Program Officer, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones
PHR - Physicians for Human Rights
Boston, MA, United States
PHR is seeking an experienced and qualified program officer to help the program director lead a dynamic and highly engaged team of professional staff, consultants, and volunteers. The program officer manages the Program’s day-to-day activities in the United States and in focus countries, participates in the planning and development of training workshops in these locations, and cultivates and maintains strong relationships locally to advance the goals of the Program.
The program officer manages projects and is responsible for effective deployment of time, money, and other PHR staff. These projects involve complex coordination, and require effective communication and creative and collaborative problem-solving. Building and maintaining strong, trust-based relationships internally and with external partners across cultures and geographies is an important function of this role.
- Monitors country adherence to deadlines for project reports; this may include the editing, reviewing, formatting, and production of program documents for internal and external distribution;
- Supports key partners to develop and manage their own monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans;
- Coordinates logistical and administrative support related to a project such as activity planning and implementation, funds disbursement, monitoring and reporting, and facilitating meetings and trainings;
- Prepares project briefs to inform decision making on project targets and outputs;
- Monitors project baseline data and indicators as per the M&E plans;
- Coordinates timely and accurate quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis;
- Evaluates impact evaluation to understand how the Program can learn from M&E data;
- Oversees the set up and maintenance of databases and ensures the accuracy and timeliness of information;
- Prepares informative communication briefs, presentations, and other materials for the Program;
- Works with selected hospital partners as part of ongoing organizational capacity development, to evaluate and improve the systems these facilities use to collect, document, and preserve forensic medical evidence of sexual violence and collaborate with other stakeholder groups;
- Provides organizational and logistical support to training programs on the collection, documentation, and preservation of forensic medical evidence of sexual violence;
- Liaises with headquarters finance department and country offices to monitor program and office budgets, including reconciliation of discrepancies, trouble-shooting budget variances, budget revisions, and development of budget proposals.
- Bachelors’ degree; graduate degree in public health, law, or other relevant subject areas preferred;
- At least 5 years’ progressive experience in data analysis, research, public health, policy, and/or advocacy;
- Fluency in written and spoken English; additional languages desirable (especially French and Spanish);
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel and Publisher, Adobe Professional, and statistical software packages.
Skills and Experience
- Strong quantitative skills with experience in monitoring and evaluation are a plus;
- Demonstrated project management experience;
- Previous experience managing a budget and tracking project expenses;
- Experience in multimedia production, training, developing training tools is a plus;
- Strong work ethic with the ability to identify problems and develop solutions;
- Strategic, creative, and innovative thinker;
- Ability to engage experts, stakeholders, and other partners in a professional and proactive manner;
- Ability to exercise measured and appropriate judgement;
- Effective and inclusive leader comfortable working in cross-cultural settings;
- Adaptable, resourceful, and detailed oriented, with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
- Well-organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and competing deadlines;
- Excellent writing and editing skills with a strong ability to translate complex, technical issues into accessible language for wider audiences;
- Analytical skills, with an ability to analyze data collected and inform decisions that affect the project;
- Willingness to travel to DRC, Kenya, and elsewhere for project implementation;
- Demonstrated commitment to human rights and public interest work.