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 East Asia (EA) Programme Manager Bangkok, Thailand:


 6 November 2009 | visits 510


East Asia (EA) Programme Manager 


Bangkok, Thailand

Employment Duration

Two years, renewable contract

Subject to 3 months probation at the beginning of contract

  • A competitive salary in local currency will be offered according to the successful candidate's experience and qualifications
  • Health, dental and accident insurance
  • Other benefits as specified in the Staff Rules and Regulations (SRR) and Financial Rules and Regulations (FRR)

Closing date

20 November 2009

Interview Dates

After 20 November 2009

About the Organisation

FORUM-ASIA presently has 46 member organisations across Asia. Its regional Secretariat is located in Bangkok, Thailand.

As a membership-based regional human rights organisation, FORUM-ASIA works to promote and protect all human rights, including the right to development, through collaboration and cooperation between human rights defenders and organisations in Asia.

Founded in 1991, FORUM-ASIA is committed to building a peaceful, just, equitable and ecologically sustainable community of peoples and societies in Asia; where all human rights of all individuals, groups and peoples-in particular, the poor, marginalised and discriminated people-are fully respected and realised in accordance with internationally accepted human rights norms and standards.

FORUM-ASIA, as a NGO in Consultative Status with the UN, advocates human rights issues through engagement with governments, inter-governmental organisations and the UN for the better promotion and protection of all human rights.

Summary of the Programme

East Asia Program, as part of sub-regional country programmes, provides support for and facilitates communication and cooperation among member organisations in Southeast and Northeast Asia. In addition, the Program conducts and coordinates thematic and country campaigns and advocacy at the East Asia (Southeast + Northeast Asia) level, in cooperation with other related programmes within the Secretariat.

The East Asia Programme Manager is tasked to enhance the synergy of different projects/programmes within East Asia as well as inter-programme coordination within the Secretariat and with members for effective advocacy, campaigning and networking. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Executive Director (ED), the East Asia (EA) Programme Manager will develop and implement FA's overall campaign and advocacy strategies to respond to the human rights situation/ challenges in the East Asia region. In addition, the EA Programme Manager is also expected to supervise a team of several programme officer(s), consultant(s) and fellows/interns.

The EA Programme Manager shall:

1.      Be responsible for the sub-regional programme management: Planning and Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluating, and Reporting

2.      Be in charge of the implementation and coordination of the programme and project(s) under his/her responsibility. These include:

a.       Country campaigns (in cooperation with member organisations in sub-region) 

b.      Membership Services and Development in EA  

c.       Advocacy with Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Project

3.      Monitor regularly and respond to human rights situation and issues in East Asia whenever necessary

4.      Communicate with member and partner organisations and respond to their requests 

5.      Organise forums, trainings, meetings in cooperation with other programmes concerned

6.      Organise fact-finding missions whenever necessary

7.      Visit member and partner organisations regularly and whenever necessary

Basic Qualifications and Criteria


  1. Bachelors degree or higher in the field of human rights or a related subject such as politics, social sciences, international relations, international law, development studies or East Asian studies;


  1. Mature personality; ability to lead a team and work in a multicultural and demanding working environment with cross program coordination.
  2. Excellent leadership and program/ project management skills.
  3. Self-motivated, positive attitude, strategic thinking and multi-tasking ability.
  4. Ability to work under pressure and manage team deadlines.


  1. Minimum five years work experience in the field of human rights-preferably both national and regional/international NGOs in the field of human rights.
  2. Preferably a minimum of three years work experience in organisation/programme/project management in a regional/international NGO.
  3. In-depth understanding about the overall socio-political situation as well as human rights situation in East Asia
  4. Good knowledge of ASEAN in terms of its context, operation, contributions and limitations on human rights discourse.
  5. Proven in-depth understanding of the actual application and implementation of international human rights instruments in a variety of situations.
  6. Preferably good understanding about the history and work of FORUM-ASIA.



  1. Good communication and public presentation skills in English.
  2. Excellent report writing ability in organisational strategising and planning using Result Based Management (RBM) or Logical Framework Analysis (LFA) tools.
  3. Good advocacy and lobby skills with various stakeholders (government officials, diplomats, NGOs, NHRIs, media etc.).  
  4. Excellent analytical and synthesis abilities.
  5. Good computer and internet skills.

Application Procedures

Interested applicants are requested to fill in the Job Application Form and return the form by emailtogether with a self-introduction letter and two recommendation letters (one from one of the member organisations of FORUM ASIA) to:   before 20 November 2009

You can get contact details of FORUM-ASIA's member organisations at

The successful candidate will be contacted for an interview to be conducted in Bangkok or by skype after 20 November 2009 and the interview will include a written test.

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