MS ActionAid Denmark Job Vacancy: Women’s Rights Advisor - Yangon, Myanmar

Women’s Rights Advisor
ActionAid Myanmar (AAM) seeks an experienced Women’s rights Advisor, who is able to provide efficient capacity development to both national staff at the ActionAid office and its partner organisations. Please note that this position is only available for people who are not from or currently residing in Myanmar – see more information below for further details.

The focus will be on strengthening the ability of AAM and selected partners’ work on women’s rights, participation and leadership. A key focus is to support the partners and AAM country team to develop strategies, operational plans or clear roadmap on keeping women’s rights work at the centre of all programme design/contents and integrating/aligning women’s rights in all programmes, systems and processes. This includes building the skills of partners to lobby and engage government institutions and other players in the sector within these fields.

Specific objectives:
  • Mainstreaming WR into programming.
  • Building capacity of AA Myanmar and partners on Women’s Rights, Gender Responsive Public Service (GRPS), Women in Peace.
  • Designing and implementation of Safe City campaign.
  • Supporting evidence based research and documentation.
  • Building profile of AA Myanmar in the field of Women Rights and Governance at local and national level (also international particularly through Regional and International movement).
Key result areas:

The Advisor’s support will help to ensure:
  • Members of accountability and governance network feel confident and are independently engaging effectively in advocacy activities.
  • AAV and partner staff have skills and confidence in mobilisation to independently undertake Research, Analysis and Learning on accountability and women’s right policy and are taking action at all levels from local, national and regional.
  • A cross-section of partners & local staff in the Asian region is able to communicate on areas of common interest (e.g. learnings around application of accountability tools).
Required qualifications:
  • A post-graduate degree in development studies, governance, human rights or similar discipline.
  • At least 5 years of post-graduate working experience in relevant fields and of capacity building experience in an international and multicultural environment.
  • At least total 5 years of experience working with women’s rights or related, on governance and human rights related program.
  • Knowledge and experience on programme development and fundraising, including working with institutional donors and foundations.
  • Ability to strengthen the lobby and advocacy skills of partners focusing on governance and gender responsive public service delivery.
  • Experience with campaigns for women’s rights or gender dimensions of public service delivery.
  • Training & facilitation skill.
  • Knowledge and experience on women’s rights, gender based violence and gender responsive public service advocacy.
  • As English is not common with some partners and government officials, ability to speak local languages is a distinct advantage.
Personal qualifications:
  • Knowledge of South East Asian culture and norms.
  • Diplomacy, patience and maturity.
  • A strong commitment to human rights and socio economic justice and proven track record in exercising human rights.
  • Good knowledge of international development environment.
  • Strong team-player.
  • Optimistic and ability to see solutions rather than focusing on problems and obstacles.
  • Innovative and creative.
  • A preference for facilitating and supporting the success of others rather than leading and directing.
  • High degree of diplomacy and sensitivity towards the local culture.
  • Ability to push for action in a patient and non-directive manner.
Application procedure and deadline:
Forward a letter of motivation and an updated CV (totalling no more than 4 pages) by email to with a subject line *Ref: Myanmar Advisor. The application package should not exceed 2 MBs.

Deadline for application submission is: 22nd January, 2017

Contract start is subject to approval of work and residence permit, which can be a lengthy process. Therefore, the expected start date is 1st April or May 2017. The assignment is for 24 months, with the possibility for renewal.

Estimated recruitment process:
  • 26th January: Shortlisted candidates are contacted
  • 31st January to 1st February: Skype interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • 6th to 8th February: Personality test of two final candidates
  • 14th to 16th February: Second round Skype interviews with two final candidates
Due to the large number of applications received for these positions, it is not possible to provide feedback for all applications. Therefore, only shortlisted candidates will be notified at each stage of the recruitment process. If you have not received any reply to your application by 27th January, then should consider yourself unsuccessful for this position.