ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights Job Vacancy: Program Manager - Malaysia, Indonesian & Thailand

Job Vacancy: Program Manager

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) is a network of current and former legislators working to strengthen human rights and democracy in Southeast Asia. APHR supports its members through various means as they use their unique positions to highlight human rights concerns and strengthen the voices of civil society actors around ASEAN.

Established in 2013 by some of the region’s leading progressive political figures, APHR envisions a network of lawmakers from all ASEAN member states united in pushing for greater human rights protections throughout Southeast Asia. The organization represents a much-needed regional response to human rights concerns, filling a void left by official ASEAN bodies.

This dynamic and young organization is looking for a Program Manager to be based out of its Head Office in Jakarta, but location in another ASEAN capital where APHR has a presence may be negotiable for the right candidate.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
APHR is looking to recruit an experienced professional with demonstrated knowledge and commitment to human rights promotion in Southeast Asia as well as strong experience in managing non-profit programs to take on the role of  Program Manager. Knowledge of and experience in working with government and parliamentarians is a strong bonus.

Working directly under the Executive Director and under close guidance of the Board of Directors and APHR members, the Program Manager will be responsible for strategic planning and the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and documentation of APHR programs and activities. He/she will have a strong knowledge of the national, regional and international political and human rights framework of ASEAN and its member states and will be expected to bring innovative ideas to the table on the future trajectory and growth of APHR and ideas for how its members can most effectively work to address some of the most pressing issues facing the region today.

The ideal candidate will already be working on human rights issues in the region and bring with them their own wealth of knowledge and contacts, and be willing to bring innnovative ideas to the table.

The Program Manager will be accountable for the effective delivery of APHR programs in line with strategic objectives and the effective management of staff and administration. He/she will also be responsible for developing and overseeing membership growth and MP capacity building strategies in line with the long-term objectives of the organization as well as working closely with the Research and Campaigns teams to integrate public and private advocacy work into the broader goals of the organization.

The Program Manager will report directly to the Executive Director and will supervise the Program Officer and part-time National Focal Points across the region. The Program Manager will also work closely with the Human Resources and Finance manager to ensure effective running of the organisation and administrative processes, as well as working closely with the Research and Communications Officer to plan, implement and monitor research and advocacy programs and projects.

Main Responsibilities
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, Board and other staff to plan and guide the strategic direction of the organisation through developing new initiatives and long-term goals and objectives;
  • Design and implement APHR programs and activities, overseeing staff and monitoring and evaluation processes in accordance with the strategic priorities and long-term mission and goals of the organization;
  • Donor relations: Write and develop funding proposals for new projects and grants and lead the writing of narrative reports to donors;
  • Support human resources and internal organisational development processes including overseeing implementation and development of effective internal procedures and guidelines; and
  • Monitor and approve budget usage and internal and external financial reports.
Qualifications and Experience

  • At least five years’ experience working in a related field, preferably in the field of human rights in Southeast Asia and demonstrated expert knowledge of specific issues or countries within the region
  • Master degree in a related filed or a Bachelor degree with four years’ experience in an NGO setting
  • Demonstrated knowledge of NGO program management and capacity-building principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of Southeast Asian political and human rights framework and dedication to human rights principles
  • Previous experience representing an organization to high-level stakeholders (e.g, state and government officials, INGOs, CSOs, media, UN, etc.)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a high-pressure environment
  • Fluency in at least one ASEAN language
  • Experience working with parliamentarians and/or government 
  • Expert knowledge on international human rights law
  • Expert knowledge of ASEAN human rights instruments and the issues facing the development of a regional human rights mechanisms in Southeast Asia
Working Conditions / Salary and Benefits
  • The Program Manager will ideally be based out APHR’s Head Office in Jakarta but location is negotiable for the right candidate
  • APHR operates on a standard five-day work week but staff may be required to work some evenings and weekends to monitor program activities and when on missions. Days in lieu will be provided for non-standard workdays.
  • APHR offers a competitive salary package with health benefits.
  • An initial contract will be for 12-months, with a three-month probationary period.
How to apply
Deadline for applications is Friday 23 September 2016. We will be reviewing applications as they come in and may consider selecting a shortlist before the deadline, so we welcome early applications. Send your CV/resume and cover letter to with the subject heading “Application: Program Manager Position”. Ideally, candidates will be able to begin working on or before 1 November 2016. Apologies in advance that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.