Careers and Internships at PHR | Elections Coordinator

Elections Coordinator

Reports to: Director of Programs

Location: This position will be located in ourHeadquarters, New York City, but remote while offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organization Description

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. We investigate and document abuses, give voice to survivors and witnesses, and plant seeds of reconciliation by ensuring that perpetrators can be held accountable for their crimes. PHR uses our core disciplines – science, medicine, forensics, and public health – to inform our research and investigations and to strengthen the skills of frontline human rights defenders. We work closely with hundreds of partners around the world, using facts to wage effective advocacy and campaigning and providing critical scientific evidence so that survivors can seek justice.

PHR, which shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to end the scourge of landmines, is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are seeking committed activists with a passion for human rights.

Role Description

We are recruiting a Coordinator who can help to project manage PHR’s rapid response or emerging special projects in connection with the U.S. elections. This is a temporary position, between 3 – 6 months in duration.


Coordinate among PHR staff and research, advocacy and communications departments to ensure plans are integrated and information is shared on emerging developments, partner activity and PHR actions;

In the event that rapid response-related travel is required, assist with arranging travel, logistics, contacts and outreach lists and budget to support mission; assist in keeping all actors on task;

Bring relevant staff members together regularly to convene and facilitate team meetings, identify clear action-oriented next steps, follow up with colleagues to ensure execution of tasks, and memorialize content of meetings through note-taking;

Support the team through substantive engagement in helping to develop strategy and shape issues we may undertake; and

Assist in drafting messages to partners, stakeholders and support advocacy actions.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in a relevant field desirable;
  • At least three to five years’ relevant work experience;
  • Passion and commitment to human rights and for PHR’s mission;
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences;
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, and communications skills;
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through a must;
  • Energetic self-starter and proven ability to work effectively under deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with multiple stakeholders and organizations;
  • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, creativity, flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor;
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint required;
  • Authorized to work in the United States


PHR offers competitive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.

How to Apply

Please email cover letter and resume to Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and include salary expectations and where you saw this job posting in the email body.

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