Careers and Internships at PHR | Staff Accountant

Staff Accountant

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 human rights and humanitarian law violations and 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 Staff Accountant to join the New York team.

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

Location: Headquarters, New York, NY 

Reports to: Director of Finance

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.

With its dedicated staff of approximately 50 people, dozens of interns, consultants, and thousands of volunteer experts, Physicians for Human Rights:

  • Produces evidence about human rights violations based on medical science, research, investigations, and forensic documentation that supports prosecution of perpetrators in local, regional, and international justice settings;
  • Trains and supports medical, law enforcement, legal, and justice professionals in conflict and post-conflict regions to document torture, sexual violence, and other violations so that there is an evidentiary foundation for prevention, protection, justice, and redress for these crimes;
  • Works with medical associations and individuals to reinforce the highest standards of medical ethics and uphold their professional obligation to “do no harm”;
  • Defends medical professionals when they are harassed, attacked, or jailed by authorities for carrying out their professional obligations;
  • Corroborates the human rights abuse claims of people fleeing government-sanctioned persecution and torture through a network of more than 2,000 medical professionals who conduct physical and psychological examinations of U.S. asylum seekers; and
  • Advocates for human rights policy reforms globally and for robust responses to rights violations from local and national governments, regional bodies, and the United Nations.

Role Description

Working as part of a three-person team in the Finance Department, the Accounting Associate will be responsible for the successful day-to-day management of various accounting functions including grants management, payroll, A/P, A/R, and general ledger accounting  


  • Book payroll, fringe benefits, deposits, online transactions, and credit card transactions; serve as liaison with the payroll and 403b plan providers regarding taxes and remittances to benefits vendors.
  • Work closely with the Development team to reconcile monthly donor revenues from salesforce with amounts received in bank.
  • Process Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable transactions, including the generation and tracking of invoices.
  • Review and prepare journal entries for all grant related activities; track receipts and create grant release entries.
  • Process payments in Accounting system Sage Intacct, including check payments, ACH, and wire transfer payments.
  • Prepare and transfer batches from the Concur system to Sage Intacct accounting system
  • Reconcile monthly bank accounts.
  • Manage the prepaid expenses record keeping and reconciliation and prepare monthly journal entry to reconcile accordingly.
  • With the Director of Finance, conduct new and ongoing training for finance on-boarding for new staff; and support local and regionally based staff on updates in financial policies.
  • Assist staff with Concur expense reports, advance and reimbursement request and reconciliations.
  • Update Chart of Accounts in Sage Intacct and Concur.
  • Assist Director of Finance with field office finances.
  • Assist Director of Finance with completion of all monthly, quarterly, and annual reports including departmental, program, project, and grant reports.
  • Assist for completion of annual Form 990.
  • Assist of the preparation for annual audit and funder specific audits.
  • Maintain departmental records and systems.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with strong attention to detail and a strong sense of customer service.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills, with ability to proactively identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise good judgment and discretion at all times.
  • Ability to prioritize and work under deadlines.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Interest in human rights desirable.
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance, or a related field. In lieu of relevant degree, additional work experience (2 years+ will be accepted) U.S bachelor’s degree (or its foreign equivalent) are both accepted.
  • 1-2 years experiences in accounting, financial management, or business, preferably at a non-profit organization.
  • Knowledge of GAAP
  • High level of proficiency with the entire MS Office suite, especially Excel
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, flexibility, and ability to work collaboratively.
  • Experience with Sage Intacct accounting software, and/or Concur preferably.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in New-York. This is an in-office-based role with a hybrid model. The salary range is $60,000-$75,0000 and 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 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.

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.