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Independent Qualitative Research Consultancy

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.

Scope of Work

The independent qualitative research consultant will aid PHR staff and expert consultants in conducting 10-20 qualitative key information interviews or focus group discussions with health workers who treated Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh after August 2017, who had suffered sexual violence. Through these interviews and discussions, the research project seeks to assess, document, and corroborate human rights violations, including sexual and gender-based violence committed against Rohingya refugees during widespread and systematic  attacks in Myanmar in 2017.

For the duration of this agreement, the consultant’s point of contact for the provision of services will be the senior program coordinator of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones.

Deliverables – Consultant shall provide the following deliverable(s)

  • Become familiar with PHR’s work to address impunity for international crimes against the Rohingya.
  • Become familiar with PHR’s research protocol.
  • Participate in preparatory meetings and daily debriefing meetings as requested.
  • Participate in training provided by PHR’s staff and expert consultants on the research protocol and qualitative interview format.
  • Provide any information needed, on a timely basis, for all institutional review board applications/amendment.
  • Conduct 10-20 key informant interviews and/or focus group discussions as arranged by the PHR team and the local consultant.
  • Follow PHR’s informed consenting process and ensure completed informed consent forms are logged for each participant.
  • Follow all parts of PHR’s Standard Operating Procedure for data collection, storage, and analysis.
  • Produce a report summarizing the research mission and sharing observations and recommendations.
  • Advise PHR and partner institutions on future steps for the project.
  • Any other relevant task as needed.


  • Background and training in social sciences, medicine, or public health. Experience working in sexual and reproductive health and/or sexual violence response preferred.
  • Familiarity with/training in qualitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting qualitative interviews on sensitive subject matter.
  • Familiarity with health care systems and organizations working in Bangladesh to care for survivors of sexual violence.  


  • Ability to conduct 10-20 key informant interviews and/or focus group discussions in Bangladesh.
  • English and Bangla fluency required, Rohingya language skills a plus.

How to Apply

Please email cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) to

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