Careers and Internships at PHR | Iraq Country Coordinator (Part-Time)

Iraq Country Coordinator (Part-Time)

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.

Once such position is that of a contracted part-time Iraq coordinator, whose responsibilities focus on working with PHR’s U.S. based team and many local Iraqi partners on its project, Building Forensic Capacity to Document, Analyze and Preserve Evidence of International Crimes in Northern Iraq. The project’s aim is to improve the prospects for justice through due process and reparations for survivors and witnesses of sexual slavery and violence, as well as other mass atrocities. It is a capacity development effort to support best practices in medical-legal documentation of these crimes, prevent torture of detainees alleged to have committed them, and to spur collaboration across relevant professional sectors in the collection and preservation of evidence for truth and justice.

Reports to: Senior Program Coordinator, U.S.

Location: Erbil/Dohuk, KRI

Duration of Contract: 12 months (with possibility for extension)

This contracted position is grant-dependent. Under the terms of the grant, this position will start immediately and is estimated to continue for up to one year. Any continuation beyond that point will be dependent upon securing additional grant-specific funding.


  • In coordination with local logistics consultants and PHR staff, help organize meetings and training workshops with local partners in Iraq.
  • Build relationships and liaise with key local stakeholders and NGO representatives (including human rights, humanitarian, medical, law enforcement, legal, and local community and survivor groups) to help identify potential partners, collaborators, and participants.
  • Monitor pertinent human rights and justice issues in Iraq and keep the U.S.-based team informed about real-time developments.
  • Keep abreast of legal and policy developments in addressing sexual violence and international crimes in Iraq.
  • Monitor security conditions in coordination with PHR’s Iraq Country Expert.
  • Assist with the development of training curricula on medical-legal responses to sexual violence and prevention of torture in Iraq.
  • Coordinate and oversee the preparation of ground logistics for Iraq forensic training workshops. These tasks include, but are not limited to, arranging accommodation for team members and participants, arranging conference rooms, booking flights for participants coming from Baghdad, purchasing stationery as well as printing and organizing materials needed for the training.
  • Convene periodic network meetings and webinars in Iraq.
  • Review translations and perform editing tasks.
  • Attend and represent PHR, in consultation with PHR Iraq team, at local and regional conferences, workshops, lectures, and events organized by governmental and non-governmental institutions on issues related to human rights, sexual and gender-based violence, and justice for international crimes.


  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree(s) in law, international relations, public health, human rights, social science, or related field preferred.
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience working in human rights, rule of law, capacity development projects, or related area is required. 
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic. Ability to communicate in Kurdish is desirable.
  • Experience in communicating and working with a wide range of people, including from diverse cultural, linguistic, social, and political backgrounds.
  • Previous experience in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in training methods and training of trainer courses.
  • Ability to work flexible hours given range of staff and consultant time-zones.
  • Good knowledge of and interest in the political and human rights situation in Iraq and the region.
  • Valid residency and work permit in Iraq.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically within Iraq, provided security assessment allows.


  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and gender sensitivity.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Drive.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, with a strong work ethic.
  • Strategic, creative, and innovative thinker.
  • Adaptable, resourceful, and detailed oriented.
  • Ability to proactively develop new ways to resolve problems and actively share relevant information.
  • Ability to engage experts, stakeholders, and other partners in a professional and proactive manner.
  • Genuine interest in and commitment to human rights, its principles and values, with demonstrated interest particularly in gender-based violence.

Salary and Work Requirements

This is a part-time, contracted position located in Iraq. Only applicants with a valid residency and work permit in Iraq will be considered. Salary is commensurate with experience.  Consultant will be solely responsible for obtaining, maintaining and bearing any costs for all professional, medical or other insurance; any required professional licenses or certifications; and all other governmental and third-party approvals and permits necessary for consultant to perform duties in Iraq.

How to Apply

Please email cover letter (with salary requirements) and Curriculum Vitae to Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Kindly 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.