Vacancies: National Focal Points

UPDATE: We are still seeking applications for National Focal Points in Brunei, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste. Positions for all other countries have been filled.


Part Time Consultants (20 hours per month) – 11 positions

Background

APHR was founded in June 2013 with the objective of promoting democracy and human rights in all ASEAN states. A member-based organization made up of current and former parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia, APHR represents a regional response to human rights concerns, utilizing the specific characteristics and abilities of its members to advocate for the protection of human rights throughout ASEAN.

APHR is looking to recruit part-time consultants to work as National Focal Points to increase the organization’s effectiveness in outreach and activities in all ASEAN member states.

This is an opportunity for professionals or recent graduates to get involved in one of the region’s most dynamic organizations. Ideal candidates will already be working in the field of human rights, politics, or related areas and can commit to an additional 20 hours a month (4 to 5 hours a week) for APHR work.

If you are self-motivated and eager to support efforts to improve human rights in your country and the region, this could be the position for you.

Prospective candidates from all ASEAN member states – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – as well as Timor-Leste, are encouraged to apply. Candidates will ideally be located in the capital cities of their respective countries.

Remuneration will range from 200-350 USD per calendar month, depending on location.

Position Overview

As the National Focal Point, you will work remotely from your city and remain in direct contact with the APHR Secretariat in Jakarta. Your main role will be to conduct desk research and provide key information and updates on human rights and related parliamentary developments in your country to the APHR Secretariat. You will also be required to respond to other queries and requests from the Secretariat related to the organization of related activities. This could involve communications with and support for APHR members in your country.

The position requires a commitment of around 20 hours per month, with some flexibility (some months will require less, others potentially slightly more).

The desired candidate should be proficient in English, both written and spoken, and have an interest in human rights and politics.

Knowledge of international human rights issues and support for APHR’s ideals as stated in the APHR Charter is highly desirable.

Familiarity and confidence to communicate with members of parliament is desirable.

The selected candidate must be well organized and self-motivated. S/he must commit to being available to communicate with the Secretariat and members of parliament during regular office hours via telephone, email, and messaging apps (such as Skype and WhatsApp).

 

How to Apply

APHR is a dedicated equal opportunities employer and invites applicants of all nationalities based in Southeast Asia to apply. APHR offers competitive salaries and positions are on a yearly fixed-term contract basis with the option of renewal.

Deadline for application: Applications will remain open until the position has been filled. Send your CV/resume and cover letter to jobs@aseanmp.org using the subject line: “Application: National Focal Point (country of position)”. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

Responsibilities

Monthly

  • Monitor human rights developments and agreed target issues, as well as parliamentary activities and human rights-relevant legislation in your country and provide updates to the Secretariat on a monthly basis.
  • Translate monthly newsletters and updates where necessary into local language.
  • Compile a monthly activity report and timesheet to be submitted to the Secretariat.

As required

  • Monitor and provide timely updates on key human rights developments in your country.
  • Help identify and communicate with potential new APHR members (including approaching MPs to take part in APHR events).
  • Regularly update and maintain a database of APHR members in your country.
  • Provide advice and support to the APHR Secretariat and members on APHR-related inquiries.
  • Conduct research activities upon the request of the Secretariat
  • Upon request, act as a liaison between APHR Secretariat and APHR members/ prospective members in your country.
  • Support the Secretariat in compiling information to be used in reports to APHR donors and board members.
  • Attend APHR-related meetings and events where necessary and within reason, taking notes and reporting back to the Secretariat.
  • Translate and disseminate select APHR statements and documents.
  • On occasion, assist the Secretariat and APHR members in making logistical arrangements for APHR-related activities in your country, such as meeting locations, hotels, and other arrangements as needed.

 

Qualifications and Experience

Required

  • Bachelors degree in human rights, law, politics, international development, journalism, or other related field, or equivalent experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Fluency in at least one ASEAN language, including the official language of your designated country.
  • Passionate and demonstrated knowledge of and dedication to human rights values and /or Southeast Asian politics.
  • Self-motivation, self-discipline, and strong research and communication skills.
  • Proficient in basic office computer software programs (such as Microsoft Office, Skype) and smartphone applications (such as WhatsApp).
  • Access to a reliable Internet connection and use of a computer/laptop and smartphone.

Desirable

  • At least two years experience working in a related field, preferably in the field of NGO program management or research in human rights within a Southeast Asian context.
  • Experience working with parliamentarians and/or government and international development agencies.
  • Knowledge of ASEAN human rights instruments and the issues facing the development of a regional human rights mechanism in Southeast Asia
  • Network of contacts in civil society in your country.

 

How to Apply

APHR is a dedicated equal opportunities employer and invites applicants of all nationalities based in Southeast Asia to apply. APHR offers competitive salaries and positions are on a yearly fixed-term contract basis with the option of renewal.

Deadline for application: Applications will remain open until the position has been filled. Send your CV/resume and cover letter to jobs@aseanmp.org using the subject line: “Application: National Focal Point (country of position)”. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.