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Policy Advocacy and Communications Coordinator in Bangkok
Asylum Access is a leading refugee human rights organization headquartered in Oakland, CA with substantial operations in three countries plus partnerships in additional countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Asylum Access is the only global organization working to make human rights a reality for refugees in first countries of refuge. Asylum Access believes that by empowering refugees to assert their human rights, we can create effective, lasting solutions for refugees around the world. When refugees can rebuild their lives, communities thrive.
Founded in 2007, Asylum Access Thailand (AAT) is a non-governmental organization and forms part of the Asylum Access family. We work to make human rights a reality for refugees. We believe all refugees deserve a fair chance to rebuild their lives. Since most refugees cannot go home and very few are resettled, we find ways to help refugees live safely, move freely, work and attend school while they are here. AAT’s work involves advocacy for policy and legislation changes, individual legal services in relation to refugee status determination and legal protection; and refugee support and empowerment.
The Policy Advocacy and Communications Coordinator works in close partnership with AAT’s Executive Director to ensure the ultimate success of Asylum Access’ mission and vision. This includes responsibility to work with the Executive Director in:
Ensuring that AAT achieves Asylum Access’ mission in Thailand – to make human rights a reality in refugees’ daily lives, with the ultimate goal of empowering refugees to rebuild their lives in Thailand;
Promotion of AAT by actively building the positive reputation of the organization to achieve organizational goals
Complying with all Asylum Access global requirements, including alignment of AAT’s policy advocacy and communication strategy and initiatives with the global ones
Cultivate and maintain relationships that are important to AAT and Asylum Access, including relationships with the Thai government, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), UNHCR and other UN bodies both locally and internationally, NGOs, networks and coalitions of NGOs, and donor governments, among others.
Engage the Thai government in a way that leads to actual change within a measurable time horizon.
Identify and assess a variety of ways to achieve changes in legislation, policy, and practice.
Assist the Executive Director in the development and implementation of AAT policy advocacy strategy
Participate in local and regional networks meetings to ensure the strengthening of AAT Policy Advocacy Plan
Assist in the update and monitoring of the annual plan of AAT and up to date policy advocacy database
Undertake other responsibilities related to policy advocacy as assigned by the Executive Director
Specific Policy Advocacy::
Identify, in conjunction with the Executive Director priorities for policy advocacy
Oversee implementation of policy advocacy plan
Draft, review and edit reports, submissions, recommendations, op-eds, articles and other documents related to policy advocacy
Collaborate with the Executive Director to represent AAT in meetings with partners, such as UNHCR, NGOs, and other civil society actors
Organize and conduct training sessions with Thai civil society advocates, government officers and other stakeholders about refugee rights
Brief AAT team on policy developments and legislative amendments
Manage and oversight of the Refugee Right Coalition (CRSP)
Follow up, analyse and report regularly on the situation on Alternative to Detention
Collaborate with the Executive Director to:
Develop and Implement AAT communications plan
Draft AAT internal updates, newsletters and other information materials for internal records to ensure compliance with organizational monitoring and evaluation standards and for sharing with funders, partners and the public
Liaise with HQ communications team to provide information about AAT’s work
Foster relationships with the social media including journalists
Maintain AAT’s social media accounts
Oversee the collection and storage of information about our work in the form of success stories, photos, quotes by clients, partners and other stakeholders for use in AAT advocacy work, reporting and general communication
Undertake other responsibilities related to communications as assigned by the Executive Director
Bachelor degree in human rights, social development, law, public policy, international studies or other related fields;
A minimum of 5 years of experience in policy advocacy work;
Fluent in written and spoken Thai and English;
Experience in developing communication materials;
Experience in using social media to promote human rights;
Thorough understanding of the context of refugees in Thailand, including both national and international legal frameworks;
Strong understanding of refugee rights and knowledge of policy issues related to migration;
Good understanding of the working of Thailand government institutes and current political climate. Knowledge of, and experience on regional and international human rights mechanism is a plus;
Proven ability to take initiative and ownership of projects, manage multiple deadlines, and work effectively with a high attention to detail;
A positive and outgoing attitude with ability to work well in a diverse and multicultural office;
Availability to travel, to work to tight deadlines, and participate meetings on weekend or after working time;
Basic working knowledge of Gmail, Google Drive, MS Office and related tools.
Communication skills. Able to communicate clearly and persuasively with others
Decision-making skills. Able to assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.
Leadership skills. Able to coordinate policies, people, and resources.
Management skills. Able to shape and direct the operations of the organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.
Problem-solving skills. Able to identify and resolve issues within an organization. Recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.
Time-management skills. Able to work with multi-tasks independently. Ensure that work gets done and that it meets the goals.
Hours and Location of Work
The Policy Advocacy and Communications Coordinator is a full-time position based in our offices in Bangkok, Thailand. Candidates should be aware that some flexibility regarding working hours is required in order to take out of hours calls and meetings with international colleagues.
Position comes with a competitive nonprofit salary, and a robust benefits package. The monthly salary range is THB 40,000 - THB 50,000.
Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “AAT Policy Advocacy and Communication Coordinator”. In your cover letter, please describe your reasons for applying, relevant qualifications, and how you learned about the position.
Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Asylum Access is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. For more information about our organization, visit www.asylumaccess.org.
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