When an issue is created, I want to be able to configure a specific user to be added to the watcher list automatically so that he/she can always follow-up/know about the changes on the issues for a particular project(s).
You would need an add-on for it (Adaptivist Scriptrunner, Power Scripts etc). What add-on to choose depends on your Jira version (Server or Cloud). You could create your own post-function and put it to the create issue transition. For example, suppose you are on Jira Server/Data Center and you have Power Scripts, the code of your post-function would look like this:
%key%.watchers = getUser("YourUserName");
You can find more info about Power Scripts here:
Alexey's answer is a perfect response to the literal asked question.
However, the most correct approach for receiving notifications about all issues in a specific project wouldn't be adding those users automatically as watchers to every issue.
The recommended solution is achieveable with no addons, by following these general steps:
Note that those users also need to be able to see the project's issues in order to be notified of changes happening in them.
Hope it helps.
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