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Sexual Violence MediCapt Contractor

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 Sexual Violence MediCapt Contractor.

Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Location: Remote

Reports to:  Medicapt Tech Project Manager

Organizational Overview

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.

PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.

Role Description

In 2011, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) launched its Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones to confront impunity for widespread sexual violence – used as both a weapon of war and a common crime. Rare cases that made it to court often failed because of insufficient evidence to support survivors’ allegations. In that context, PHR saw medical professionals as powerful change agents and created an initiative to enhance collaboration between medical and legal professionals to collect, document, and analyze forensic evidence to hold perpetrators accountable, and to improve medical care and access to justice for survivors. PHR has been working with doctors, nurses, trauma counsellors, police officers, lawyers, and judges in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to develop comprehensive, standardized methods for collecting forensic evidence of sexual violence to increase the likelihood of effective and successful investigations and prosecutions of these crimes.

But health facilities and police stations using paper-based forms often lack proper storage for secure preservation or officials encounter difficulties traveling distances to transmit or retrieve evidence due to poor roads or lack of access to vehicles, among other complicating factors.

To address these challenges and to leverage mobile phone penetration even in the most resource-constrained environments, PHR has been developing a high-tech solution called MediCapt, a mobile application to help clinicians document forensic evidence of sexual violence during a patient encounter. This app converts a standardized medical intake form to a digital platform and combines it with a secure mobile camera to facilitate forensic photography. Clinicians can use the app to compile evidence, photograph survivors’ injuries, and securely transmit the data to police, lawyers, and judges involved in prosecuting these crimes. Digitizing these forms minimizes the chances of loss, tampering, or theft of medical evidence, while preserving chain of custody.

Our partners in the DRC and Kenya see MediCapt as a solution for yielding stronger evidence, preserving chain of custody, and improving data security and privacy. Among its key features, MediCapt includes sophisticated encryption, cloud data storage, high fidelity to chain of custody standards, and tamper-proof metadata. Significantly, the Android-based app is designed to securely collect data in conflict zones, as well as remote locations where internet connectivity and/or wireless data transmission is limited. PHR has been collaborating with clinicians in the DRC and Kenya to improve MediCapt’s features (offline printing, secure photo capture capacity, and back-end review for quality improvement and assurance). We have also been working with health care facilities to integrate the app into clinical workflows and co-developed implementation protocols. We went “live” with patients in Naivasha, Kenya in 2018 and we will soon pilot with patients for the first time in the DRC.

Responsibilities

  • Implement security-focused application fixes for a ReactNative application built on AWS infrastructure and services (Cognito, etc). Fixes will be prescribed by a 3rd party cybersecurity audit.

Deliverable Timeline

DateDeliverablePayout
Week 1Plan for addressing critical/high Security Audit issues, Start fixes$2500
Week 2Progress report on critical/high issues$2500
Week 3Critical/high fixes completed, Plan for addressing Medium issues$2500
Week 4Progress report on Medium issues, address any feedback from critical/high fix verification$2500
Week 5Final delivery of all code / Critical, High, Medium fixes and reports$2500

Total Payout: $12,500

Requirements

  • 4+ years experience with ReactNative / JavaScript
  • 6+ years experience working with public facing web applications that handle sensitive user data (user sessions, account information, etc)
  • Experience with applications that handle patient medical data and implement patient privacy requirements (e.g. GDPR, HIPPA, etc) a plus
  • Cybersecurity experience / background a plus

Salary and Benefits

This is a short-term role that is remote.  Total compensation is $12,500.  There are no benefits associated with this role as it is a contractor role.

How to Apply

Please email cover letter and resume to resumes@phr.org and CC’ John Miller, jmiller@phr.org. Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and where you saw this job posting in the email body. Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications by December 19, 2022, per the above instructions.

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.