Fortify Rights Job Vacancy: Malaysia Human Rights Specialist – Bangkok, Thailand

Posting Job


January 2, 2019

Expired Job


June 16, 2019



Organization Overview
Rights works to ensure human rights for all. We support human rights
defenders and affected communities, investigate human rights violations,
and engage people with power on solutions. We believe in the influence
of evidence-based research, the power of strategic truth telling, and
the importance of working in close collaboration with individuals,
communities, and movements pushing for change. Fortify Rights is an
independent, nonprofit organization based in Southeast Asia and
registered in the United States and Switzerland.

Position Overview:
Human Rights Specialist conducts independent human rights research and
documentation, engages with decision-makers and relevant stakeholders,
and works collaboratively with human rights defenders and affected
communities to strengthen and support local initiatives. S/he leads the
strategic direction of Fortify Rights’ work in Malaysia and thematic
issues. The Human Rights Specialist monitors human rights developments
in Malaysia and serves as a focal point for representing the
organization and providing credible information on human rights
situations. S/he develops positive working relationships with human
rights defenders and affected communities and provides tailored, ongoing
technical support, including trainings and workshops, to strengthen the
work of partner organizations. The Human Specialist reports to a
regional Legal Director and receives strategic direction and technical
oversight from the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.


  • In collaboration with Fortify Rights’ technical team and leadership,
    develop a concrete and coherent country strategy for Malaysia aimed at
    ensuring and defending human rights for all through independent research
    and documentation, multi-level stakeholder engagement, and customized
    technical support to human rights defenders.
  • Identify and
    investigate priority human rights issues in Malaysia through interviews,
    focus group discussions, site visits, document collection, secondary
    research, and other forms of both qualitative and quantitative evidence
    collection in line with best practices.
  • Analyze and document
    human rights violations through written material and audio/visual
    mediums—in collaboration with the Multimedia Specialist—for both public
    and private distribution. Provide sound analysis of research findings
    within the framework of international human rights and humanitarian law
    along with concrete recommendations to address specific violations.
  • Monitor human rights practices and serve as a credible, reliable source
    of human rights information, both internally and externally.
  • Draft and edit original written material, including internal or private
    memorandums, letters to governments or other stakeholders, press
    releases, long-form reports, submissions to the United Nations or other
    international bodies, op-eds, articles, and/or blogs, in a timely
  • Conduct strategic advocacy with government officials,
    elected representatives, members of the diplomatic community,
    representatives of U.N. and other international agencies,
    representatives of non-governmental organizations, and other key
    decision-makers, influencers, and stakeholders with a view towards
    addressing human rights concerns and improving the human rights
  • Represent the organization on human rights issues.
    Engage regularly with local and mainstream news media outlets, including
    online, print, television, radio, and other platforms. Respond in a
    timely and professional manner to requests for comments, interviews, and
    assistance from members of the media.
  • Develop positive and
    supportive relationships with human rights defenders, organizations, and
    affected communities. Identify key partners to work with on a sustained
    basis to strengthen local responses to human rights abuses.
  • Work with partners to identify objectives and develop strategies,
    reinforce strengths, and address weaknesses. Develop and conduct
    tailored trainings or participatory workshops, assist with research and
    documentation efforts, and implement other tasks to respond to the needs
    identified by partners.
  • Work closely with the Partnerships
    Manager and executive leadership to contribute to fundraising and
    monitoring and evaluation processes. Contribute to timely reporting
    through regular monitoring and reporting on project activities and
    support the Partnerships Manager in tracking and gathering data to
    evaluate the progress of projects.
  • Work closely in
    collaboration with the Fortify Rights team to ensure effectiveness,
    scale the organization’s impact, and ensure sustainability.
  • Perform other tasks as requested.
  • Post-graduate degree in relevant fields or comparable work experience.
    Law degree preferred. At least five years of experience in human rights
    research, documentation, strategic advocacy, and engagement.
  • Excellent knowledge on the human rights situation in Malaysia.
    Experience researching and analyzing complex human rights issues in
    Malaysia. Demonstrated ability to produce high quality written material
    in a timely manner.
  • Solid understanding of human rights and
    humanitarian law, and ability to apply human rights and humanitarian law
    frameworks to documented situations of abuse.
  • Strong
    communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to effectively
    communicate with a wide range of people, including survivors and
    witnesses of abuse, media, government and high- ranking officials, U.N.
    and non-governmental organization representatives, and others. Ability
    to represent the organization both publicly and privately, particularly
    on human rights issues in Malaysia.
  • Excellent public-speaking skills and ability to engage local and mainstream media outlets on human rights issues. 
  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively with human rights
    defenders and affected communities. Ability to develop and facilitate
    participatory trainings and workshops and provide ongoing technical
    support to human rights defenders and partner organizations.
  • Strong decision-making and ability to turn the organization’s priorities into impactful strategies. 
  • Excellent writing, organizational, and time management skills. Ability
    to work independently and as part of a flexibly structured team. A
    willingness to learn and contribute to a positive team environment. A
    desire to implement innovation and creative solutions to complex
  • Willingness to travel within Malaysia and internationally. This may include travel to remote and potentially insecure areas. 
  • Fluency in written and oral English required. Additional language skills preferred. 
  • Malaysian nationals preferred.
Working Environment:
  • To be discussed with short-listed candidates.
Compensation & Benefits
  • Fortify Rights seeks exceptional applicants and offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
  • Fortify Rights is an equal opportunity employer that does not
    discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the
    strongest possible team, actively seeks a diverse pool of applicants.
How to Apply:
  • Please apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Malaysia Human
    Rights Specialist”
  • Closing Date: 26 January 2019
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