Jobs at APWLD

APWLD Vacancy Call for the Grounding the Global Programme

Deadline of Applications: Friday, 23 April 2021, 6pm (UTC +7)

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is currently inviting WOMEN in all their diversities, including those belonging to minority and marginalised groups from Asia and the Pacific countries’ (specifically from the following sub-regions of East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia and the Pacific) with relevant experience and skills to apply as Programme Officer for the Grounding the Global Programme.  

The successful applicants will work with our committed Secretariat and membership to advance women’s human rights, women’s organising power, and advocate for Feminist Development Justice.

If you are committed to supporting feminist, progressive movements through strengthening knowledge and capacity to challenging structural inequalities and advocate for feminist development justice, please apply to join our powerful team!

Grounding the Global, Programme Officer 

The Grounding the Global (GG) Programme is integral in creating, defending, and transforming international and regional policy making spaces to amplify the voices of grassroots women and movements from Asia and the Pacific.  Advocacy is one of the core strategies of the programme that monitors the development of regional and international mechanisms and policies and identify strategic advocacy opportunities for APWLD members and partners that advance women’s human rights, women’s organising power, and advocate for Feminist Development Justice.  

Selection Criteria 

  1. Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of women’s human rights in Asia and the Pacific.  Experience in working with a movement-based organisation such as feminist movements, indigenous peoples, farmers, migrants, workers, fisherfolk, Dalits, LBTQI, or other movements is an asset
  2. In-depth understanding of the political, economic, and socio-cultural environments in the region and its impact on women’s human rights.
  3. Knowledge and experience in engaging with international human rights, women and development issues in Asia and the Pacific. Experience in policy analysis is an asset.
  4. Knowledge and experience in engaging with International Human Rights and Regional Mechanisms, including UN Human Rights Council, Treaty Bodies, UN ESCAP, ASEAN, Pacific Island Forum, SAARC, or alternative approaches to regionalism.
  5. A degree in social sciences; international law, human rights, development, or women’s studies.
  6. Three to five years’ experience in development work and women’s human rights at the national, regional, or international level.
  7. Strong coordination/ teamwork skills both within and across teams
  8. High level of project management skills including programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  9. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse, membership-driven network and its allies.
  10. Excellent command of English language, both oral and written; demonstrated ability to write for movements as well as programme reports and project proposals.
  11. Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to network in a multicultural environment and to develop strong professional relationships with members and other stakeholders.
  12. Proficient ICT, writing and editing skills including the ability to coordinate publication work from programme content to production work in various forms and media.
  13. Must be able to travel overseas as required.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

The Grounding the Global Programme Officer (GG-PO) is expected to do high-level programme management and coordination with a team including members of the Programme Organising Committee; ensure reporting and accountability to members and donors according to APWLD’s financial policies and guidelines. As advocacy is one of the core strategies for the programme it works and its’ work is cross-cutting and intersectional as it monitors and secures key advocacy spaces, leads in advocacy, network building and coordination for APWLD members and partners. The Grounding the Global Programme is also part of APWLD’s internal Urgent Response team, that is required to assess, plan, and carry out urgent response support to members and allies. 

Programme Management:  Ensures the high level programme management coordination to effectively plan, implement monitor and evaluate programme activities according to the programme’s annual work plan and APWLD’s overall strategic plan. 

  1. Management of the programme workplan and budget, according to APWLD’s strategic plan, financial policies, and guidelines 
  2. Proposes realistic and achievable targets and outputs in the annual work plan as well as in multi-year, five-year strategic plan, and in donor proposals.
  3. Assists in the preparation of project proposals and budgetary requirements for donor agencies.
  4. Ensure the cohesion of the annual narrative workplan and budget with the overall strategic plan of APWLD and that these within the reporting and financial guidelines 
  5. Develop of concept notes, thematic papers, and submissions, by leading the writing process or by coordinating contributions and ensuring intersectional feminist analysis throughout.
  6. Coordinate logistical arrangements for all programme activities, such as booking venues, facilitating travel arrangements, ensuring accurate immigration and visa requirements and other participants needs.
  7. Ensure the thorough visual, substantive documentation of the programme’s major activities and ensure that summary evaluation feeds into these reports 
  8. Facilitate the publication of key knowledge tools and resources that may be led by the GG programme or done in collaboration with other programmes 
  9. Ensure that the narrative reports capture the depth of the work and effectively summarise key impacts, in line with APWLD’s Theory of Change 
  10. Conducts monitoring and evaluation of Grounding the Global programme activities.
  11. Works with the communications officer and members to develop publications & educative materials related to the programme.
  12. Mentor and supervise interns, volunteers, and support staff for programme and staff’s professional development.

Reporting and Accountability:  maintain accountability to its members and donors by ensuring quarterly, annual, and respective financial reporting requirements according to APWLD policies and guidelines. 

  1. Writes and submits annual and programme reports for members and donor agencies.
  2. Reviews and budget spending and performance of the programme with the Finance Officer as part of basic financial management.

Network Coordination:  guided by APWLD’ overarching organisational objectives the GG-PO provides leadership or secretariat support to key networks, alliances and coalitions as part of its overall commitment to feminist movement building

  1. Coordinates capacity building activities and networking of members and partners engaging with regional and international mechanisms to advance women’s human rights.
  2. Provides coordination support to external networks that APWLD may support and / or lead.
  3. Liaises with focal people and organising committees of members engaged with the programme.
  4. Maintains regular and secure communication amongst network members or partners (including email, video calls, skype, telephone calls, quarterly bulletins, etc.).

Advocacy:  plan and implement advocacy targets of the programme as guided by APWLDs overall objectives and grounded in its commitment for feminist and social movement building for developement justice.  

  1. Facilitates the development of common advocacy positions and collaborative activities on key women’s rights issues with members or network partners
  2. Supports members and partners to make strategic interventions in regional and international advocacy arenas on women’s human rights and development justice.
  3. Support alternative spaces that amplify grassroots women human rights defenders’ and their communities’ realities through regional and international advocacy spaces.


Salary range commences at USD 1,500 per month. Other benefits include contributions to an employment pension fund, state mandated social security, health insurance; office allowance for staff working from home country.

This is a full-time position with a 2-year contract (renewable) and also working from home country.  A probationary period of four months applies.

How to apply?

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing the selection criteria
  • Online Application Form (preferred); or offline form 
  • A sample of written work that demonstrates the applicant’s knowledge and analytical skills particularly in the area of women’s human rights, migration and/ or development at the country, sub-regional and regional levels (e.g. an article, research and project/programme report, programme plan, statements)

Online application is preferred but should email submission be easier, please send the documents via email with the subject line “Application for Programme Officer, Grounding the Global (GG)” to Marion Cabrera at by no later than Friday, 23 April 2021, 6pm (UTC +7).

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted