Physicians for Human Rights Kenya Head of Office Jobs in Kenya

Physicians for Human Rights Kenya Head of Office Jobs in Kenya

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

PHR, which shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work to end the scourge of landmines, uses its investigations and expertise to advocate for persecuted health workers and facilities under attack, prevent torture and sexual violence, document mass atrocities, and hold those who violate human rights accountable.

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

One such role will be the Kenya Head of Office. This position is responsible for the advancement of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (the “Program”) in Kenya.

S/he represents PHR to government, local, and international partners; develops and manages partnerships with individual and institutional collaborators; conducts advocacy; and coordinates and leads forensic trainings to enhance collaboration among medical, law enforcement, and legal personnel, with the goal of supporting prosecutions and accountability for sexual violence in Kenya.

PHR's Kenya Head of Office will work in collaboration with the US-based teams to create awareness of and accountability for sexual violence in Kenya that leads to impactful action.

Reports to: Director of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Location: Nairobi, Kenya


  • Lead a dynamic team of professional staff, consultants, and volunteers to develop and carry out work to advance PHR and the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones’ objectives in Kenya.
  • Provide leadership in conceptualization, implementation, and expansion of the Program in Kenya including new locations, new partners and initiatives, and in accordance with PHR’s vision, program design and policy, and strategic planning.
  • Represent PHR with government, media, local and international partners; serve as a key advocate for the Program and PHR, including at local, regional, and international forums and conferences.
  • Develop and manage partnerships with individual and institutional collaborators; maintain liaison with the Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Coordination Board, Kenya Revenue Authority, and other regulatory agencies on behalf of PHR.
  • Identify and cultivate funders for new programmatic areas; assist in development of grant proposals; nurture donor relationships; write reports on Program implementation and achievements for funders and other external or internal stakeholders.
  • Monitor and report out to teams on pertinent human rights issues, legal and policy developments, and key advocacy opportunities.
  • Write reports and blog posts, and contribute to publications, web and social media content.
  • Support curriculum development and train on aspects of management of sexual violence curriculum in Kenya, and manage the Program’s involvement in strategic litigation, as needed.
  • Develop strategies for new and existing Program initiatives including MediCapt, research, training of trainers, and institutional capacity development.
  • Liaise regularly with the Program Director and team, Communications, Advocacy, Development, Finance, and Operations departments to ensure effective Program delivery.
  • Oversee the efficient day-to-day operation of the Kenya Office, and supervise and mentor office staff.
  • With the Program Director, identify, hire and supervise project contractors and consultants.
  • Work with the Kenya and Program team to
    develop annual operational budgets and plans to support objectives; oversee development, management, and monitoring of the Program and grant budgets in connection with initiatives to ensure adherence to timelines, spending guidelines, and grant requirements; review and ensure all financial reports are accurate, timely, and up to date.
  • Maintain liaison with and coordinate the Kenya Board of Directors; organizing its Annual General Meeting and keeping it informed of Program updates and developments.
  • Oversee and ensure PHR Kenya office, staff, contractors’, and consultants’ compliance with local taxation, employment and NGO laws and regulations, in coordination with Finance and Operations.
  • Carry out other functions requested by the Program Director.


  • Advanced degree in law, international relations, public health, journalism, social sciences, or related field.
  • At least 8 years progressive experience at nonprofit or international organizations, foundations, or government agencies, with significant experience in a leadership or project management position.
  • Extensive experience in international human rights or related work including capacity development and training, investigations and reporting, and advocacy.
  • Experience with strategic planning and program design, development, and implementation.
  • Competence with quantitative and qualitative data.


  • Oral and written fluency in English mandatory, proficiency in another language desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge of international and human rights law, global advocacy, and international and national justice mechanisms.
  • Excellent writing/editing skills; demonstrated ability to defend and explain complex issues and translate information about them to broad audiences including senior officials and intergovernmental bodies.
  • Able to execute multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities and adhering to deadlines.
  • Effective and inclusive leader comfortable working in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Can stay focused under pressure, deliver against timelines, and effectively manage tasks/time limitations.
  • A self-starter, self-disciplined with spark, imagination, and creativity.
  • Comfortable dealing with the media and public speaking.
  • Able to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, creativity, flexibility, passion for the program mission, patience, and a good sense of humor.
  • Able to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with multiple stakeholders and organizations.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through a must.
  • Passion and commitment to human rights and a demonstrated passion for PHR’s mission.

    Salary and Benefits

  • This is a full-time position located in Nairobi, Kenya. Salary is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits including medical, retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.

    How to Apply

  • Please send an 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. Please indicate where you saw this job posting in your cover letter.
  • Physcians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. Apply by 25th February, 2019

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