MediCapt Toolkit Consultant
Location: Remote, WorldWide
Classification: This is a temporary, part-time consultancy through November 2021, with the possibility of extension.
For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We investigate and document abuses, give voice to survivors and witnesses, and plant seeds of reconciliation by ensuring that perpetrators can be held accountable for their crimes. PHR uses our core disciplines – science, medicine, forensics, and public health – to inform our research and investigations and to strengthen the skills of frontline human rights defenders. We work closely with hundreds of partners around the world, using facts to wage effective advocacy and campaigning and providing critical scientific evidence so that survivors can seek justice.
PHR, which shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to end the scourge of landmines, is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are seeking committed activists with a passion for human rights.
In 2011, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) launched its Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones to confront impunity for widespread sexual violence – used as both a weapon of war and a common crime. Rare cases that made it to court often failed because of insufficient evidence to support survivors’ allegations. In that context, PHR saw medical professionals as powerful change agents and created an initiative to enhance collaboration between medical and legal professionals to collect, document, and analyze forensic evidence to hold perpetrators accountable, and to improve medical care and access to justice for survivors. PHR has been working with doctors, nurses, trauma counsellors, police officers, lawyers, and judges in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to develop comprehensive, standardized methods for collecting forensic evidence of sexual violence to increase the likelihood of effective and successful investigations and prosecutions of these crimes.
But health facilities and police stations using paper-based forms often lack proper storage for secure preservation or officials encounter difficulties traveling distances to transmit or retrieve evidence due to poor roads or lack of access to vehicles, among other complicating factors.
To address these challenges and to leverage mobile phone penetration even in the most resource-constrained environments, PHR has been developing a high-tech solution called MediCapt, a mobile application to help clinicians document forensic evidence of sexual violence during a patient encounter. This app converts a standardized medical intake form to a digital platform and combines it with a secure mobile camera to facilitate forensic photography. Clinicians can use the app to compile evidence, photograph survivors’ injuries, and securely transmit the data to police, lawyers, and judges involved in prosecuting these crimes. Digitizing these forms minimizes the chances of loss, tampering, or theft of medical evidence, while preserving chain of custody.
Our partners in the DRC and Kenya see MediCapt as a solution for yielding stronger evidence, preserving chain of custody, and improving data security and privacy. Among its key features, MediCapt includes sophisticated encryption, cloud data storage, high fidelity to chain of custody standards, and tamper-proof metadata. Significantly, the Android-based app is designed to securely collect data in conflict zones, as well as remote locations where internet connectivity and/or wireless data transmission is limited. PHR has been collaborating with clinicians in the DRC and Kenya to improve MediCapt’s features (offline printing, secure photo capture capacity, and back-end review for quality improvement and assurance). We have also been working with health care facilities to integrate the app into clinical workflows and co-developed implementation protocols. We went “live” with patients in Naivasha, Kenya in 2018 and we will soon pilot with patients for the first time in the DRC.
Reports to: Director, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones
MediCapt is an award-winning application developed by PHR that enables clinicians to document medical evidence of sexual violence cases digitally, capture forensic photographs, and store them securely. Clinician end users are currently using MediCapt with sexual violence survivors in Kenya and soon in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
PHR is developing and implementing a scaling strategy to grow the MediCapt project in partnership with international organizations, humanitarian organizations, and governments. A key piece of the scaling strategy is the MediCapt Toolkit, which is the suite of materials needed to implement the project. The MediCapt Toolkit includes:
The objective of the MediCapt Toolkit is to have final versions of all materials needed to implement the MediCapt project. As part of the MediCapt scaling strategy, PHR anticipates that other organizations will implement the project and the Toolkit will be the one-stop shop for all MediCapt materials. We will publish the MediCapt Toolkit on the PHR website in November 2021.
The MediCapt Toolkit will be published on the PHR website in English and French later this year to accompany the open-source code of the application.
We are looking for a consultant to lead the refinement and finalization of the MediCapt Toolkit.
Landscape assessment of current materials
Work plan for project (and revisions of plan if needed from PHR input)
Draft MediCapt Toolkit
Final MediCapt Toolkit, including feedback from PHR team
Qualifications and Skills
More information about Physicians for Human Rights can be found at www.phr.org.
Please combine your cover letter and resume as a pdf or Word doc and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate your “Last Name/First Name, MediCapt Toolkit Consultant” in the email subject line.
A complete application consists of:
Only complete applications in the format requested and sent to email@example.com will be considered.
Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. We recruit and hire without discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, age, or any other protection afforded by law.