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Director of Programs

Employer Physicians for Human Rights
Deadline 20. December 2019
Type Full time
Location United States
Level Senior-level (7+ years experience required)


Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize, is a U.S.-based nonprofit working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law to end human suffering, save lives, and secure justice and universal human rights for all.  With a global network of thousands of medical, legal, and scientific experts, PHR uses the power of forensic expertise to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses protect survivors, and promote justice.  Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks a new Director of Programs to leverage a worldwide network toward effective advocacy to alleviate suffering.

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians from differing backgrounds, compelled by first-hand experiences with human suffering in the United States and abroad, and 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.  Individually and in concert with other groups, PHR continues to provide the medical and scientific facts about human rights abuses that bolster the legal and moral imperatives to alleviate human suffering, uphold human dignity, and save lives.

The Director of Programs will directly supervise PHR’s directors of research and investigations, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, asylum and advocacy units, and medical director (co-report with executive director).  Together with this team, the Director of Programs will lead and shape programming that uncovers evidence of human rights abuses, provides training and capacity development for on the ground partners, and empowers a growing network of health professionals to become advocates for human rights as an extension of their work.

More information about Physicians for Human Rights can be found at www.phr.org.

This search is being conducted by Allison Kupfer Poteet, Linh Nguyen, and Melinda Hull of the national search firm NPAG.  Nominations and applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume (in Word or PDF format) should be submitted to: PHR-DP@nonprofitprofessionals.com.  In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer.  We recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.

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