Senior International Advocacy Officer

Physicians for Human Rights

About the organization

For more than 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. We investigate and document abuses, give voice to survivors and witnesses, and plant seeds of reconciliation by ensuring that perpetrators can be held accountable for their crimes. PHR uses our core disciplines – science, medicine, forensics, and public health – to inform our research and investigations and to strengthen the skills of frontline human rights defenders. We work closely with hundreds of partners around the world, using facts to wage effective advocacy and campaigning and providing critical scientific evidence so that survivors can seek justice.

PHR, which shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to end the scourge of landmines, is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are seeking committed activists with a passion for human rights.


Location: This position is usually located in our Headquarters in New York City, but remote while offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Located in New York City and reporting to the Director of Advocacy, the Senior International Advocacy Officer will develop and implement PHR’s international advocacy strategies that build on and connect to PHR’s research and investigations, training and capacity development, and network-building initiatives. The Senior International Advocacy Officer will be responsible for the international component of PHR’s initiatives to identify, promote, and address human rights issues. Additionally, the Senior International Advocacy Officer will help mobilize and leverage the influence of health care workers, forensic scientists, and other allied professionals and constituents worldwide to advance human rights.

Initially, a major priority for the Senior International Advocacy Officer will be coordinating advocacy efforts around PHR’s existing work to ensure protection, justice, and accountability for international crimes against Myanmar’s Rohingya population and Syrians who have experienced human rights violations including war crimes – two longstanding areas of PHR’s human rights work. The Senior International Advocacy Officer will also advance other areas of PHR’s international advocacy and help coordinate our evidence-based research and documentation of human rights violations to maximize advocacy impact.


Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree in public health, international relations, medicine, law, social sciences, education, or related field preferred.

At least five to eight years of relevant work experience in advocacy, international human rights, or public health.

Strong commitment to human rights with cross-cultural experience and cultural sensitivity.

Knowledge of international humanitarian and human rights law and policy, and familiarity with the workings of government, human rights bodies, NGOs, and professional associations.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Tech savvy and a natural problem solver.

Creative approach to developing issue-advocacy campaign strategies and tactics.

Adept at managing relationships with external stakeholders, including experience convening and facilitating workshops, coalition meetings, and advocacy meetings.

Energetic self-starter: ability to anticipate upcoming needs, work effectively under pressure with attention to detail, and prioritize and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Advanced knowledge of Salesforce or other contact management database systems desired.

Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, and to cope with repeated exposure to graphic and disturbing content.

Beyond English, fluency in one or more of French, Arabic, Chinese, or another official language of the United Nations preferred.


$70,000-$90,000 annual salary based on experience

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Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. We recruit and hire without discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.

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