MediCapt Director

at Physicians for Human Rights
Published April 16, 2024
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  


PHR is excited to bring on board a leader to direct the scaling and implementation of MediCapt, the award winning mobile app, which will deepen and widen the impact of this recognized initiative, and strengthen access to justice for thousands of survivors of sexual violence and torture around the world. The MediCapt Director is a member of PHR’s Senior Management Team, and is responsible for overseeing the MediCapt project and team, including providing strategic vision, guidance, and leading the growth, expansion, and implementation of the project. Our new team member will help PHR refine its scaling strategy and business model identify new partnerships, secure new resources for the project, and set up the MediCapt project and team for success in the current stage of implementation in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The MediCapt Director will also lead the global scale-up of Medicapt to achieve our 2030 goals. We are looking for an experienced, entrepreneurial visionary and collaborator who will mobilize and work with a broad group of constituents, and also manage a team that will deliver on the complex day-to-day operations of the initiative.

MediCapt is at an exciting inflection point where it is poised for scaling. The app has been successfully piloted across select sites in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, demonstrating proof of concept and the positive outcomes and impact of the application in these considerably different contexts. In the next phase of the project, PHR will launch a scaling plan to sustainably scale MediCapt nationally in Kenya as well as in new geographies to widen its reach and impact.

In PHR’s scaling vision, the MediCapt team, under the MediCapt Director’s leadership, will pursue strategic partnerships with multilateral organizations as well as governments and humanitarian organizations to document, securely store, and transmit forensic evidence of sexual violence and torture to strengthen accountability for these violations.


Lead the development and implementation of a results focused strategy to meet the goal of deploying Medicapt in multiple countries and supporting thousands of survivors of sexual violence.
Oversee the implementation of the national scaling strategy in Kenya and develop scaling strategies for national implementation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and new geographies.
Serve as a global representative of PHR and the MediCapt project, including with donors, potential scaling partners, the media, and at international conferences and other venues.
In collaboration with PHR’s Development team, develop and execute a MediCapt resource-mobilization and fundraising strategy, including identifying and pursuing new funding opportunities, building relationships with new donors, and working closely with the Development team to draft proposals and other donor materials.
Design, develop and implement plans for scaling processes, refining the business model and go-to-market strategy, developing, and testing the costing model.
Identify and build strategic partnerships with global scaling partners and champions for the project, including humanitarian organizations, international organizations, and governments.
Manage and mentor a high-functioning team of staff, expert consultants, and collaborate closely with the volunteer Technical Advisory Board to implement the MediCapt project.
Oversee the implementation of MediCapt-related grants and ensure the timely and high-quality execution of grant deliverables.
Collaborate with PHR’s departmental leaders to advance organizational change to prepare the organization for scale, including advising senior leadership on the programmatic and operational shifts necessary for scaling.
Expand the membership of the Technical Advisory Board to include new skills and expertise.
As the lead focal point with the Technical Advisory Board (TAB), manage and convene meetings and engage the TAB regularly.
Oversee and manage the MediCapt Technical Project Manager to advance the technical aspects of the project.
Lead on identifying and mitigating challenges in scaling including ethical issues, data protection and data security, and quality assurance and quality control.
Monitor and share developments in the global human rights tech and digital health landscape.


Advanced degree in public health, medicine, business administration/international project management, law, human rights, or similar field;
Minimum of 10+ years of progressive experience in program development and implementation of complex programs;
Hands-on experience scaling innovative projects in humanitarian contexts, ideally digital human rights, development, access to justice, or global health tools;
Knowledge or experience in sexual violence, international justice, human rights, and/or women’s rights is a plus;
Demonstrated experience managing global teams and commitment to mentorship and supporting teams;
Experience in fundraising, budget management, grant management, and donor relations;
Able and willing to travel domestically and internationally, including to remote, rural, conflict, or post-conflict zones in Africa, Asia, Europe, and/or Latin America;
Previous experience working in resource-constrained environments and conflict-affected regions is a plus.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

Passion for and demonstrated experience successfully scaling innovation and growing projects from pilot stage;
Experience with health systems, digital health projects, interoperability, and/or mobile apps;
Experience in leading and managing teams;
Robust networks in key international organizations, humanitarian organizations, and governments and ability to build relationships with target partners;
Experience raising capital with private sector partners;
Experience with open-source technology projects;
Superb oral and written communication skills;

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