Careers and Internships at PHR | Short Term Consultancy; Leadership and Governance Consultant

Short Term Consultancy; Leadership and Governance Consultant

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 to engage an experienced and dynamic leadership and governance consultant/consultant firm, to undertake the below scope of work.

Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in Kenya

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

Reports to: Head of Kenya Office

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

This a short-term Consultancy for a period of 20 days, spread over 2 months.


The key duties and responsibilities by the consultant will be to:

  • Assess the role, and mandate of PHR-K Board, and provide recommendations on ways of strengthening the board;
  • Review PHR-K’s staff capacity development needs; and
  • Design and facilitate a meeting with PHR-K staff and board on the outcome of the assessment, the key recommendations.

Specifically, the consultant will be engaged for 20 days to undertake the following:

 DeliverableNumber of days
1.Inception, and Workplan Development. Convene a one-day meeting with PHR-K team to review the deliverables, agree on a time of implementation and identify key priorities.3 days.
2.Development of the workplan, and inception report. Presentation of the report to PHR-K.3 days.
3.Development of assessment tools: Assessment of PHR-K’s board mandate. Assessment of PHR-K’s staff capacity development needs/strengths.8 days.
4.Prepare and share initial assessment report, and recommendations. Receive feedback, and input into the final report.2 days
5.Presentation of the final Board, and Staff leadership, and development needs report to PHR-K Team. One day meeting with PHR-K staff and board.3 days
6.Present a final consultancy report.1 day

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in board management, leadership, and governance; or institutional capacity development in the not-for-profit sector.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in Leadership and Governance.
  • A Master’s Degree in economics, non-profit management, business administration, or relevant social science discipline.
  • In-depth Knowledge of human rights/health and human rights.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational and time management skills.
  • Experience in leading and facilitating participatory processes
  • Ability to interpret, analyze, and synthesize information

The consultant will work closely with PHR-K’s Head of Office. However, the consultant is expected to be self-motivated, and be able to work independently.

Salary and Benefits

This is a short-term consultancy based in Nairobi.  The consultancy fee is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please email cover letter, resume, and a financial proposal and resume to 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 September 15, 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.