Full-time Job Opening: Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD)—Researcher

Comments Off on Full-time Job Opening: Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD)—Researcher
Full-time Job Opening: Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD)—Researcher

The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) (https://www.nchrd.org), a small non-profit organization that monitors human rights developments in China, is hiring a full-time Researcher.


Education:  At a minimum, a Master’s degree, with a specialty in international relations, journalism, law, Asian Studies, or related areas, is required.

Experience: Minimum five years experience conducting investigative research into, and in-depth reporting on, the human rights situation in China is required. Familiarity with international human rights instruments is essential.

Required Skills and Knowledge: 

– Ability to conduct investigative research for, and write and produce reports on, topics and developments in the area of human rights in China; ability to identify and critically examine emerging trends, and the capacity to initiate, plan, and execute new research projects.

– Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Mandarin Chinese.

– Fluent or near native ability in reading, comprehension, and writing skills in Mandarin. .

– Strong planning and organizational skills and ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team under tight deadlines.

– Demonstrated media outreach skills and use of social media to further advocacy goals.

– Strong attention to detail.

– Experience with using digital security tools and navigating digital risks.


–  Conducting research, monitoring, verifying information, and documenting human rights developments in China by collecting and analyzing information from relevant sources;

– Drafting and editing English and Chinese language reports, news briefings, case files, press releases, and other publications;

– Conducting outreach to and responding promptly to queries from the media, human rights monitoring bodies, other human rights NGOs, diplomats, and other stakeholders;

– Strictly complying with confidentiality, privacy, and “Do No Harm” principles with respect to sources and partners working under risky conditions;

– Working flexible hours, managing multiple deadlines, and handling emerging developments with colleagues in different time zones;

– Traveling internationally, as required, to conduct advocacy or assist with capacity-building trainings;

– Carrying out any other duties as required, such as translation, and other research-related or administrative tasks.


This is a two-year position, with the opportunity for renewal.

Compensation: $65K-$75K USD/year, depending on experience, with an additional benefits package.

Contact: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample of a recent research report that the applicant authored, in English, and contact information for three references to: contact@nchrd.org

Application deadline: May 30, 2024

We will only review completed applications and will only contact shortlisted candidates. 

CHRD does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. CHRD is an equal opportunity employer. 

Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) is a network of Chinese and international activists promoting human rights and empowering rights defenders in China. A non-governmental organization, CHRD provides capacity building services to human rights advocates, monitors human rights developments, and assists victims of human rights abuses. CHRD advocates for the peaceful realization of human rights protection through democratization and rule of law reform.

Back to Top