Call for Applications: Human Rrights Documentation and Communication Officer



Posting: AIPP Regional Secretariat in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Programme:Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy (HRCPA)

Duration: 2 years, including 6 months probation, starting June 2014

Report to:  the Human Rights Programme Coordinator

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization of indigenous peoples’ movements in Asia.AIPP is committed to promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights, human rights and indigenous women’s rights. AIPP strengthenssolidarity and cooperation among indigenous organizations and communities in Asia and participates in global indigenous movements.

AIPP has five strategic programmes toraise awareness andbuild capacities for advocacy and policy influence aboutindigenous peoples’ rights and recognitionin Asia. Human Rights Campaign and Policy Advocacy (HRCPA) Programme mainly focuses on:

  • Capacity building training on human rights advocacy, monitoring and documentation and publication of human rights and related reports
  • Organizing campaigns on human rights violations against indigenous peoples including violations to their rights to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and collective rights of indigenous peoples
  • Strengthening the indigenous peoples human rights defenders (IPHRD) network
  •  Organizing workshops, dialogues and other fora on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNRDIP) and related issues including the annual Asia IP Prep Meeting on UN mechanisms and Processes relating to indigenous peoples
  • Facilitating engagement and effective participation of IP leaders and representatives in networking, lobby and advocacy work for the promotion and protection of the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples at national, regional and international levels (ASEAN, UN, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and others)

The programme has also prioritized cross-cuttinghuman rights related issues in environment, indigenous women and other programmes. All the programmes/projects arebeing implemented in direct partnership with AIPP member-organizations and network members.

The overall objective of the programme based on AIPP’s Strategic plan 2013-2016 is Indigenous organizations and indigenous human rights defenders have increased their capacities in documentation and advocacy at the national, regional and international levels to promote, protect and defend their individual and collective rights.

The Specific outcomes of the programmeare:

  • The Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) and its members are effectively and in a timely manner responding to arising human rights issues to promote and protect the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples in the region.
  • IP human rights issues and concerns and the recognition and promotion of indigenous peoples’ rights as human rights are advocated widely and mainstreamed in NHRIs, UN bodies, IFIs and other relevant bodies at the national, regional and international levels.

In order to the programme particularly on documentation and communication of HR violations, AIPP is looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and self-motivated indigenous personfrom Asia for the position of ‘Human Rights Documentation and Communication Officer’in the HRCPA Programme.

The officershall be responsible for following tasks and duties:   

  1. Maintain and manage the IPHRD website and other social networking sites of the programme including regularly updating and reviewing the contents and use of and accessibility of the website
  2. Maintain and manage the human rights database system
  3. Develop appropriate data fields for the database and the system for database and conduct monthly summary of data fields
  4. Review factsheets submitted, provide timely feedbacks and ensure that each case is properly validated and all data entry is accurate to the extent possible, and the information is systematically managed for easy retrieval or referencing;
  5. Write a summary of each case for public consumption and write articles on the cases for posting in the IPHRD website and other information sharing sites
  6. Coordinate with the members of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) for data compilation and documentation of human rights violations committed against indigenous peoples and their communities
  7. Work closely with the HR programme coordinator and the HR advocacy officer in converting the factsheets to submissions/communications to relevant human rights mechanisms and procedures at all levels
  8. Conduct quarterly trend analysis on the human rights situation of indigenous peoples and prepare write ups/reports on these trends
  9. Provide monthly updates to the HR team on the information sharing of the programme and the data entries in the database

10. Assist in the layout and design of advocacy materials of the programme.

11. Prepare and regularly update the M&E plan for the information sharing and database of the programme


The applicant must be an ‘Indigenousperson’and possesses most of the following qualifications.

  1. In-depth knowledge and understanding of indigenousissues, especially on the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples and how these rights are violated, protected
  2. Bachelor degree in database management with at least 2-3 years experience in database management, monitoring and reporting.
  3. Skilled in analyzing factsheets and information relating to human rights violation indigenous peoples and summarizing the cases.
  4. Good communication skillsin written and verbal English.
  5. Skilled in preparing summary reports and communications on human rights violations
  6. Willing totravel to partner organizations for field visits.
  7. Self-motivated, creative and energetic
  8. Committed to the cause of advancing indigenous peoples rights and issues
  9. Positive attitude to working in a multi-ethnic social environment

10. Flexible to do multi-tasking and to work under pressure

11. Committed to the cause of advancing indigenous peoples rights and aspirations

Remuneration and benefits for the coordinator include:

  1. Competitive Monthly salary and 13th month pay
  2. Housing and personal communication allowance.
  3. Health Insurance including annual executive medical check-up
  4. Travel farefor annual home visit
  5. One month paid holidays including 2 weeks year-end holiday
  6. Related cost for work permit and visa

Salary rate shall be based on qualifications and on prevailing rates of regional NGOs based in Thailand

AIPP invites applications from qualified candidates for this position to be submittedby 9,May 2014 to following email addresses: and

The application shall include a cover letter indicating ethnicity, summary of skills and experience, potential contribution to AIPP, availability, CV, at least tworeference persons with complete contact details ( including email address and, phone number)

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