CONSULTANT “Strengthening regional advocacy for the legal and social protection of Rohingya refugees”

  • Added Date: Friday, 22 May 2020
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 15 June 2020

The Foundation for the Rights of Disadvantaged Populations (FRDP), operating internationally as the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), is seeking an energetic and visionary consultant to lead our regional advocacy around legal and social protection of Rohingya refugees. The ideal candidate will be passionate about advancing the rights of refugees and other people in need of protection, will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to help us achieve our strategic goals, and will actively support the collaborative efforts of our diverse membership.


APRRN is a network of more than 350 civil society organisations and individuals from 28 countries, committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific region. The network is supported by a secretariat of six staff, based in Bangkok. APRRN's activities are structured into key areas of information sharing, mutual capacity building, and joint advocacy.

Our members are diverse, including service providers, human rights advocacy groups, research institutions, law firms providing pro bono legal aid, refugee community-based organisations, and refugees themselves. Almost all APRRN members are civil society groups working in their specific local contexts, lobbying their governments for changes in policies and legislation to protect the rights of refugees.

APRRN’s vision for the Asia Pacific region is one in which all people affected by displacement and statelessness have equal and adequate access to assistance and protection and to timely durable solutions as needed. Our goal is to work towards a future in which refugee communities, civil society, States, UNHCR, and other actors collaborate effectively towards the common purpose of protection.


The ideal candidate will have:

▪ Substantial experience in working with Rohingya issues and refugee issues

▪ Excellent interpersonal skills, including demonstrated experience in engaging with people in cross-cultural contexts

▪ Experience in organizing logistics and budgets around events , as well as reporting on deliverables in line with donor requirements


Reporting to the Programme Coordinator, the main focus of the Consultant is support for programme staff at the Secretariat and the implement network activities, with a specific and dedicated focus on the work of the Rohingya Working Group. Responsibilities include:

Programme Support - Rohingya Working Group

▪ Organize and implement regional meetings with affected populations, stakeholders, APRRN members, and other actors

▪ Organize and implement events and activities planned by the Rohingya Working Group

▪ Undertake logistics and basic budgeting for meetings, trainings, and workshops, including flights, hotels etc. as required

▪ Monitor situation relating to Rohingya refugees in the region and identify any advocacy opportunities that may arise for the consideration of the Rohingya Working Group

▪ Provide coordination, and other support as required to the Rohingya Working Group

Programme Support - General

▪ Engage and assist APRRN programme activities as required under the direction of the Programme Coordinator

▪ Engage and assist APRRN Secretariat activities as required under the direction of the Secretary General


▪ Liaise with donors, external partners, and stakeholders as required

▪ Represent APRRN in various fora as directed by the Programme Coordinator

▪ Produce press releases, briefing updates, and other public documentation as appropriate

▪ Fulfill secretariat duties, such as agenda setting, minuting, and reporting, in relevant meetings, round tables, and other events.

▪ Ensure timely reports on activities in line with donor requirements and APRRN standards

Finance and administration

▪ Produce detailed and accurate budgets for activities falling under the remit of the position

▪ Provide accurate and timely reporting on expenditure in accordance with APRRN financial procedures

▪ Support in drafting financial and narrative reports for donors

▪ Manage financial logistics for projects falling under the remit of the position



▪ Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in international relations, law, politics, development or social sciences disciplines

▪ Good understanding of the overall socio-political as well as human rights situation in the Asia Pacific region

▪ Some formal training in refugee and human rights (preferred)


▪ Minimum of 3 years’ work experience in promoting and protecting the human rights of

forced migrants (refugees, internally displaced people, and/or stateless people)

▪ Comprehensive understanding of the overall socio-political situation and the human rights concerns regarding Rohingya populations in exile

▪ Interest and experience in coordinating advocacy policy at national, regional, and international levels; Experience coordinating multiple diverse stakeholders


▪ Demonstrable command of oral and written English, fluency in an Asian language a plus

▪ Diplomatic and able to maintain good relations with APRRN members and other stakeholders

▪ Excellent coordination, logistical and financial management skills

▪ Ability to engage challenges as they arise with sound judgment, realistic response, and good humor

▪ Ability to multi-task and set own priorities while managing competing deadlines

▪ Demonstrable ability to work independently with limited supervision and high self-motivation


▪ Experience working with APRRN members and familiarity with the APRRN structure

▪ Experience working with Rohingya populations would be ideal

Other relevant information:

▪ Willingness and ability to travel within the region, as required, including to insecure locations

Southeast Asian candidates are encouraged to apply for this position. For non-nationals, appointment is subject to APRRN being able to secure the applicant’s permission to work in Thailand

▪ Dependent upon funding and future priorities and activities under the Rohingya Working Group, there may be a possibility of an extension of the position

This vacancy is archived.