at Physicians for Human Rights
Published January 25, 2024
Location Brussels, Belgium
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  
Base Salary $120,000
Salary Units Year


Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks a consulting Director of Development & Advocacy for Europe for the period of one year with the possibility of permanent hire.

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.

PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.

Role Description
We are seeking an accomplished and strategic Director of Development and Advocacy for Europe to lead our organization's efforts in securing funding and building influential partnerships with European bilateral, multilateral, institutional and other donors. With a deep understanding of human rights issues and affinity for PHR’s mission, the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission, expanding our donor base, and advocating for health and human rights policies that align with PHR’s goals, principally in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Development and Fundraising
Strategic Planning: In collaboration with the Development team, help craft and implement a comprehensive development strategy tailored to engage European bilateral, multilateral, and other donors. Align the strategy with PHR’s mission and long-term objectives.
Donor Relations: Cultivate and nurture robust relationships with key representatives from European government agencies, European Union institutions, foundations, international organizations, and other donors. Identify new funding opportunities and engage donors in our mission.
Fundraising: Raise organizational and project grants from donors based in Europe. With support from PHR’s Program and Development teams, develop compelling grant proposals, manage grant applications, and oversee donor stewardship activities.
Collaboration and Partnerships: Identify and foster strategic collaborations and partnerships with Europe-based donors that enhance our impact and sustainability. Foster collaboration with other Europe-based organizations, CSOs, and other stakeholders to leverage resources and expertise.
Reporting and Impact Assessment: With support from Program and Development colleagues, oversee the preparation of regular reports and updates tailored to Europe-based donors showcasing PHR’s accomplishments, impact, and progress toward goals. Continuously monitor and assess the effectiveness of Development and Advocacy strategies.

As requested to capitals across Europe for fund-raising and advocacy, occasionally to field missions (e.g. Kenya, DRC, Iraq etc.) and at least once a year to PHR’s headquarters in New York.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
Master's degree in a relevant field.
Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising and donor relations with European bilateral and multilateral donors.
In-depth understanding of international development and advocacy trends, European donor priorities and grant application and reporting procedures.
Strong grasp of European human rights advocacy and policy engagement at both the regional and UN levels.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas effectively.
A self-starter, able to work independently and in close collaboration with diverse global teams.
Proficiency in budget management and financial oversight.
Outstanding networking and relationship-building capabilities.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and donor management software.

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