HURIDOCS is seeking our next Executive Director

HURIDOCS is seeking an Executive Director who will work closely with our Board to take the organisaton into the next stage of development.


HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems) was founded 40 years ago to help human rights groups gather, organise and use information to create positive change in the world.

We are a team of documentation specialists, researchers and software developers, united by our belief in the power of accurate, accessible information and our commitment to human rights. We develop tools and strategies that make evidence, law and research more accessible to those who promote and protect human rights. We collaborate with local activist groups, national human rights institutions, large international NGOs and many organisations in between. Beyond their shared commitment to dignity and freedom, our partners have an important thing in common: they achieve greater impact when the information they need is easy to access, navigate and understand.

Our goal now is to build on the successes of the past 40 years, but also to reflect on how we can have more impact, contribute to a healthy ecosystem to sustain this work and continue to learn. We are at an exciting point in our evolution, having diversified and expanded our staff to the largest in the organisation’s history. HURIDOCS has supported projects in more than 100 countries, and more than 150 organisations now use our flagship open-source database application, Uwazi, to manage large collections of evidence, cases, complaints, and other human rights materials. Uwazi is a designated digital public good and has been recognised through the Google AI Impact Challenge, among other accolades.

Appointment of Executive Director

We are now seeking an Executive Director who will work closely with our Board to take HURIDOCS into the next stage of development; to lead in shaping a vibrant and sustainable future for the organisation and ensuring that HURIDOCS will deliver on its strategic objectives. The Executive Director will continue to foster strategic growth and show the agility required to respond to the ever-increasing demand for our support and elevate the entire organisation to increase impact for our partners.

You will be a values-led, compassionate and inspirational senior leader, with a demonstrable commitment to human rights and social justice and a genuine affinity for information technology. You will bring strategic leadership and management experience across dynamic organisations, and experience in empowering a dispersed, multicultural and high-performing team. You will be adept at resource mobilisation, bringing a track record of securing funding from a range of sources, and you will have proven experience of representing an organisation externally with a variety of stakeholders and in a range of fora.

Candidate brochure

The candidate brochure contains more details about key accountabilities, skills, attributes and competencies.

We are a globally distributed, remote workforce; this is a full-time position, with location preference in Geneva, Switzerland. At this time, we operate a small office from Geneva but the majority of our team members are working entirely remotely. Typically, we are only able to consider applicants who can already legally work in the country from which they wish to be based.

The salary is competitive within the sector, and dependent on location and experience. 

HURIDOCS operates a salary localisation policy using a combination of regularly reviewed FX and local salary adjustment multipliers. Based on current rates, gross salaries for some of our current locations are given as an example: Barcelona, Spain: EUR 88,000 – 103,000, Geneva, Switzerland: CHF 144,000 – 168,000, New York City, USA: USD 158,000 – 185,000, Pretoria, South Africa: USD 73,000 – 86,000, Quito, Ecuador: USD 73,000 – 86,000, Seoul, South Korea: USD 112,000 – 132,000.

Appointment process and how to apply

To apply please send a CV along with a covering letter to quoting reference 6218.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6th January 2023 at 09:00am CET.

We welcome diversity and do not discriminate on any basis, including age, gender identity, nationality or sexual orientation. Our team consists of parents and non-parents, self-taught and degree educated. We seek to create a supportive working environment based around the following values: be honest, transparent and dependable; practice appreciation, well-being, compassion and care; and pursue growth and learning.

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