Director of Programs

Physicians for Human Rights

Posted: 11/18/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Healthcare

City: New York

Postal code: 10018

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize, is a U.S.-based nonprofit working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law to end human suffering, save lives, and secure justice and universal human rights for all.  With a global network of thousands of medical, legal, and scientific experts, PHR uses the power of forensic expertise to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses protect survivors, and promote justice.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians from differing backgrounds, compelled by first-hand experiences with human suffering in the United States and abroad, and united in the belief that health professionals with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights.  Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy.  Individually and in concert with other groups, PHR continues to provide the medical and scientific facts about human rights abuses that bolster the legal and moral imperatives to alleviate human suffering, uphold human dignity, and save lives.

The Director of Programs will directly supervise PHR’s directors of research and investigations, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, asylum and advocacy units, and medical director (co-report with executive director).  Together with this team, the Director of Programs will lead and shape programming that uncovers evidence of human rights abuses, provides training and capacity development for on the ground partners, and empowers a growing network of health professionals to become advocates for human rights as an extension of their work.

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While no one candidate will possess all the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

At least 10years of progressive management experience in thehuman rights, humanitarian, public health, and/or legaladvocacyfields, with a demonstrated ability to lead and inspireteams in multiple global locations, and to manage resources andbudgets;

A record of success drivingeffective, integrated, and research-basedhuman rights programming, including medical, scientific, public health,and/or forensic research andadvocacywith a strong understanding of scientific research methods;Demonstrated success navigating fast-paced, rapidly changingfieldenvironments; experience creating strategies, programs, and infrastructure that can maintain consistency while being innovative and responsive to circumstances unfolding in the field;

A deep commitment to advancing human rights and the communities affected by social injustice and human rights abuses; an understanding of theopportunities for advocacy in theinternational human rights landscape and how to leverage PHR’s unique space at the intersection of medicine, law,and human rights;

Experience with and enthusiasm for mentorship and staff development; ability to instill teamswith a sense of shared commitment and purpose; demonstrated commitment to responsive, accountable leadership and the ability to inculcate those values into the team;

Experience in senior leadership anddemonstrated success collaborating witha chief executive to inform and implement organization-wide strategy and systemic change;

Exceptionalcommunication skills includingcompelling public speaking and persuasive writing skills,andthe ability to defend and explain complex issues to broad audiences, including the media, senior officials, intergovernmental bodies, anddonors; fluency in using digital tools, including social media, to engage audiences ispreferred;

Familiaritywithorganizationalfundraisingstrategies;abilitytounderstand strategic opportunities and to developthecaseforsupportforcomplex and long-term programinitiatives;

Anadvanced degree in public health, medicine, international relations, international law, social sciences, or other relevant field is preferred; and

A willingness to travel as needed, sometimes internationally onshort notice


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

This search is being conducted by Allison Kupfer Poteet, Linh Nguyen, and Melinda Hull of the national search firm NPAG.  Nominations and applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume (in Word or PDF format) should be submitted to: [email protected].  In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer.  We recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.


Posted By: Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group


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