Careers and Internships at PHR | Advocacy Coordinator

Advocacy Coordinator

PHR has developed an ambitious plan to expand its global advocacy capacity by launching a new advocacy department. As part of its new strategic plan, PHR has prioritized building a global movement of health professionals to support human rights.  As a core component of this effort, over the next three years, PHR will strengthen its impact by launching one or more global “campaigns.”  Among advocacy efforts, PHR will advocate to protect health workers and facilities increasingly targeted in conflicts and during civil unrest; respond to instances where health professionals participate or are complicit in human rights abuses and violate their oaths to “do no harm;” build a movement of resistance and change practices within the medical community; and develop and implement creative strategies for achieving policy recommendations across a spectrum of PHR’s human rights program areas, nationally and internationally in the specific countries in which PHR works.

Located in New York City and reporting to the Director of Advocacy, the Advocacy Coordinator will contribute to the development, administration and implementation of PHR’s advocacy work to that builds on and connects to our research and investigations, training and capacity development programs. The Coordinator supports PHR’s initiatives to identify, promote and address human rights issues globally. The Coordinator will help mobilize and leverage the influence of doctors, other health professionals, forensic scientists and other allied professionals and constituents worldwide to advance human rights.

Initially, a major priority will be coordinating advocacy efforts to protection and ensure accountability for international crimes against Myanmar’s Rohingya population. The Coordinator will contribute to PHR’s other areas of advocacy work and help heighten the impact of our evidence-based research and documentation of human rights violations.

Reports to: Director of Advocacy

Location: New York, NY


  • Support PHR’s international policy and advocacy strategies and implementation through research and strategic analysis of opportunities for medical evidence and voices to have an impact
  • Track global convenings of governments, thought leaders, and NGOs to position PHR documentation and advocacy voices to have impact on human rights policies practices.
  • Working under the advocacy director’s guidance, develop partnerships and regular communication with a range of professional associations and human rights organizations to engage with in advocacy on specific programs and projects
  • Seek out and maintain rosters of PHR expert advocates and develop communications to keep them informed and mobilized strategically
  • Assist with preparation for PHR meetings with government and UN officials, the NGO community, and health worker networks and associations
  • Monitor policy and related developments pertaining to the human rights programs and issues where PHR is engaged internationally and identify opportunities where PHR can strategically act alone or in alliance with others to strengthen human rights policy and practice
  • By convening internal and external experts and stakeholders, assist in development of campaigning 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
  • As directed by senior advocacy staff, establish and cultivate collaborative relationships with a broad array of stakeholders including coalition and other partners and health professional constituencies, including board and other PHR volunteer subject matter experts
  • Provide subject matter input and materials necessary to draft grant proposals and grant reports for program funders to the PHR development staff
  • Publish and edit high quality content (largely online), including petitions, correspondence, research briefs and other constituency building communications


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred with studies in public health, international relations, medicine, law, social sciences, organizing, education, or related field preferable
  • At least three to five years of relevant work experience in a professional setting, advocacy and/or international human rights/public health content experience preferred
  • Strong commitment to human rights with cross-cultural experience and cultural sensitivity
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian law and international human rights law and the workings of government, human rights bodies, NGOs, and professional movements


  • Excellent written and oral communication, editing, and database skills
  • Tech savvy and a natural problem solver
  • Creativity for campaign tactics and strategies
  • Adept at managing relationships with external stakeholders including experience convening and facilitating workshops, planning meetings and advocacy initiatives
  • 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
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Publisher or other graphic design software is preferred
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, and to cope with repeated exposure to graphic and disturbing content

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 requirements) 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.