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Research and Investigations 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 research and investigations coordinator, whose responsibilities will be twofold – primarily to contribute to all phases of administration, research, and advocacy for PHR’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team’s multiple research and advocacy projects. Secondarily, this position will ensure that the MENA team maintains a complete and up-to-date database of attacks on health in Syria (specifically for the Syria map and related products). The coordinator will work with all relevant PHR teams to develop and advance program goals, and fully and effectively realize all program deliverables.

Reports to: Director of Research and Investigations

Location: New York, NY


  • Research and document the human rights situation in areas covered by the research and investigations team, specifically conducting Arabic-language, open-source research on attacks on health care in Syria relevant to our ongoing Syria map project.
  • Liaise effectively and professionally with domestic and international human rights groups and defenders in PHR’s network as directed.
  • Coordinate new partner collaborations and case-building initiatives and support existing efforts in that regard to ensure smooth progress toward deliverables and an eye toward possible future joint research and advocacy projects.
  • Work collaboratively with other PHR departments to ensure that all MENA projects are undertaken seamlessly with all relevant internal stakeholders.
  • Work closely with the finance department to manage and track programmatic expenditures; develop grant budget; submit purchase orders and reimbursements; and facilitate independent consultant contracts.
  • Work with the development team to provide subject matter input into grant proposals.
  • Coordinate the logistics of domestic and overseas travel and events.
  • Assist in the organization of research and adherence to methodologies; collaborate closely with investigations staff on the analysis of data trends; and maintain the integrity of a database containing sensitive human rights data.
  • Draft objective and accurate briefing papers, op-eds, letters, press releases, and other reports as directed.
  • Train and supervise research and investigations interns and the work they produce.
  • Respond promptly to queries and requests for information from PHR colleagues and external parties where appropriate.
  • On occasion, travel domestically and overseas as required in relation to research or advocacy work or to attend meetings.
  • Assist with other research and programmatic support as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree at a minimum; an advanced degree in public health, international relations, medicine, law, social sciences, education, or related field preferred.
  • At least four years of relevant work experience in a professional setting, preferably in a complex and fast-paced organization, interacting intensively with internal and external contacts.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with human rights issues in Syria and the rest of the MENA region.
  • Prior experience working on and familiarity with the subject of sexual violence preferred; experience working or living in Middle East/North Africa region an asset.
  • Curriculum development and/or training experience an asset; budget and project management experience preferred.

Skills and Qualities

  • Fluency in spoken and written Arabic required.
  • Genuine interest in and commitment to human rights principles and values.
  • Energetic self-starter with the ability to anticipate upcoming needs and work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong analytical, writing, and verbal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
  • Professional team player with mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, and strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to cope with exposure to graphic and disturbing human rights violation content.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours in response to emerging and urgent events.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in New York City and is an in-office-based role (not remote). 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.