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Job Title: Director of Research & Investigations
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Organization: Physicians for Human Rights
Posted: 6/28/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: International Health
Industry: Non Profit / NGO
Number of Openings: 1
Location: New York,     
Position Description: The Director of Research & Investigations has internal and external facing responsibilities, primarily focused on the management, oversight, and development in existing Research and Investigations program areas and new program development within the organization’s framework of investigating, documenting, and advocating to prevent human rights violations. This position works closely with the Director of Programs to chart PHR’s future growth and strategic vision.

This is a full-time position based in New York reporting to the Director of Programs.


•Continue to grow the Research and Investigations program as well as develop new program priorities and strategy with the aim of preventing human rights abuses and holding those who violate human rights accountable •Work closely with the Executive Management Team and other senior managers to ensure the focus and objectives of the Research and Investigations program aligns with PHR’s organizational vision and strategy •Oversee the supervision, mentorship, and development of the Research and Investigations staff in all locations •Recruit experts from the medical and scientific field to contribute to research and investigations •Lead efforts to establish new programmatic areas of work, including forensic documentation and rapid response investigations, including field work when appropriate and travel as required •Design, implement, and launch successful programs that utilize PHR’s skills and expertise to investigate, document, and advocate to prevent human rights violations •Provide input on decisions regarding policy positions, public statements, sign-on letters, and campaigns •Oversee the research and reporting of the Research and Investigations program including contributing to the content and messaging of PHR reports, media statements, materials, public positions, and representation •Work with the Advocacy team to ensure that an impact-driven and integrated advocacy approach runs throughout all Research and Investigations work •Monitor global human rights issues and emerging conflicts and make informed recommendations as appropriate for organizational engagement; contextualize rights violations within the broader political, historical, and social environments in target countries •Develop and execute innovative tools to best communicate PHR’s findings including well-substantiated and compelling findings and other communications materials (i.e. opinion pieces) on human rights and humanitarian rights violations •Ensure that PHR’s research methods and reports comply with internal review processes (including ethical and editorial review), comport with the highest standards, ensure confidentiality and informed consent, and safeguard research data and forensic evidence •Develop and engage in external relationships with policy leaders, human rights organizations, academic institutions, donors, and others •Represent PHR at external conferences, professional associations, academic institutions, government and policy-making organizations, and public venues as appointed by the Director of Programs •Partner with the Director of Programs in implementing security protocols with anyone working in the Research and Investigations team •Liaise with the Communications department and represent PHR in the media, blog posts, op-eds, etc. as required to advance the work of the organization •Coordinate closely with the Development department, ensuring Research and Investigations staff respond promptly to requests for information and meet current and prospective donors where requested •Continually express, model, and reinforce a culture of transparency, proactivity, and resourcefulness that empowers program teams to deliver outstanding work. •Participate in the financial planning (budgeting) process and in results analysis, to maximize PHR’s long-term viability and impact •Be able to work flexible hours and to respond to crises and urgent situations •Travel as required to conduct fact-finding investigations and engage in advocacy •Carry out other functions requested by the Director of Programs

Qualifications: Qualifications and Experience

•Advanced degree in international relations, public health, journalism, law, social sciences, or related field •At least 10-15 years progressive experience at nonprofit or international organizations, foundations, or government agencies with a minimum of 5 years in a senior management position •Extensive research experience in international human rights or related work including investigations, reporting and advocacy

Skills and Qualities

•Oral and written fluency in English mandatory, proficiency in one or more additional languages desired •Extensive knowledge of international and human rights law, global advocacy, and international justice mechanisms •Excellent writing and editing skills and demonstrated ability to defend and explain complex issues and translate information about them to broad audiences including senior officials and intergovernmental bodies •Ability to execute multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities •Effective and inclusive leadership skills with comfort working in a cross-cultural setting •Ability to remain focused in the face of pressure, adhere to timelines, remain unintimidated by tasks/time limitations •A self-starter, self-disciplined with spark, imagination, and creativity •Comfort dealing with the media and public speaking. •Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings •Excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, creativity, flexibility, passion for the program mission, patience, and a good sense of humor •Ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with multiple stakeholders and organizations

Organization Description: For nearly 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations.

A Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate, PHR is a global organization founded on the idea that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to stop human rights violations. PHR’s investigations and expertise are used to advocate for the protection of persecuted health workers and medical facilities under attack, prevent torture, document mass atrocities, and hold those who violate human rights accountable.

PHR is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are very excited to be recruiting committed activists with a passion for human rights. Our headquarters are located in New York City, and we maintain offices in Washington, DC and in Boston.

Closing Date: 9/28/2018
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Contact Name: Rachel Chapman,  Director of Research & Investigations
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New York   NY  10018
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  New York   NY  10018
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How to Apply: Please send a cover letter (with compensation requirements), and resume to, including “Director of Research and Investigations” in the subject line. Please indicate where you saw this job posting in your cover letter.

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