“DAWN”) is seeking a highly qualified applicant for the position of Egypt Researcher who will focus on investigating, analyzing, and advocating against human rights abuses in Egypt, with a focus on political prisoners in the country. The position reports to the Program Director of DAWN and will be preferably based in Washington DC, but other locations may be considered.


  1. Research, monitor, and document human rights abuses by collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources including governments, companies, local media, NGOs, victims, witnesses, journalists, diplomats, security forces and others in the field;
  2. Write and publicize accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, and timely materials (often including images, audio, video, data analysis, and/or online tools) that include policy recommendations intended to contribute to ending human rights abuses;
  3. Write op-eds, press releases, briefing memos, submissions to international bodies, statements, testimony, and other materials in order to disseminate our research findings and policy recommendations;
  4. Assist in the development and implementation of local, regional, and international strategies to change abusive laws, policies, and practices in Egypt;
  5. Respond promptly to queries from the media, public, and colleagues in the human rights community and take initiative to project human rights concerns in public debate;
  6. Place abuses within the broader political, social and economic contexts and present human rights concerns to government officials, opinion leaders, inter-governmental agencies, company representatives, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and the media;
  7. Assist the Executive Director and Development Director in conducting fundraising;
  8. Work closely with partner organizations to develop opportunities for our work to enhance and complement their own work;
  9. Liaise effectively with DAWN staff to ensure effective coordination and delivery of activities;
  10. Be prepared and willing to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events;
  11. Travel domestically and overseas, as required, to conduct fact-finding missions and advocacy;
  12. Deliver outputs in a timely manner and be consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the Division; and
  13. Carry out any other duties as required.

Education: An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences, or commensurate experience is required.

Experience: Minimum four years of relevant experience in the Middle East and North Africa is required. Relevant experience may include among other things, work as a journalist, field-based researcher, investigator, academic, or attorney on issues related to human rights; research and advocacy for nonprofit organizations; or work in government and international organizations on human rights or related issues.

Salary and Benefits: DAWN seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. DAWN will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

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