Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women Job Vacancy: Programme Coordinator - Bangkok, Thailand

Position: Programme Coordinator

Location: GAATW-International Secretariat (Bangkok, Thailand)
Are you passionate about human rights and workers’ rights, regardless of the gender, nationality, legal status or the sector of work?

Are you critical of the fact that the anti-trafficking framework is often used to justify border control and exclude certain groups of workers?

Are you a good team leader who can provide substantive supervision to colleagues working on the issues of labour migration and human trafficking?

Are you ready to join our diverse and dynamic team in Bangkok from early next year?

Then we are looking for you!

About us:
The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)
is a think-tank, and a progressive and cutting-edge Alliance committed to work for changes in the political, economic, social and legal systems and structures which contribute to the persistence of trafficking in persons and other human rights violations in the context of migratory movements for diverse purposes, including security of labour and livelihood.

We promote a human rights based approach in working towards our mission to defend the rights and safety of all migrants and their families against the threats of an increasingly globalised and informal labour market.

We have over 100 member organisations based in different parts of the world. The International Secretariat (GAATW-IS) is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and has a small and very committed team of people. The GAATW-IS currently works on themes of Access to Justice, Accountability and Power in Migration and Work. We also publish a bi-annual peer reviewed journal, the Anti-Trafficking Review. While member organisations work with women, children and men, GAATW-IS has always focussed on the rights of adult women in the context of labour migration.

What we expect from you:
You have a critical understanding of the current labour migration regime and the way it impacts on the rights of all workers, especially women migrant workers. You have excellent command of the English language, both oral and written and demonstrated skills to write project reports and proposals. You have expertise in at least one of the core areas of GAATW- IS’ work, i.e. Research, Training, Communications or Advocacy. You are able to work with a team of programme officers and provide them with substantive supervision as needed. You will support the team in internal monitoring and carry out performance assessments. In addition to supervising projects led by Programme Officers, you may have your own project to lead.

Along with the International Coordinator and the Organisational Development Officer, you will be responsible for preparing donor reports and developing project proposals. You will be expected to represent the organisation at various international and regional fora and in building the profile of GAATW in external settings, ensuring that the organisation’s experience and expertise are well communicated and consistently presented.

As this is a senior position within the GAATW-IS, we expect you to have strong team spirit and leadership qualities.

Key Tasks:
Programme Management
  • Coordinates the implementation of programmes as detailed in the GAATW three-year Plan (which includes Research, Training, Communications and Advocacy);
  • Works with the Programme Officers and helps them develop implementation plans for their projects including plans for monitoring and evaluation and publications;
  • Meets with the Programme Officers on a regular basis to ensure that projects are being effectively implemented;
  • Works with the Programme Officers to ensure that reports and publications are of high standard and are completed on time;
  • Ensures effective implementation of the project s/he is responsible for, if applicable.
Programme Development
  • Ensures that new ideas emerging from the current projects and/or suggested by members and advisors are developed into feasible proposals;
  • Together with the International Coordinator contacts grant making organisations to discuss partnerships.
  • Together with the Communications and Advocacy Team facilitates the development of common advocacy positions and collaborative activities with members;
  • Supports members to make strategic interventions in regional and international advocacy arenas on women’s rights, human trafficking, migration and labour.
Alliance Strengthening & Movement Building
  • Strengthens and builds partnerships with likeminded organisations in various parts of the world working on similar issues as GAATW
  • Encourages discussions and dialogues across movements
An estimated breakdown of tasks and the reporting and supervision system:
  • The Programme Coordinator is expected to give 70% of her time to Programme Management and Development and the remaining 30% to the other tasks. S/he is expected to supervise 6 to 8 Programme Officers. S/he will be supported by the International Coordinator and the Organisational Development Officer in most of her/his tasks. S/he reports to the International Coordinator.
Required Skills and Experience:
  • Post-graduate degree in social sciences including women’s studies, political science, history sociology and law
  • In-depth knowledge and critical understanding of gender, migration, labour and human trafficking from a human rights perspective;
  • Three to five years of experience in a senior management or mentoring position, preferably in an NGO alliance or international human rights NGO;
  • High-level project management skills, including programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; 
  • Experience with providing substantive supervision to colleagues working on issues of labour migration and trafficking;
  • Superior written and oral communications skills and a high level of competence in English, with the ability to write analytical reports, donor reports and project proposals;
  • Experience in providing support to colleagues working on thematic projects, including content editing their reports;
  • Knowledge of other languages, such as Spanish or Arabic, is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of the UN system is an advantage;
  • Links with relevant civil society organisations and social movements is an advantage;
  • Good interpersonal skills, with ability to network in a multi-cultural environment and to develop strong professional relationships with members and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent organisational and managerial skills;
  • Ability to analyse, integrate and/or abridge diverse information from varied sources and produce crisp and sharp reports/articles/statements;
  • Ability to work strategically and respectfully with diverse stakeholders towards a key objective, i.e. familiarity with working effectively with both UN representatives as well as grassroots organisations;
  • Accountability and the ability to deliver on agreed tasks to a high standard;
  • Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and with people from a diversity of regions, professional backgrounds and levels of authority;
  • Willingness to travel, as required.
Term, Remuneration & Benefits
Duration: Minimum 2 years (6 months’ probation period)
Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and work experience in the relevant field.Salary range is from THB 60,000 to 75,000 (approx. USD 1700-2000), and secondary benefits such as Employee Provident Fund, House Rent Allowance, Medical Benefits, Relocation Allowance if the person is relocating to Bangkok and Reimbursement of air fare to take up the position in Bangkok

Recruitment Process
Last date for receiving applications: 20 December, 2015
Shortlisted Candidates will be notified by 20 January, 2016
Interviews will be completed by 31 January, 2016
Position to start: latest by 1 April, 2016
How to apply
Please send your application (CV, a writing sample, names of two referees who can be contacted at a later stage and a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position and how your experience makes you a suitable candidate) with the subject line Programme Coordinator by email to by 20 December 2015.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.