Physicians for Human Rights Program Officer, Sexual Violence Conflict Zones Jobs in Kenya

Physicians for Human Rights Program Officer, Sexual Violence Conflict Zones Jobs in Kenya


  • Support management and implementation of the program activities in Kenya, as well as in the DRC and/or additional priority countries as needed;

  • Coordinate sexual violence-related advocacy activities at the national, regional, and international levels including supporting development of advocacy strategies, identifying advocacy partners and supporting partner consortia, preparing for advocacy meetings, and drafting advocacy-oriented submissions;

  • Support litigation and case management, including communication with local counsel, coordination with partners and petitioners, drafting and editing of legal briefs, and other legal research as needed to promote positive norm-setting as well as to support legal cases;

  • Coordinate and implement programmatic efforts to strengthen access to justice for survivors of sexual violence, including execution of capacity development initiatives, support for networks of multisectoral professionals, utilization of PHR innovation such as our mobile application MediCapt, and research;

  • Provide overall project management to projects and activities including organizing processes, developing and implementing workplans, managing meetings, facilitating communications across different groups/teams, and updating on project progress as needed;

  • Work with SVCZ team to track program progress through management tools, annual work plans, and monitoring and evaluation data relevant to specific program activities;

  • Develop and manage detailed budgets; help monitor programmatic and grant-specific expenditures; and assist in budget tracking and reporting to funders/donors, ensuring adherence to timelines and spending guidelines;

  • Provide subject matter input and materials necessary to draft grant proposals;

  • Assist the team to maintain relationships with key stakeholders and other external parties;

  • Monitor human rights and sexual violence issues, keeping SVCZ team informed of real-time developments;

  • Travel independently and/or as part of a team internationally as needed, including to the countries where PHR has offices, to support program activities;

  • Any other general project-related and programmatic support, as needed


  • Law degree with at least 5 years’ progressive experience in capacity building, research, policy and/or advocacy utilizing international human rights law, international humanitarian law, or international criminal law to
    promote justice and accountability for sexual and gender-based violence;

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili, French language ability is an asset;

  • Excellent writing, legal research, and editing skills with a strong ability to translate complex, technical issues into accessible language for wider audiences;

  • Experience supporting the design and implementation of advocacy strategies at the international, regional, and/or national level;

  • Experience conducting capacity development activities or supporting networks;

  • Demonstrated project management and budget/expense tracking experience;

  • Effective and inclusive advocate comfortable working in cross-cultural settings;

  • Adaptable, resourceful, and detailed oriented, with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;

  • Willingness to travel within Kenya, to DRC, and elsewhere for project implementation

    Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

  • Ability to engage colleagues, experts, stakeholders, and partners in a professional manner;

  • Strong work ethic with the willingness to take initiative and proactively identify problems and develop solutions;

  • Well-organized and able to effectively balance competing priorities and competing deadlines;

  • Analytical skills, with an ability to analyze data collected and inform programmatic decision- making. Strong quantitative skills with experience in monitoring and evaluation are a plus;

  • Demonstrated passion for PHR’s mission, and commitment to human rights and public interest work;

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, including expertise in using Excel

    How to Apply

    Please email cover letter and resume to Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and where you saw this job posting in the email body.

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