Careers and Internships at PHR | Program Associate – Kenya

Program Associate – Kenya

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document violations of human rights and humanitarian law, prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.

Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks a Program Associate – Kenya.

Location:  Nairobi, Kenya office (hybrid work model)

Type of Contract: Full Time, Fixed period of 6 months

Reports to: Head of Kenya Office

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Organizational Overview

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

PHR is excited to bring on board a dynamic, curious, and collaborative Program Associate in the Kenya Office who will be a member of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ). The Program Associate will offer support and work closely with the program team based in Kenya. The Program Associate will be fully responsible for providing day -to day overall assistance to the SVCZ Program team in implementation of the various projects. The Program Associate will equally play a pivotal role in ensuring that the projects implemented are well documented and reported in a results-based manner. The ideal candidate will be an excellent team player, action oriented, and detail oriented. The successful candidate will be expected to work independently, and collaboratively with colleagues across the organization.


  • In partnership with the Program Officer, develop workplans and ensure effective and timely implementation of the projects, activities under the SVCZ Program;
  • Undertake research when required,  in line with PHR’s strategic objectives;
  • Develop and prepare background research, and meeting concept notes and other relevant materials for convenings;
  • Prepare reports, share lessons with the Programmatic Team on the progress of the project implementation;
  • Support the Program & Operations Coordinator in organizing meetings, workshops and training events including handling of logistics;
  • Work with program team to assist with monitoring and evaluation;
  • Contribute to and participate in the Organization’s strategic and annual planning processes;
  • Carry out other duties/functions as requested by the Head of Kenya Office; and
  • Cultivate and reinforce a culture of kindness, respect, goodwill, non-discrimination, transparency, collaboration, and mentorship at the organization.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

The Program Associate should possess the following:

  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree in Law, Public Health, Gender Studies, Human Rights, social sciences or any other related disciplines;
  • Demonstrated understanding of human rights or related work including capacity development and training, reporting, and advocacy;
  • A minimum of 1 years’ experience in project conceptualization, design, implementation and reporting;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English, and Kiswahili;
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in multi-faceted, multitasking environment;
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through a must; and
  • Passion and commitment to human rights and a demonstrated passion for PHR’s mission, and goals.


Ability, and willingness to travel domestically.

Salary and Benefits

This is a 6-month position located in Nairobi, Kenya office.  PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.

How to Apply

  • Please combine your cover letter and resume as one pdf or a word document (no longer than two pages) and send it to;
  • Include your salary requirements/expected salary in the cover letter;
  • Indicate the following in the email subject line: your “Surname, First name -, Program Associate Kenya’’; and
  • Only complete applications in the format requested and sent to will be considered

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.