Program Assistant

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Physicians for Human Rights

Published 20 days ago

Organization Description

For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to severe human rights violations around the world.

A global organization founded on the idea that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to advocate against human rights violations, PHR shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its contributions to the international effort to ban landmines.

PHR’s investigations and expertise are used to document mass atrocities, advocate for the protection of persecuted health workers and medical facilities under attack, prevent torture, and hold those who violate human rights accountable. 

PHR is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are seeking committed activists with a passion for human rights.

Job Description -                                           

Program Assistant

One such position is that of program assistant, whose responsibilities focus primarily on providing support to the director of programs in the operation of PHR’s program division, and in the implementation of programmatic activities. Core functions of this role include providing high-quality logistic, operational, administrative, and office coordination, as well as programmatic support.

Reports to:Director of Programs

Location:Headquarters, New York, NY 

This position is grant-dependent. Under the terms of the grant, this position will start immediately and is estimated to last for up to one year. Any continuation beyond that point would be dependent upon securing additional grant-specific funding.


Administrative Support

·             Provide administrative support, such as scheduling, taking minutes at meetings, and creating and maintaining filingsystems.

·             Draft letters, reports, and other communications as needed.

·             Process internal financial reporting, accounting, and program expenses, and track spend-downof program expenses, including consultant contracts, purchase orders, andothers.

·             Handlelogisticsforstaffandconsultanttravel, includingsecurityprotocols,travellogistics,travel schedules, visas and travel documents, and other necessaryitems.

·             Procure, maintain, and track supplies for the program, and manage and oversee complex supply inventory in multiple offices.

·             Actasthe programs division’spointpersonformanagementanduseofdatacollectedandstoredinSalesForce.

Research Support

·        Conduct editorial tasks, such as proofreading, fact checking, andreferencing.

·        Conduct background research on key areas of interest pertaining to humanrights.

·        Monitor emerging human rights issues in those areas covered by PHR’s programs, including collectingandanalyzinginformationfromawiderangeofsourcessuchasgovernments,NGOs, media, andothers.

Programmatic Support

·        Writeobjectiveandaccurateblogposts,helpingfeedsocialmedia/advocacychannels,and monitor social media, in collaboration with the communicationsdepartment.

·        Help with the hiring and supervision of interns in coordination with the rest of the programteam.

·        Anyothergeneral programmaticsupportasneeded,includingintheareasoftraining,research, and technologydevelopment.

Training Development and Capacity Building

·        Prepare and update materials such as PowerPoint presentations and evaluation forms for trainingsandconferences,includingensuringqualitycontrolformaterialsproducedbythird-party vendors.

·        Set up distance learning sessions, including webinars orworkshops.

·        Assist in the development of learning content for human rights and forensicstrainings.

·        Gather and evaluate training program metrics for trends and qualityimprovement.

Qualifications and Experience of the Ideal Candidate

•        Bachelor’s degree as aminimum.

•        Onetotwoyears’demonstratedresearch,analytical,andwritingexperience,preferablyinahuman rights or other internationalNGO.

•        Comfortable and versatile using Google apps, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and  Outlook.

•        Fluency in a second language is aplus.

•        Knowledge of expense-management systems, especially Concur, and use of SalesForce, aplus.

•        Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with multiple stakeholders andorganizations.

•        Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple workflows and deliver in a timelyfashion.

Skills and Qualities of the Ideal Candidate

•        Genuine interest in and commitment to human rights principles andvalues.

•        Energetic self-starter with the ability to anticipate upcoming needs and work with minimal supervision.

•        Strong analytical, writing, verbal,and organizational skills, attention to detail, andfollow-through.

•        Professional team player with mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, and strict confidentiality.

•        Ability to cope with exposure to graphic and disturbing human rights violationcontent.

•        Willingness to work flexible hours in response to emerging and urgentevents.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in New York City, or remotely during Covid. 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 email cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Kindly indicate where you saw this job posting in your cover letter.

Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.

For more information about PHR, please visit our website at   

Organization Description

For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to severe human rights violations around the world.

A global organization founded on the idea…

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  • 4-Year Degree Required


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