Jobs at APWLD

Vacancy Call for Feminist Development Justice Programme Associate

Deadline for Applications: 19 July 2020, Friday, (GMT +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 Associate for the Feminist Development Justice programme. The successful applicants will work with our committed Secretariat and membership to advance women’s human rights, women’s organising power, strengthening cross-movements solidarity and actions, and advocate for Development Justice. If you are passionate individual who believe in the power of peoples’ movement to bring about structural change, and committed to support feminist progressive movements through strengthening capacity and leadership of grassroots women to advocate for development justice, please do apply!

About the programme

The Feminist Development Justice (FDJ) Programme aims to build local, national and regional feminist movements to challenge the  systemic barriers in achieving women’s human rights and sustainable development which include neoliberal capitalism, land and resource grabbing, corporate power, militarism, patriarchy, fundamentalism and patriarchal authoritarian governance. It thrives on claiming women’s human rights and demanding a fairer, just, equitable and sustainable model of  Development Justice.

The current core strategy of the programme is a women-led and participatory Monitoring of 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development to demand accountability of governments and corporations. The programme engages closely with Sustainable Development Goals and Financing for Development processes with the main aim to achieve stronger representation and participation grassroots women and amplify progressive women’s voices in this regional and international policy spaces for a system change. The programme work also covers strengthening feminist network coordination through Women Major Group and building cross-movements solidarity and actions through Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism.

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of women’s human rights in Asia and the Pacific. 
  2. Have knowledge on political, economic, and socio-cultural environments in the region and its impact on women’s human rights.
  3. Minimum two years experience in development work, women’s human rights and/or social movements at the national, regional, or international level.
  4. 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.
  5. A degree in social and political science, law, human rights, development or women’s studies.
  6. Experience in desk research, legal research, qualitative and quantitative research skills, and capacity to analyse and critique economic, social and development policies.
  7. Knowledge and experience in engaging with Sustainable Development Goals processes or other sustainable development processes is an asset. 
  8. Experience and knowledge of participatory data gathering and analysis and participatory facilitation with grassroots organisations and their communities is an asset.
  9. Strong coordination/teamwork skills both within and across teams. 
  10. Knowledge of project management such as programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse, membership-driven network and its allies.
  12. Excellent command of English language, both oral and written; demonstrated ability to write for movements as well as programme reports and project proposals.
  13. Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to network in a multicultural environment and to develop strong professional relationships with members and other stakeholders.
  14. Proficient ICT, writing and editing skills including the ability to coordinate publication work from programme content to production work in various forms and media. Familiarity in using online shared platforms such as Google Suite and Dropbox is preferred.
  15. Must be able to travel overseas as required.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

The Feminist Development Justice Programme Associate (FDJ-PA) is an integral part of FDJ Programme team and will work closely with FDJ Programme Officer, FDJ Programme Organising Committee (FDJ-POC) members as well as other secretariat members. Some of the key responsibilities include:

  1. Assist and work closely with FDJ Programme Officer to implement, monitor and evaluate programme activities (includes training, documentation, research, consultations, campaigns, advocacy) according to programme’s annual work plan and overall strategic plan. 
  2. Provide support to programme organising committee members and partners in engaging with the programme, including through maintaining regular and secure communication among network members or partners (including email, video calls, telephone calls, etc).
  3. Provide support to coordinate the participation of members and partners attending programme activities (including logistical, visa, airline booking, finance support during meetings); as well as supporting the coordination with members and partners to strengthen advocacy opportunities in regional and international policy spaces. 
  4. Provide administrative and planning support to Programme Officer for APWLD’s Feminist Development Justice work, including network coordination with Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism, Women’s Major Group and other relevant networks.  
  5. Provide support in ensuring the thorough and substantive documentation of the programme’s major activities and ensure that summary evaluation feeds into programme  reports.
  6. Provide support in facilitating the publication of key knowledge tools and resources that may be led by the FDJ programme or conducted in collaboration with other programmes.
  7. Assist FDJ Programme Officer to write programme narrative and financial reports for members and donors.
  8. Performs other duties as required by the Regional Coordinator or supervising Programme Officer.


Salary range commences at THB 34,500.00 (equivalent of USD 1,000) per month. Other benefits include contributions to an employment pension fund, social security, and health insurance; housing allowance and relocation allowances for staff required to relocate to Chiang Mai, Thailand. This is a full-time position with a 2-year contract (renewable). 

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 downloadable form here
  • A sample of written work that demonstrates the applicant’s knowledge and analytical skills particularly in the area of women’s human rights, development or development justice 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 Associate, Feminist Development Justice” to Marion Cabrera at no later than Friday, 19 July 2020

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.