United Nations Advocacy (UNA) Programme Officer

Location Bangkok/Geneva
Employment Duration Starting date: 1 April 2016 / Two year, contract renewal (subject to a satisfactory performance assessment during the three-month probation period)
Salary & Benefits CHF 61,100 per annum (CHF 4,700 per month + 13 th month)
Health, Accident and Travel Insurance, local transport allowance (50% of one annual transport pass)
Duties and Responsibilities
Tentative Division of Task**
  • 35% Media based advocacy and communication
  • 30% Research and documentation
  • 35% Human Right advocacy
Among others, the selected candidate will, with the support and supervision of the Programme Manager, perform the following tasks:
Media and Communication (in consultation with the ICP programme)
  • Act as the focal point for Asia in the Council Bulletin
  • Act as the focal point for media initiatives surrounding activities in Geneva
  • Keep in regular communication with media persons based in Switzerland
  • Communicate regularly with FORUM-ASIA members and partners and update them on the latest news related to UN mechanisms
  • Maintain regular communication with the ICP programme
Research and documentation (in coordination with the UNA Programme/Research Officer in Bangkok)
· Be responsible for compiling, documenting and disseminating records of UNHRC sessions and other UN Human Rights meetings in Geneva
· Work on one research project on a specified topic per year
· Assist in advocating with state delegations present in Geneva on topics that would be assigned from time to time.
· Represent FORUM-ASIA at official and informal meeting as and when required
· Write and produce advocacy documents when required
· Organise and participate in advocacy and training events when required
· Assist in crafting UN advocacy strategies for human rights situations in Asia
· Assist in coordinating with FORUM-ASIA members on UN related human rights issues
In undertaking these tasks the candidate will be expected to work often under pressure towards challenging deadlines. The candidate may also be expected to travel in order to undertake some of these tasks.
Basic Qualifications and Selection Criteria
Required Qualification:
A Master’s degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology or allied fields.
5 to 7 years in the field of human rights, international relations or work experience at a relevant government department/Ministry. At least two years of this experience must be related in specific to UN Human Rights mechanisms and the Asian region. For at least four years, the candidates should have worked in an Asian country.
Required Skills:
  1. Strong writing and editing skills in English
  2. Strong communication and public speaking skills
  3. Strong knowledge of IT and the media
  4. Fluency in at least one Asian language
Desirable Skills
  1. Specific knowledge of the UN Human Rights Council and its mechanisms
  2. Experience in working with treaty bodies
  3. Experience in communication
  4. Knowledge of more than one Asian language and French
  5. An intimate knowledge of how governments work in Asia
  6. In-depth knowledge of civil society in Asia and different civil society networks

Applicants should fill in the Job Application Form and return the form by email together with a self-introduction letter and two recommendation letters to applications@forum-asia.org before 15 February 2016. Late applications will not be considered.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview to be conducted in Bangkok or by Skype. The interview may include a written or practical assessment.