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Senior Researcher

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of senior researcher. The senior researcher will be a key member of the research and investigations team and will work to document and expose war crimes and mass atrocities. This person will frequently conduct field investigations with doctors and forensic or public health experts. This position monitors global human rights issues, participates in emergency field investigations, cultivates networks of contacts among local and international stakeholders, writes reports and communications materials, and conducts advocacy briefings. The candidate must have strong field experience, a proven record of writing timely reports, and extensive knowledge of human rights and humanitarian law.

The senior researcher reports to the director of programs and is based in our New York City headquarters. This position requires international travel.

Reports to: Director of Programs

Location: New York, NY

Responsibilities Include:

  • Research, document, and expose mass atrocities and other grave violations of human rights in target countries through the systematic collection and analysis of information from eye-witnesses, survivors, local and international organizations, media, government officials, and other field sources
  • Monitor global human rights issues and emerging conflicts and make informed recommendations as appropriate for organizational engagement; contextualize rights violations within the broader political, historical, and social environments in target countries
  • Write timely, well-substantiated, and compelling reports on human rights and humanitarian rights violations; write additional communications materials (i.e. briefing papers, opinion pieces, and correspondence with governments and intergovernmental agencies) stemming from research findings
  • Ensure that PHR’s research methods comport with the highest standards; ensure confidentiality and informed consent; and safeguard research data and forensic evidence
  • Build networks of local and international contacts in target countries
  • Be able to work flexible hours and to respond to crises and urgent situations
  • Travel internationally as required to conduct fact-finding investigations and engage in advocacy
  • Help implement and carry out other functions requested by the director of programs

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in international relations, public health, journalism, law, social sciences, or related field is desirable
  • Extensive research experience in international human rights or related work including investigations, reporting, and advocacy
  • Ability to conduct interviews effectively and with sensitivity among a wide range of people, including victims and witnesses
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and demonstrated ability to defend and explain complex issues and translate information about them to broad audiences, including senior officials and intergovernmental bodies
  • Strong initiative and follow-through with demonstrated ability to multi-task and work quickly under pressure and short deadline
  • Sound political judgment and familiarity with international human rights law, global advocacy, and international justice mechanisms
  • Ability to travel internationally and work in conflict zones is required
  • Experience working and/or living outside of the United States is required
  • A team-oriented person with a passion for human rights, excellent judgment, maturity, creativity, and flexibility

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter (with compensation requirements) and resume to resumes [at] phrusa [dot] org. Include “Senior Researcher Ref PRO-15-001” in the subject line.


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: May 27, 2015