Careers and Internships at PHR | Advocacy Coordinator

Advocacy Coordinator

Position Summary

For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. PHR, which shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work to end the scourge of landmines, is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are very excited to be recruiting committed activists with a passion for human rights.

PHR has developed an ambitious plan to expand its global advocacy capacity by launching a new advocacy department. A strong priority for this department is to continue building a global movement of health professionals to support human rights. Through this movement, PHR’s advocacy team will develop and implement creative strategies for achieving policy recommendations across a spectrum of PHR’s human rights program areas, both nationally and internationally, in the specific countries in which PHR works.

The advocacy coordinator will support PHR’s initiatives to identify, promote, and address human rights issues globally by helping to develop and implement PHR’s advocacy work, complementing and building on research and investigations, training, and capacity development programs. The coordinator will help mobilize and leverage the influence of physicians and other health professionals, forensic scientists and other allied professionals and constituents worldwide to advance human rights. 

Reports to: Director of Advocacy

Location: New York City


Under the guidance of the advocacy director: 

• Support the development and implementation of PHR’s advocacy strategies and campaigns, complementing and building on PHR’s programmatic work and identifying opportunities to deploy medical expertise and voices.

• Develop and maintain partnerships and regular communication with a range of professional associations and human rights organizations for joint advocacy initiatives on specific programs and projects.

• Draft op-eds, press releases, briefing memos, statements, testimony, and other materials to disseminate our research findings and policy recommendations for addressing human rights abuses.

• Engage with PHR’s expert advocates and create regular communications to keep them informed and mobilized strategically.

• Help prepare for PHR meetings with government and UN officials, the NGO community, and health worker networks and associations. 

• Monitor policy and related developments pertaining to PHR’s programs and expertise and identify opportunities where PHR can act – alone or in alliance with others – to strengthen human rights policy and practice.

• Assist in developing campaign strategies, messaging, outreach, and implementation of advocacy initiatives.

• Contribute to the development of policy recommendations and associated advocacy in support of PHR research reports implicating human rights and medical ethics frameworks and obligations.

• Provide subject matter input and materials to the PHR development staff that are necessary to draft grant proposals and grant reports for program funders.

• Publish and edit high-quality content, including petitions, correspondence, research briefs, and other constituency-building communications.


• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

• At least two to four years of relevant work experience in a professional setting; advocacy and/or international human rights/public health content experience preferred.

• Commitment to human rights with international experience and cultural sensitivity strongly preferred. 

• Knowledge of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and the workings of government, human rights bodies, NGOs, and professional movements strongly preferred.


• Excellent written and oral communication, editing, and database skills. Proficiency in French or Arabic an advantage.

• Strong interpersonal and external stakeholder relationship management skills, including experience planning, convening, and facilitating workshops, meetings, and advocacy initiatives.

• Adept at explaining verbally and in writing complex technical subjects clearly, compellingly, and respectfully to non-specialist audiences, including policymakers, the public, and specialists in non-technical fields.

• Energetic self-starter with the ability to anticipate upcoming needs with attention to detail and follow-through, able to work effectively under pressure and to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Strong commitment to the mission and goals of PHR.

Salary and Benefits 

This is a full-time position located in New York City. Salary is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.

How to Apply

Please email cover letter (with salary requirement) and resume to Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Please indicate where you saw this job posting in your cover letter.

Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff.