Rights of Marginalized Groups of Women, including Women Marginalized by Borders
The International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW AP) is seeking a Programme Officer who will contribute to the organisation’s overall strategy by ensuring operationalization of IWRAW AP’s programmes on rights of marginalized groups of women. The programme officer will also coordinate a new project seeking to advance an intersectional, diverse and inclusive political vision of CEDAW by bringing together nine key organizations and networks seeking to advance gender equality from diverse perspectives and representing LGBT persons, indigenous women, refugees, women impacted by drug policies, women with disabilities and sex workers in Asia. Additionally, the programme officer will support implementation of IWRAW AP’s organizational strategy on Interrogating Borders and their Impact on Women’s Human Rights.
IWRAW AP has a strong commitment to ensuring diversity in our structures and maintaining a working environment free of discrimination. We offer a competitive salary and a stimulating and supportive working environment. For this position in particular, we strongly encourage young feminist activists from the Southeast Asia region to apply.
Due to movement and other border controls arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the position can initially begin on the basis of remote working with a requirement to relocate once circumstances permit.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Programme Officer will report directly to IWRAW Asia Pacific’s Executive Director and will work closely with other members of the team, especially the Programme Managers, Communications Officer and Finance Manager.
Programme Development and Implementation
● Contribute to the conceptualisation, planning, coordination, and follow-up of the overall strategy of IWRAW Asia Pacific, particularly the cross-cutting portfolio on rights of marginalized groups of women and the programme portfolio of interrogating borders and their impact on women’s human rights.
● Contribute to the coordination and implementation of a consortium-based project on intersectionality (intersectionality project), gender equality and CEDAW, with extensive components of capacity building, knowledge building, regional and national advocacy, and movement building.
● Support the implementation of the organizational programme strategy on interrogating borders and their impact on women’s human rights, particularly focusing on issues of migration and trafficking.
● Develop resources and materials and plan external communications for sharing them with the portfolio’s and intersectionality project’s different constituencies.
● Develop and nurture a pool of resource persons and experts who can provide strategic support to the relevant portfolios’ and intersectionality project’s activities.
● Serve as a resource person on behalf of IWRAW Asia Pacific in the organisation’s convenings, capacity-building activities, advocacy, and knowledge creation work, as well as represent, when required, the organisation at conferences, workshops, meetings and other networking events.
● Coordinate and respond to requests for information, technical assistance, training and support related to various initiatives and fora to build capacity of national NGOs.
● Review and input issues relevant to the programme portfolio on rights of marginalized groups of women in the Strategic Plan for 2020-2024. Prepare a strategy paper on the programme portfolio for sharing within the organisation and its governance bodies, the Board of Directors and the Advisory Committee.
● Work closely with national and regional partners, women’s rights organisations and other human rights organizations to fulfill IWRAW AP’s organizational goals and the objectives of the intersectionality project.
● Represent IWRAW AP in collaborative and networking platforms (serving as focal point).
● Develop and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders such as UN representatives, governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
● Monitor the implementation of the portfolio and the intersectionality project, its impact and its contribution to the five-year strategy.
● Coordinate the documentation and learning components of the intersectionality project.
● Prepare narrative reports on the portfolio in general, and specific reports for the intersectionality project as required.
● Participate in IWRAW Asia Pacific’s From Global to Local (G2L) programme and the Global South Women’s Forum when required.
● Develop funding proposals, manage project budgets, liaise with relevant funders, coordinate narrative and financial reporting for specific projects.
● Undertake any other activities assigned by the organisation, such as contributing to other Programme Officers’ areas of work where required, or jointly coordinating activities that are assigned with other Programme Officers.
● Be willing to take on other responsibilities as requested by the Programme Managers.
● Be prepared to travel outside Malaysia, once conditions allow.
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
Qualifications and experience
● A deep commitment to advancing women’s human rights and knowledge of feminist movement building.
● A strong intersectional analysis with a particular emphasis on gender justice or proven interest in developing expertise in this area.
● Academic degree in law, gender studies or related social science fields from a recognised university.
● 3-5 years of experience working at a national or regional organization working in the areas of women’s rights and human rights. Specific experience of coordinating consortium or multi-stakeholder projects is highly desirable.
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required. Knowledge of other languages is desirable.
● Experience working with diverse groups and an ability to invite people into the process and make space for diverse perspectives and experiences.
● Demonstrated capacity to be self-directed and work collaboratively with external partners.
Qualities and skills
● A people person who is skilled at relationship building and holding space for connection and engagement.
● A self-motivated person who is capable of working independently and is also enthusiastic about collaboration and teamwork.
● Adaptable with a good sense of humor.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit an application consisting of a 1-page cover letter and 2-page CV highlighting relevant past experience by 21 May 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org, with Programme Officer- Rights of Marginalized Groups of Women, in the subject line. We expect interviews to be held the week of 31 May 2021 and anticipate a start date of approximately 15 June 2021.
ABOUT IWRAW ASIA PACIFIC
The International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW AP)‘s vision is of a world in which everyone enjoys human rights and fundamental freedoms on the basis of equality without discrimination. We are a women’s rights, feminist organisation committed to the full realisation of women’s human rights through the pursuit of equality. Together with other organisations in the women’s human rights movement we act to challenge structures, systems and institutions that violate women’s human rights. We engage in movement building that amplifies women’s voices and activism to create alternative political narratives and spaces.
Our politics push us to disrupt the forces of right-wing populism and extremism, corporate and state capture by organising, mobilising and collaboratively building with women’s groups a body of political knowledge and analysis, so as to demand accountability of state and non-state actors in respect of women’s human rights and gender equality. Our work is rooted in feminist values of diversity and inclusion, equality and non-discrimination, respect and integrity, and in the value of recognising the personal strength of women and girls in terms of having faith in ourselves and in other women.
IWRAW AP works through a team of 12 women based in Kuala Lumpur, and a network of women’s rights activists who act as resource persons for the organisation’s work. IWRAW AP’s team members are expected to have an active personal and professional commitment to the advancement of women’s human rights, and to subscribe to IWRAW AP’s core values of diversity and inclusion, equality and non-discrimination, respect, integrity and intersectionality. Members of the team are required to commit to our Policy on Addressing the Needs of Marginalised Women and to our Child Protection Policy.