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Program Officer – Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Program

Position Summary

PHR is seeking an experienced and qualified program officer to work with the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) to help increase local capacity for the collection of court-admissible evidence of sexual violence to support prosecutions for these crimes. The program officer coordinates the Program’s day-to-day activities in the United States and in focus countries, participates in the planning and development of programmatic activities in these locations, and cultivates and maintains strong relationships globally to advance the goals of the SVCZ Program

The program officer’s responsibilities include effective deployment of resources, time, and funds for PHR projects. 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. This is an exempt position which reports to the Director, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones.

Reports to: Director, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Location: Boston, Massachusetts


  • Build and implement SVCZ program activities and trainings.
  • Monitor the development of project reports; this may include the editing, reviewing, formatting, and production of program documents for internal and external distribution.
  • Coordinate activity planning and implementation, funds disbursement, monitoring and reporting, and facilitating meetings and trainings.
  • Prepare project briefs to inform decision making on project targets and outputs.
  • Oversee programmatic Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) efforts, including project baseline data and indicators.
  • Produce timely and accurate quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and the set up and maintenance of databases to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of M&E data.
  • Prepare informative communication briefs, presentations, and other materials for the Program.
  • Work with selected partners in-country as part of ongoing organizational capacity development efforts to evaluate and improve the systems these partners use to collect, document, and preserve forensic medical evidence of sexual violence and collaborate with other stakeholder groups.
  • Support program development processes, including assisting in the development of funding proposals and new initiatives to support the strategic growth of the program.
  • In consultation with Development colleagues, draft grant proposal and reports, and ensure grant deliverables are being met.
  • Provide organizational and logistical support to programmatic activities to support the collection, documentation, and preservation of forensic medical evidence of sexual violence.
  • Liaise with the 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.


  • Currently possesses appropriate authorization to work in the United States
  • Bachelors’ degree with at least 5 years’ progressive experience in data analysis, research, public health, policy and/or advocacy. Alternatively, a graduate in public health, law, or other relevant subject area with 2-3 years’ years’ progressive experience in data analysis, research, public health, policy and/or advocacy
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; additional languages desirable (especially French, Spanish, or Arabic)
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, including expertize using Excel and Publisher, Adobe Professional, and statistical software packages
  • 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 balance 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 programmatic decision-making. Strong quantitative skills with experience in monitoring and evaluation are a plus
  • Willingness to travel to DRC, Kenya, and elsewhere for project implementation
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and public interest work

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with background and experience. PHR offers a comprehensive and generous benefits package. 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter with your resume and salary requirements to Please include “Program Officer, Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, PRO-17-001” in the subject line of the e-mail. Please indicate where you saw this job posting in your cover letter.

PHR is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. PHR encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

Date Posted: April 3, 2018