Asylum Access Job Vacancy: Senior Policy Advisor - Bangkok, Thailand

Asylum Access is an innovative non-profit founded to make refugee rights a reality in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We help refugees assert their fundamental rights using four integrated tools: individualized legal counsel and/or representation, community legal empowerment, policy advocacy and strategic litigation. With offices in Ecuador, Panama, Thailand, Tanzania and Malaysia, we provide direct legal assistance reaching over 10,000 refugees per year.
Position based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Duration: 2 years’ contract (part-time until June 2017 and possibility to full-time from July 2017)
Report directly to the AAT Country Director for all work responsibilities and professional development, also liaise with the AAHQ policy and communication team to implement policy initiatives.
Policy advocacy duties:
  • Promotion of AAT: actively building the positive reputation of the organization to achieving organizational goals.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships that are important to AAT and Asylum Access, including relationship with the Thai government, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), UNHCR and other UN bodies both locally and internationally, other NGOs, and donor governments, among others.
  • Engaging the Thai government in a way that leads to actual change within a measurable time horizon.
  • Identify and assess a variety of ways to achieve changes in legislation, policy, and practice.
  • Responsible for policy advocacy at a regional level (ASEAN) in coordination with Asylum Access Malaysia and Asylum Access HQ.

Specific policy advocacy duties include:
  • Identify, in conjunction with the Country Director priorities for policy advocacy
  • Oversee implementation of policy advocacy plan
  • Draft, review and edit reports, submissions, recommendations, op-eds, articles and other documents related to policy advocacy
  • Collaborate with the Country Director to develop and maintain constructive relationships with key governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental players in Thailand
  • Collaborate with the Country Director to represent AAT in meetings with partners, such as UNHCR, NGOs, and other civil society actors
  • Organize and conduct training sessions with Thai civil society advocates, government officers and other stakeholders about refugee rights
  • Brief AAT team on policy developments and legislative amendments
  • Liaise with HQ policy advocacy staff to implement policy advocacy initiatives
  • Management and oversight of the Refugee Right Coalition
  • Undertake other responsibilities related to policy advocacy as assigned by the Country Director

Communications duties (when time permitted)
  • Collaborate with the Country Director to:
  • Develop and Implement AAT communications plan
  • Draft AATZ periodic reports, newsletters and other information materials for internal records to ensure compliance with organizational monitoring and evaluation standards and for sharing with funders, partners and the public
  • Liaise with HQ communications team to provide information about AAT’s work
  • Foster relationships with the social media including journalists
  • Oversee the collection and storage of information about our work in the form of success stories, photos, quotes by clients, partners and other stakeholders for use in AAT advocacy work, reporting and general communication
  • Undertake other responsibilities related to communications as assigned by the Country Director

  • Bachelor degree in human right, social development, or related fields
  • At least 5 years of experience in policy advocacy works
  • A positive and outgoing attitude with ability to work well in a diverse and multicultural office
  • Have good relationship with government, local organizations is a plus

Salary is negotiable depending on experience
To apply: Candidates interested in the position should submit a CV and Cover Letter, including 3 references to AAT Operations Coordinator at
Please put “Senior Policy Advisor – name of applicant” on subject line. Dateline: 21 November, 2016.