Director of Programs

PHR - Physicians for Human Rights

New York, NY, United States

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is seeking a strategic, innovative, and experienced Director of Programs to provide vision, leadership, and direction for PHR’s research and training/capacity building programs.

The Director will lead a dynamic team of professional staff, consultants, and volunteers to develop and carry out PHR’s global programs to advance human rights. The Director will foster new programming that builds on the quality and highly specialized medical and scientific expertise that PHR is renowned for; integrate all PHR programming to ensure maximum impact; monitor and evaluate programs; develop and mentor new generations of human rights defenders; inform communications and advocacy strategies; and serve as a lead spokesperson and writer. The Director of Programs will be located in New York City. They will be a member of the Executive Management Team and report to the Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead, design, and oversee PHR’s programs and help to ensure coordination and collaboration throughout the organization;
  • Provide leadership and motivation to program supervisors, creating a culture that promotes innovation, builds confidence, encourages teamwork, supports diversity, and sets clear expectations for future success;
  • Monitor global human rights issues and help determine when it is appropriate for the organization to engage and at what level;
  • Launch several new initiatives, including creating a global fellowship program in partnership with leading academic institutions; significantly expanding the number of investigations and research projects we engage in directly and with partners; and building the organization’s capacity to develop and test new methods, tools, and instruments for documenting human rights violations and/or early warning signs;
  • Serve as a top PHR spokesperson and advocate on international human rights issues, and, with others, engage with funders, media, and international human rights entities and other international institutions, including UN agencies, tribunals, and courts, especially the International Criminal Court. Train others to do the same in order to expand PHR’s reach with medical and scientific expertise;
  • Significantly expand PHR’s network of subject matter experts (currently at more than 400) and other partners in the global health and human rights field in order to advance PHR’s programs through collaborations and partnerships;
  • Identify current and future skill sets needed to implement PHR’s plans;
  • Build, manage, train, mentor, and inspire an extraordinary team of professionals consisting of staff, consultants, interns, and volunteers;
  • Ensure that research and advocacy methodology is sound and comports with the highest norms and standards in the medical, scientific, and legal fields;
  • Staff PHR’s Medical and Ethics Review Board and work closely with PHR’s Editorial Review Committee (both comprised of leading experts in the medical, scientific, and legal fields);
  • Propose program budgets and manage and monitor budget expenditures;
  • Oversee the substantive writing of all communications resulting from investigations and advocacy missions (reporting in all forms);
  • Oversee security policies, protocols, and their implementation, including security of staff and volunteers, data security, and the security of partners involved in PHR’s field work;
  • Oversee regular monitoring and evaluation of efforts;
  • Together with other members of the Executive Management Team, promote organization-wide communication and cross-departmental working groups;
  • Foster a collaborative team environment and one in which contributions at all levels can be made and are acknowledged.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • An advanced degree in public health, medicine, or related studies and practice;
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience in international health and human rights or related work, including conducting focused data-driven medical/scientific/public health/or forensic research and using it to inform advocacy;
  • At least five years of experience in a senior leadership/management position and demonstrated ability to lead and inspire teams in multiple global locations, and manage resources and budgets;
  • A record of success in the strategic and forward-thinking development and management of effective, integrated, and results-driven human rights programming, including advocacy.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Understanding of the landscape of the medical world and ability to galvanize its engagement in promoting human rights and to leverage new partnerships;
  • Excellent political judgment and understanding of global advocacy;
  • Demonstrated experience in speaking to the media and stakeholders of all types, globally;
  • Ability to be available off-hours for rapid response and to travel internationally;
  • Superb interpersonal skills with experience forging strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Experience working and/or living outside of the United States is required and a proficiency in another language is desirable;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and demonstrated ability to defend and explain complex issues and translate information about them to broad audiences, including the media, senior officials, and intergovernmental bodies;
  • Fluency in using digital tools, including social media, to engage audiences is preferred;
  • A team-oriented person with a passion for human rights, excellent judgment, maturity, creativity, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.

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