Fortify Rights Job Vacancy: Malaysia Human Rights Specialist

Posting Job


December 15, 2018

Expired Job


September 22, 2019



Position: Malaysia Human Rights Specialist

Location: Malaysia

Contract: 1 year, renewable

Recruitment Deadline: Open until filled

Start Date: As soon as possible

Compensation: Competitive with benefits

Fortify Rights works to ensure human rights for all. We support human rights defenders and affected communities, investigate human rights violations, and engage
people with power on solutions. We believe in the influence of
evidence-based research, the power of strategic truth telling, and the
importance of working in close collaboration with individuals,
communities, and movements pushing for change. Fortify Rights is an
independent, nonprofit organization based in Southeast Asia and
registered in the United States and Switzerland.

The Human Rights Specialist conducts independent human rights
research and documentation, engages with decision-makers and relevant
stakeholders, and works collaboratively with human rights defenders and
affected communities to strengthen and support local initiatives. S/he
leads the strategic direction of Fortify Rights’ work in Malaysia and
thematic issues. The Human Rights Specialist monitors human rights
developments in Malaysia and serves as a focal point for representing
the organization and providing credible information on human rights
situations. S/he develops positive working relationships with human
rights defenders and affected communities and provides tailored, ongoing
technical support, including trainings and workshops, to strengthen the
work of partner organizations. The Human Specialist reports to a
regional Legal Director and receives strategic direction and technical
oversight from the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.


  • In collaboration with Fortify Rights’ technical team and
    leadership, develop a concrete and coherent country strategy for
    Malaysia aimed at ensuring and defending human rights for all through
    independent research and documentation, multi-level stakeholder
    engagement, and customized technical support to human rights defenders.

  • Identify and investigate priority human rights issues in Malaysia
    through interviews, focus group discussions, site visits, document
    collection, secondary research, and other forms of both qualitative and
    quantitative evidence collection in line with best practices.
  • Analyze and document human rights violations through written
    material and audio/visual mediums—in collaboration with the Multimedia
    Specialist—for both public and private distribution. Provide sound
    analysis of research findings within the framework of international
    human rights and humanitarian law along with concrete recommendations to
    address specific violations.

  • Monitor human rights practices and serve as a credible, reliable
    source of human rights information, both internally and externally.

  • Draft and edit original written material, including internal or
    private memorandums, letters to governments or other stakeholders, press
    releases, long-form reports, submissions to the United Nations or other
    international bodies, op-eds, articles, and/or blogs, in a timely

  • Conduct strategic advocacy with government officials, elected
    representatives, members of the diplomatic community, representatives of
    U.N. and other international agencies, representatives of
    non-governmental organizations, and other key decision-makers,
    influencers, and stakeholders with a view towards addressing human
    rights concerns and improving the human rights situation.

  • Represent the organization on human rights issues. Engage regularly
    with local and mainstream news media outlets, including online, print,
    television, radio, and other platforms. Respond in a timely and
    professional manner to requests for comments, interviews, and assistance
    from members of the media.

  • Develop positive and supportive relationships with human rights
    defenders, organizations, and affected communities. Identify key
    partners to work with on a sustained basis to strengthen local responses
    to human rights abuses.

  • Work with partners to identify objectives and develop strategies,
    reinforce strengths, and address weaknesses. Develop and conduct
    tailored trainings or participatory workshops, assist with research and
    documentation efforts, and implement other tasks to respond to the needs
    identified by partners.

  • Work closely with the Partnerships Manager and executive leadership
    to contribute to fundraising and monitoring and evaluation processes.
    Contribute to timely reporting through regular monitoring and reporting
    on project activities and support the Partnerships Manager in tracking
    and gathering data to evaluate the progress of projects.
  • Work closely in collaboration with the Fortify Rights team to
    ensure effectiveness, scale the organization’s impact, and ensure

  • Perform other tasks as requested.


  • Post-graduate degree in relevant fields or comparable work
    experience. Law degree preferred. At least five years of experience in
    human rights research, documentation, strategic advocacy, and
  • Excellent knowledge on the human rights situation in Malaysia.
    Experience researching and analyzing complex human rights issues in
    Malaysia. Demonstrated ability to produce high quality written material
    in a timely manner.

  • Solid understanding of human rights and humanitarian law, and
    ability to apply human rights and humanitarian law frameworks to
    documented situations of abuse.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to
    effectively communicate with a wide range of people, including survivors
    and witnesses of abuse, media, government and high-ranking officials,
    U.N. and non-governmental organization representatives, and others.
    Ability to represent the organization both publicly and privately,
    particularly on human rights issues in Malaysia.

  • Excellent public-speaking skills and ability to engage local and mainstream media outlets on human rights issues.

  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively with human
    rights defenders and affected communities. Ability to develop and
    facilitate participatory trainings and workshops and provide ongoing
    technical support to human rights defenders and partner organizations.

  • Strong decision-making and ability to turn the organization’s priorities into impactful strategies.

  • Excellent writing, organizational, and time management skills.
    Ability to work independently and as part of a flexibly structured team.
    A willingness to learn and contribute to a positive team environment. A
    desire to implement innovation and creative solutions to complex

  • Willingness to travel within Malaysia and internationally. This may include travel to remote and potentially insecure areas.

  • Fluency in written and oral English required. Additional language skills preferred.

  • Malaysian nationals preferred.

How to apply: 
Please apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to with the subject line “MALAYSIA HUMAN RIGHTS SPECIALIST.”
Closing Date: 28 February 2019

This post will remain open until filled.
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