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Researcher, Middle East North Africa

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) seeks an experienced researcher to document and expose health-related violations of human rights and humanitarian law in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with a focus on Syria and Yemen.

Reporting to the director of research and investigations, the researcher is a fluent Arabic speaker who will conduct interviews and analyze data related to a range of violations, including attacks on health care facilities, blocking of humanitarian aid, and the health consequences of conflicts.

The researcher represents PHR’s MENA work with the media, advocacy targets, and other partners, in coordination with PHR’s advocacy and communications teams. The researcher coordinates the MENA work in close collaboration with the director of research and investigations.

Reports to: Director of Research and Investigations

Location: New York, NY


  • Organize and/or take part in fact-finding field missions, including preparing security assessments; travel the U.S. and beyond as required for research/advocacy work
  • Provide timely, well-substantiated, and objective analysis and expertise on the MENA region internally and externally
  • Produce research materials (reports, issue briefs, policy papers, correspondence with governmental and inter-governmental agencies, etc) and communications content (press releases, briefing papers, opinion pieces, blogs, etc) based on research findings
  • Represent PHR, specifically PHR’s Syria/Yemen work, to and liaise with external audiences, including the media, human rights groups, medical professionals, inter-governmental organizations, other advocacy targets in public/private fora
  • Work closely with the advocacy and communications departments to develop and implement impact-driven strategies that bring about change; work with the development and finance department to provide subject matter input into grant proposals, manage and track programmatic deliverables and expenditures, among other tasks
  • Collaborate closely with other PHR research staff in analyzing trends in data and support the research and investigations director in coordinating the work of the MENA team, with a view to streamline research output, ensure methodological adherence, and maintain the integrity of a database containing sensitive human rights data
  • Coordinate the training and supervision of research interns (including research review), facilitate the hiring and managing of independent contractors when needed; assist with other research and programmatic support as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Graduate degree in law, international relations, journalism or social sciences a plus
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and verbal skills in English
  • Fluency in spoken Arabic required; fluent written Arabic strongly preferred
  • Minimum four years of research/writing experience, ideally related to human rights and humanitarian issues in the MENA region; prior experience with Syria/Yemen is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically how research can change policies/practices
  • Media/public speaking skills; ability to convey human rights issues to many audiences
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail and follow-through
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, creativity, resourcefulness, flexibility, sound judgement
  • Passion for PHR’s mission and experience working collaboratively, effectively, and
  • professionally under pressure with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds/experiences
  • Proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise on health; background experience working medical and scientific community
  • Prior work with graphic and sensitive human rights material (testimonies, images, videos)
  • Experience directly or indirectly supervising staff

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in New York City. Salary is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter (with compensation requirements) and resume to, including "Researcher, MENA, PRO-18-001" in the subject line. Please indicate where you saw this job posting in your cover letter. The deadline is rolling, but applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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: February 26, 2018