Careers and Internships at PHR | Ukraine Emergency Response Coordinator

Ukraine Emergency Response Coordinator, Short Term Consultancy

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 is seeking a Ukraine Emergency Response Coordinator.   

Location: Remote (global).

Reports to: Director of Research and Investigations

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

We are recruiting a coordinator who can help to project manage PHR’s rapid response or emerging special projects in connection with the war in Ukraine. This is a temporary, full-time position, between three and six months in duration, with the possibility for extension.


  • Coordinate among PHR staff and research, advocacy, and communications departments to ensure plans are integrated and information is shared on emerging developments, partner activity, and PHR actions;
  • Develop and build relationships with local, regional, and international civil society partners;
  • In the event that rapid response-related travel is required, assist with arranging travel, logistics, contacts and outreach lists, budget to support mission, and security protocols; assist in keeping all actors on task;
  • Bring relevant staff members together regularly to convene and facilitate team meetings, identify clear action-oriented next steps, follow up with colleagues to ensure execution of tasks, and memorialize content of meetings;
  • Support the team through substantive engagement in helping to develop strategy and shape issues PHR may undertake;
  • Assist in drafting messages to and engaging with partners and stakeholders and in supporting advocacy actions; and
  • Assist with English/Ukrainian translation and interpretation as needed.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

  • Fluency in Ukrainian and English required; proficiency in Russian strongly desired;
  • Knowledge of Ukrainian political and cultural context;
  • At least three to five years’ relevant work experience, preferably in public health, law, human rights, or the humanitarian sector;
  • Undergraduate degree required, master’s degree in a relevant field desirable;
  • Passion and commitment to human rights and for PHR’s mission;
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences;
  • Excellent communications skills;
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through a must;
  • Energetic self-starter and proven ability to work effectively under deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with multiple stakeholders and organizations;
  • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, creativity, flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor;
  • Experience with digital security a plus; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required.

Salary and Benefits

This is a temporary, full-time position, between three and six months in duration, with the possibility for extension. Location is remote (global). There is a competitive consultancy proposed rate; this short-term consultancy is ineligible for PHR benefits. 

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.