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Research Associate, Research and Investigations

Reporting to the senior researcher in the research and investigations team, the research associate will be an Arabic language speaker who will principally assist with Arabic-language research for PHR’s online, interactive map of attacks on health care in Syria. The research associate will conductin-depth research and analyze data related to attacks on health care facilities and workers in Syria, working closely with interns, and contributing to other related research as needed.

Reports to: Senior Researcher

Location: New York, NY


Under the direction of the senior researcher, the research associate will:

  • Research and document the human rights situation in areas covered by the research & investigations team, specifically conducting Arabic-language, open-source research on attacks on health care in Syria.
  • Assist in the organization of research and maintain methodological adherence.
  • Collaborate closely with investigations staff in analyzing data trends..
  • Maintain the integrity of a database containing sensitive human rights data.
  • Draft objective and accurate briefing papers, op-eds, letters, press releases and other reports as directed.
  • Liaise effectively and professionally with domestic and international human rights groups and defenders in PHR’s network as directed.
  • Train and supervize research & investigations interns, including the review of research produced.
  • Respond promptly to queries and requests for information from PHR colleagues and external parties where appropriate.
  • Work closely with the finance department to manage and track programmatic expenditures including building budgets for grants, submitting purchase orders, and administering reimbursements.
  • Work with the development team to provide subject matter input into grant proposals.
  • Coordinate the logistics of domestic and overseas travel and events.
  • Facilitate the hiring of independent contractors and ensure fees are paid in a timely manner.
  • On occasion, travel domestically and overseas as required in relation to research or advocacy work or to attend meetings.
  • Assist with other research and programmatic support as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree as a minimum
  • Fluency in spoken and written Arabic required
  • At least two years of demonstrated research, analytical, and writing experience
  • Prior experience working with traumatic material recommended
  • Interest in and experience with database management desirable
  • Experience directly or indirectly supervising staff preferred

Skills and Qualities

  • Strong interest in and commitment to human rights principles and values
  • Interest in and knowledge of international humanitarian law a plus
  • Knowledge of the Syrian conflict preferred
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through a must
  • Proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint
  • Energetic self-starter with proven ability to work effectively under pressure
  • A strong team player who demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, creativity, flexibility, passion for the program mission, patience, and a good sense of humor
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency and comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with multiple stakeholders and organizations

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 the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. 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 10, 2018