We seek a program officer to lead Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) domestic asylum work and help develop several exciting program collaborations with academic partners. PHR’s Asylum Network consists of over 400 health professionals throughout the United States who offer pro bono forensic evaluations to document evidence of torture and other human rights abuses for immigrants fleeing persecution in their home countries. PHR provides training and support to volunteer physicians, psychologists, and licensed social workers to evaluate the growing number of requests that the Asylum Network receives. PHR has begun to transition the asylum program from an individual service model to one that supports development and training of asylum clinics based in medical schools. This transition will involve implementation of a new data platform that can facilitate efficient case referral, asylum program design, implementation, and monitoring. The program officer will also work to communicate with the existing Asylum Network to develop involvement in several potentially new areas of work, including analysis of conditions of confinement, monitoring attacks on health care workers, and building capacity to document abuse outside the asylum context, both domestically and internationally.
Reports to: Director of Research and Investigations.
- Determine and manage the overall design and implementation of PHR’s asylum program;
- Collaborate with program assistant providing logistical support for asylum work as well as other program work relating to physician/health care worker partners.
- Develop and implement plans for increasing both advocacy and capacity of the PHR health provider network; create new linkages with medical societies, medical schools, and other constituency groups (especially those possessing relevant language skills) for multiple program areas, including the asylum program;
- Oversee and ensure effective operation of the Asylum Network case placement process; develop and implement plans to improve case placement and follow-up process;
- Develop and oversee monitoring, evaluation, and quality control systems;
- Foster good relations between medical school asylum clinics, attorneys, and network members by ensuring strong communication and linkages;
- Provide monitoring and feedback to medical school asylum clinics on their support and development;
- Communicate regularly with Asylum Network members; draft updates on asylum issues and developments, including network accomplishments;
- Build and manage external relationships (local and national organizations engaged in torture treatment, legal service provision, immigration advocacy, and human rights reporting and advocacy) to further the work of the asylum program;
- Work closely with all other staff in the programs team to develop involvement and participation of network physicians/health care workers in other program areas;
- With development staff, develop and draft grant proposals and reports, manage relationships with funders, draft project budgets;
- With communications staff, maximize media exposure of asylum and other programs’ research, advocacy, and other activities; develop, update, and reorganize web content; write blog posts related to asylum law and torture;
- Develops and manages Asylum Program budget and tracks program expenses;
- Provide support to medical/psychology/social work students interested in starting an asylum clinic; develop medical school clinic-specific materials and training curriculums;
- Collect, aggregate, and analyze data received from network members; use data/stories to write reports to UN agencies, other international bodies, and the U.S. government;
- Conduct research of asylum/immigration/torture related topics as needed;
- Provide other programmatic support as needed.
- Advanced degree required; JD or MPH preferred;
- Minimum three years of asylum, immigration, or human rights experience required;
- Experience and skills in project management, communication, and advocacy required, preferably in a human rights, public health, or advocacy setting;
- Experience delivering advocacy and campaign messaging to health professionals;
- Demonstrated commitment to human rights of asylum seekers, other immigrants, and survivors of abuse;
- Exceptional analytical, writing, and verbal skills; superior research skills; experience in public speaking and training is a plus;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with multifaceted organizations;
- Capacity to manage and foster relationships with program stakeholders;
- Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, ability to maintain strict confidentiality, and capacity to be a self-starter;
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and follow-through;
- Significant cross-cultural experience and interpersonal skills;
- Computer/database management proficiency (experience using Salesforce strongly preferred);
- Willingness to travel domestically.
Salary and Benefits
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with background and experience. PHR offers a comprehensive and generous benefits package.
Please submit a cover letter with your resume and salary requirements. Please include “Network Program Officer” in the subject line of the e-mail.
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