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Short-term Consultancy – Effectiveness of Police Gender Desks in Kenya

Location: This position will be located in our Nairobi, Kenya office, but is remote while offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Classification: This is a temporary consultancy for a fixed period of 20 days

Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in Kenya.

Organization Description

For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to severe human rights violations around the world.

A global organization founded on the idea that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to advocate against human rights violations, PHR shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its contributions to the international effort to ban landmines.

PHR’s investigations and expertise are used to document mass atrocities, advocate for the protection of persecuted health workers and medical facilities under attack, prevent torture, and hold those who violate human rights accountable.

PHR is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are seeking committed activists with a passion for human rights.


Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is pervasive in Kenya. According to the 2014 Kenya Health Demographic Survey, 45 percent of women and 44 percent of men aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence, and 20 percent and 12 percent, respectively, experienced physical violence within the 12 months prior to the survey.

Police Gender Desks were established in the police stations of Kenya to address some of the gaps in access to services for survivors of SGBV, including offering a survivor-centered response and a conducive environment for survivors to report cases of SGBV. Police Gender Desks serve as the focal points for reporting gender-based violence cases at police stations and officers are expected to be adequately trained to respond with a trauma-informed and survivor-centered approach. PHR seeks to engage a consultant who will undertake a review of the Police Gender Desks and their effectiveness, surface any gaps in the services offered to survivors, and identify ways of addressing these gaps.


The Consultant will work closely with the Kenya head of office to conduct the review. The key duties and responsibilities of the consultant will be:

  • Carry out a desk review of the mandate and status of Police Gender Desks in Kenya
  • Examine the effectiveness of the Gender Desks and the services offered
  • Collect data from select survivors who have received services at Police Gender Desks in Kenya
  • Undertake a comparative study of any jurisdiction that has successfully established Police Gender Desks, and the services offered to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV)
  • Identify any gaps and opportunities relating to Police Gender Desks
  • Provide recommendations and measures to address the gaps identified
  • Provide regular feedback and engagement with PHR Kenya
  • Submit a draft report and, subsequently, a final report within the agreed timeline

Skills and Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

While no one candidate will possess all of the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences.

  • An advanced degree in law or gender studies
  • Minimum of seven years of demonstrated extensive experience that combines research and program management in human rights with a specific focus on GBV prevention and response, and access to justice at the national level
  • Extensive working experience in Kenya on criminal justice issues with emphasis on GBV and access to justice
  • Experience working with justice sector institutions (judiciary, police, ODPP) on GBV prevention and response in Kenya
  • A track record of producing succinct, easy-to-read reports and publications
  • Strong commitment to the mission and goals of PHR
  • Superb oral and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills

Salary and Benefits

Salary for this position is Kshs. 269,325.  

How to Apply

Please combine your cover letter and resume as a pdf or word document and send it to Please indicate “Last Name/First Name, job title” in the email subject line.

A complete application consists of:

  • A thoughtful cover letter explaining why you are qualified for/interested in this position with PHR
  • Resume/curriculum vitae

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.

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