Role Description

The Senior Program Coordinator will support the SVCZ program’s capacity development, network building, research, innovation, case development, and advocacy efforts regarding conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV), including specifically supporting children affected by CRSV and sexual violence more generally. The Coordinator will work with the team to develop and advance program goals, and fully and effectively realize program deliverables. 

This position is grant-dependent. Under the terms of the grant, this position will start immediately and is estimated to last through December 2024. Any continuation beyond that point would be dependent upon securing additional funding. 


  • Assist SVCZ team members with program implementation in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Ukraine, Ethiopia and additional countries, with a focus on sexual violence affecting children. 
  • Monitor human rights and sexual violence issues, keeping team informed of real-time developments. 
  • Support the overall management of projects by regularly maintaining financial, progress, and logistics trackers.   Work with supervisor to track program progress through monitoring and evaluation databases, management tools, and annual work plans. 
  • Collaborate with program trainers and other relevant experts and professionals to identify, help design, develop and prepare content for training products and assemble training materials.  
  • When relevant, contribute to the development of training curriculums to document  forensic evidence of sexual violence, and other abuses, designed for health, law enforcement, and/or legal professionals.  
  • Support research and documentation of human rights situations in priority countries, including supporting research processes and to follow and maintain security protocols and ethical approvals, collecting and analyzing information from a wide range of sources, drafting sections of research reports, and contributing to maintenance and analysis of databases containing research findings. 
  • Assist the team with maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and other external parties. 
  • Support the preparation and drafting of advocacy submissions and statements, and logistics for organizing advocacy activities. 
  • Draft, edit or assist in the creation of programmatic outputs and communications products, such as PowerPoint presentations, training materials, manuals, blog posts, web, social media, and publication content as directed. 
  • Provide subject matter input and materials necessary to draft grant proposals 
  • Develop and manage detailed budgets; help monitor programmatic and grant-specific expenditures; and assist in budget tracking and reporting to funders/donors; ensuring adherence to timelines and spending guidelines. 
  • Coordinate security and logistical support, including organizing domestic and international travel and events in coordination with the project and program team. 
  • Facilitate the hiring of independent contractors and ensure fees are paid in a timely manner. 
  • Any other general project-related and programmatic support, as needed 


  • Adept at managing relationships with external stakeholders. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication, editing, and analytical skills. 
  • Foreign language skills applicable to PHR’s areas of intervention a plus.  
  • Energetic self-starter with the ability to anticipate upcoming needs, with attention to detail and follow-through, able to work effectively under pressure and to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks. 
  • Able to maintain strict confidentiality and cope with repeated exposure to graphic and disturbing content. 
  • Mature, resilient, resourceful, and detail-oriented. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.  
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite is required, in particular Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Advanced knowledge of statistical analysis software is preferred.
  • Strong commitment to human rights and PHR’s mission and goals, with cross-cultural experience and cultural sensitivity. 

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate  

  • Bachelor’s degree at a minimum; an advanced degree in public health, international relations, medicine, law, social sciences, education, or related field is preferred. 
  • At least four years of relevant work experience in a professional setting, preferably in a complex and fast-paced organization, interacting intensively with internal and external contacts. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with human rights issues and sexual violence in conflict settings; prior experience working on and familiarity with the subject preferred. 
  • Demonstrated prior experience working on children’s rights and child-sensitive programming. 
  • Curriculum development and/or training experience an asset, budget and project management experience preferred. 
  • Experience working or living in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Ukraine, Ethiopia is an asset. 
  • Written and spoken fluency in English; French, Amharic, or Arabic also desirable. 
  • Willingness and ability to travel to post-conflict regions, as needed. 
  • Flexibility to conduct calls at flexible hours to account for time zones of partners and coworkers. 

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in New York, Boston, or Washington, D.C. Salary range is $60,000-65,000 per year and is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and twenty-two days of annual vacation. This position will be eligible for inclusion in the PHR Staff Union.  

How to Apply

Please email cover letter and resume to [email protected]. 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.


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