Careers and Internships at PHR | Myanmar Advocacy Coordinator

Myanmar Advocacy Coordinator

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 Myanmar Advocacy Coordinator (“Coordinator”).

PHR has been working to document widespread, grave human rights abuses committed against a wide range of ethnic and religious minority groups inside Myanmar and to utilize that reporting to advocate for accountability for these atrocities. Building on PHR’s most recent work, which focused specifically on atrocities committed against the Rohingya, PHR’s advocacy team will develop and implement creative strategies for achieving policy recommendations related to the situation in Myanmar, in the region, in the United States, and across other national and international fora.

The coordinator position will support these initiatives to identify, promote, and address human rights issues globally by leading the development and implementation of PHR’s Myanmar advocacy work, complementing and building on research and investigations, training, and capacity development programs.

This is a full-time, grant-dependent position. Under the terms of the grant, this position will start immediately and last through December 2021. Any continuation beyond that point would be dependent upon securing additional grant-specific funding.

Reports to: Director of Advocacy

Location: New York, NY


Under the guidance of the advocacy director: 

  • Develop and implement PHR’s advocacy strategies and campaigns for Myanmar in collaboration with relevant colleagues, complementing and building on PHR’s programmatic work.
  • Help identify opportunities to mobilize and leverage the influence, expertise, and voices of physicians, forensic scientists, and other medical and allied professionals and constituents in the United States and worldwide to advance human rights and accountability in Myanmar.  
  • 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 PHR’s research findings and policy recommendations on Myanmar.
  • Engage with PHR’s expert advocates, researchers, and programmatic staff, and create regular communications to keep them informed and mobilized strategically.
  • Help prepare for PHR meetings with governments, regional and international institutions, the NGO community, and health worker networks and associations.
  • Monitor policy and related developments pertaining to PHR’s Myanmar work and identify opportunities where PHR can act, alone or in alliance with others, to achieve advocacy objectives.
  • Develop 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.

Qualifications and Experience  

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • 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.
  • Experience working on Southeast Asian, and particularly, Myanmar human rights issues required.
  • Demonstrable 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 Southeast Asian regional governments, ASEAN and other regional institutions, the international courts system, human rights bodies, and NGOs strongly preferred.


  • Excellent written and oral communication, editing, and database skills. Proficiency in French, Bengali, Mandarin Chinese, or any Myanmar languages is 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 ability to anticipate upcoming needs, attention to detail, and follow-through, the ability 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 and is an in-office-based role. Salary is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, 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. 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.