Careers and Internships at PHR | Researcher, U.S.

Researcher, U.S.

Position Summary 

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.

One such newly created role is that of researcher, U.S. This position will work as part of Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR’s) Research and Investigations team in documenting and exposing human rights violations in the United States and the US.-Mexico border region. The researcher will support the monitoring and documenting of rights violations, helping to execute rapid response and longer-term field investigations in partnership with senior members of the team and volunteer consultant health professionals. The researcher will interact with stakeholders, contribute to written reports and communications materials, and participate in advocacy briefings.

This position is grant-dependent. Under the terms of the grant, this position will start immediately and is estimated to last for up to two years. PHR hopes to, but does not guarantee any continuation beyond that point, as it would be dependent upon securing additional grant-specific funding.

Reports to:

Director, Research & Investigations


New York, NY  


  • Work in partnership with staff and PHR’s extensive network of volunteer consultant health professionals to contribute to rapid response and research projects that document and expose violations of human rights through the systematic collection and analysis of information from eyewitnesses, survivors, organizations, media, government officials, and other field sources, both in the United States and Mexico, and in asylum seekers’ and torture victims’ countries of origin.
  • Draft and/or contribute to timely, well-substantiated, and compelling reports on human rights violations.
  • Write and/or contribute to shorter quick response or proactive documents for relevant audiences and stakeholders, as well as blog posts, op-eds and social media communications.
  • Work in tandem with other PHR staff to develop advocacy and media strategies in collaboration with PHR advocacy and communications teams.
  • Build and develop relationships with stakeholders.
  • Be willing to work flexible hours, travel internationally as required, and respond to crises and urgent situations.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned and required.


  • A degree in international relations, journalism, law, public health or a related field or equivalent experience; an advanced degree a plus.
  • Minimum two to four years’ experience working on human rights or related issues, with some field and rapid response experience required.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, and a demonstrated ability to concisely explain complex issues and information for a variety of audiences.
  • Familiarity with US and international political structures, human rights law, advocacy, and justice mechanisms.
  • Experience in ethical research practices and a proven ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people, including victims and witnesses of human rights abuses.
  • Experience in the use of social media both as an information source as well as a platform to media outreach and advocacy.


  • A demonstrated self-starter with excellent organizational skills and experience in successfully multi-tasking and working quickly under pressure to meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively within PHR, as well as with local partners, government officials, and others
  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish mandatory, fluency in additional languages a plus.
  • Ability to remain focused in the face of multiple time-sensitive competing priorities.
  • Strong communicator able to grasp and communicate substantive PHR policies and programs; comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and levels of professional work experience.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and to operate in a professional, ethical manner.
  • Ability to work with staff at all levels, and ability to represent PHR with tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
  • Mature, resilient, resourceful, and detail-oriented, with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and goals of PHR.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, in-office position located in New York City. Salary is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and 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.