Vacancy: National Focal Point – Thailand

Part Time Consultancy (20 hours per month)

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 a part-time consultant based in Thailand to work as a National Focal Point for the organization’s work there.

This is an opportunity for a professional or recent graduate to get involved in one of the region’s most dynamic organizations. The ideal candidate will already be working in the field of human rights, politics, or a related area 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 Thailand and the region, this could be the position for you.

Candidates will ideally be located in Bangkok; native Thai language fluency is required.

Remuneration will range from 250-350 USD per calendar month, depending on experience and qualifications.

Position Overview

As the National Focal Point, you will work remotely 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-related developments in Thailand to the 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 Thailand.

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 politicians representing a range of political affiliations and viewpoints 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 APHR members during regular office hours via telephone, email, and messaging apps.

 

How to Apply

APHR is a dedicated equal opportunities employer and invites applicants of all nationalities based in Thailand 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, Thailand”. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

Responsibilities

Monthly

  • Monitor human rights developments and agreed target issues, as well as human rights-relevant legislation in Thailand and provide updates to the Secretariat on a monthly basis;
  • Update the Secretariat on the activities and engagement of APHR members in Thailand;
  • 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

  • Help identify and communicate with potential new APHR members (including approaching former MPs to take part in APHR events);
  • Translate and disseminate select APHR statements and documents;
  • Monitor and provide timely updates on key human rights developments in Thailand;
  • Regularly update and maintain a database of APHR members in Thailand;
  • 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 Thailand;
  • 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;
  • On occasion, assist the Secretariat and APHR members in making logistical arrangements for APHR-related activities in Thailand, 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;
  • Native fluency in written and spoken Thai;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • 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 or politicians 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 Thailand.

 

How to Apply

APHR is a dedicated equal opportunities employer and invites applicants of all nationalities based in Thailand 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, Thailand”. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.