Karen Human Rights Group Job Vacancy: Information Processing Officer - Myanmar

The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) is a grassroots, locally-led human rights organization established in 1992 that operates in southeast Myanmar. With twenty five years of experience and two nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 and 2001, KHRG is recognised internationally as a leading authority on major human rights issues in southeast Myanmar. In 2013, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy awarded KHRG its Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.

This position is based in KHRG’s information processing office in northern Thailand near the border with Myanmar, and the post holder should be prepared to commit at least 2 years to KHRG. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to gain invaluable practical work experience, be involved in all aspects of human rights work and make a large contribution to the struggle for human rights in Myanmar.

Main Responsibilities, based upon skills and experience of applicant

To prioritise and meet the organisation’s needs in support of ongoing human rights research and reporting, including:

  • Translating information from KHRG field researchers, including written documents and audio recordings of interviews and Raw Data Reports. Languages used can range from
  • S’gaw Karen to Pwo Karen, Burmese or English.
  • Compiling information to support our advocacy work in Thailand and Myanmar.
  • Processing human rights information collected by KHRG's field researchers using computer database systems.
  • Based on performance and experience, the successful officer will progressively adopt more of the following responsibilities;
  • Use translated information to produce human rights reports, consistent with
  • KHRG’s research and reporting methodology including reporting templates.
  • Analyse KHRG information in cooperation with the Information Processing and Research Team to meet research needs identified by the organisation.
Skills and Abilities
Essential Skills and Abilities include:

  • Excellent oral and written skills in English, along with good interpersonal and communication skills in English
  • Fluent in written and spoken S’gaw Karen and/or Pwo Karen.
  • Working understanding of written and spoken Burmese.
  • Self-motivated, well-organised, able to function under pressure and handle numerous translation tasks.
  • Flexible, positive attitude, including a willingness to learn new skills and take on responsibility to support the organisation's ongoing activities.
  • Ability to take initiative in contributing to discussions, proposing new time-saving techniques and other improvements to KHRG’s information processing and report writing approaches.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and respond promptly as necessary.
  • Ability to work well independently and in teams in a multicultural working environment.
  • Working knowledge of common computer applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Desirable Skills and Abilities include:

  • Ability to understand more than one language spoken in eastern Myanmar; for example, an ability to speak S’gaw and Pwo Karen, as well as English.
  • Excellent translation skills. Ability to collect, translate, analyse and summarise information accurately and promptly, and then communicate it to others.
  • Knowledge of technical language and terms related to human rights, women’s rights, child rights, IDP and refugee issues. A background on relevant international human rights conventions and treaties is helpful.
  • Ability to speak and write in Thai language
  • Ability to travel within Thailand and internationally, as needed. Ideally, applicants should be in possession of appropriate travel and identification documents (passport and/or ID card) preferably 10 years Cards Thai ID.
Please note: This position requires a two-year commitment to KHRG, which will be stipulated in a contract signed at the start of the position. There will also be a three -month probationary period at the start of the position, during which time KHRG reserves the right to terminate employment.

KHRG has a salary structure based on the idea that local and foreign staff should be paid on the same level. The IPO will be provided with a full-time staff salary and will need to find their own accommodation.

To Apply
KHRG is seeking one Information Processing Officer to begin work on 18th of September 2017. Applicants should send a cover letter explaining why they are interested in the position and their relevant experience, along with a detailed CV with a list of three references, to . Referees will not be contacted without notifying the applicant in advance. Please submit applications by Thursday 24th August 2017. Due to time constraints, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the position in more detail before applying, you may contact KHRG by email khrg@khrg.org or at 085-268-5519.