Regional Adviser (East Asia) (closes 11 September)
Title: Regional Adviser (East Asia)
Reports to: Director of Policy & Advocacy, while liaising with MRG’s Asia colleagues
Location: Preferably in East Asia (security permitting)
Duration: Approximately 4-6 days per month (or one day a week), initially from 1 October 2022 until 31 December 2023 with possibility of renewal
Salary: GBP 4,000 per annum (for approx. 60 days of work)
Purpose of the job
This post is part of a broader effort to strengthen Minority Rights Group (MRG)’s outreach towards local minority and indigenous communities to assist in the collection and dissemination of information concerning minority and indigenous issues around the world. The post-holder will act as MRG’s eyes and ears in East Asia, keeping track of new developments that affect the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples and being aware of key players (whether minority or indigenous and/or decision makers). The post holder will support MRG through outreach to minority and indigenous community activists in her/his region, seeking opportunities for collaboration and joint programmatic work.
Main duties and responsibilities
The precise nature of the priorities within this list will be determined in a conversation between the post-holder and their line manager.
- Inform the organization about the situation of minorities and indigenous peoples in East Asia, especially urgent developments (for instance by preparing quarterly internal updates, sharing media outputs and participating in staff webinars).
- Assist colleagues in obtaining accurate, impartial and credible information as well as contacts with affected community representatives who may (if security permits) be available as resource persons.
- Revise and update at least three country entries in the World Directory per year (number to be agreed).
- Provide written analysis of the countries for the Peoples under Threat annual ranking and assist in making necessary adjustments to reflect major events of the past year.
- Respond promptly to requests for updated information from UN and other human rights mechanisms concerning minorities and indigenous peoples in countries in East Asia.
- Proactively map out and establish contacts with minority and indigenous communities and minority / indigenous human rights defenders and investigate possible areas of collaboration.
- Advise colleagues on intervention design, possible donors and potentially participate in designing programmes.
- Contribute to and/or facilitate baseline studies in the region.
- Advise the Communications Department when there are media queries concerning East Asia, by providing talking points, content for blogs and press releases, and other advice.
Secondary (time and resources permitting)
- Act as a spokesperson for MRG at events within the region and/or at global events where events in East Asia are relevant or under discussion (security permitting).
- Potentially act as a spokesperson for MRG in media outreach (security permitting).
- Participate in conferences and speak at UN and other human rights mechanisms (security permitting).
- Undertake other tasks as may be reasonably requested by the Director of Policy & Advocacy from time to time.
- Maintain contacts with MRG Asia teams as necessary, and when called upon participate in relevant virtual meetings.
- Personally respect and work towards full implementation of MRG’s Gender and Equal Opportunities Policies in all the work involved in this post.
- Personally support and contribute actively towards anti-racism initiatives within the organization, with a particular focus on ensuring implementation within the post-holder’s areas of responsibility.
- The post-holder will be required to maintain the pace of work which may at peak times be high, will need to meet deadlines and manage several tasks at the same time.
- The post-holder may have access to confidential information pertaining to minority and indigenous communities as well as other MRG colleagues, which they must ensure they and others retain as confidential.
- The post-holder will be expected to work unsupervised within the broad directives of the Director of Policy & Advocacy.
- The post-holder should be based in the region of focus, security permitting.
- The post-holder should expect to be largely self-servicing.
Education and Knowledge
- A university degree in a relevant field.
- At least five years’ experience in the field of minority and/or indigenous peoples’ rights in the East Asia region.
- Good knowledge of the current social and political contexts of the countries in the region, including the situations and needs of minority and indigenous communities.
- Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
- Knowledge of international human rights law and indigenous peoples and minority rights law.
- Understanding of and experience reporting on intersectional discrimination affecting marginalised groups within minority and indigenous communities.
- Knowledge of regional or country specific organizations working in the field of minorities and indigenous peoples or related fields in East Asia.
- Proven record in documenting and reporting on violations and abuses of minority and indigenous rights.
- Wide range of contacts among civil society across their region.
- Practical advocacy experience of UN and other human rights mechanisms.
- Personal experience as a member of a marginalised minority or indigenous community.
Abilities and Skills
- Excellent written and spoken English.
- Excellent knowledge of at least one other language in the region.
- Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
- Proven ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines.
- Proven ability to use own initiative to investigate and analyse developments, reach out and establish contacts with marginalised communities.
- Proven ability to stay calm under pressure and to assess and absorb information quickly.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to gain the confidence of members of minority and indigenous communities.
- Computer literate and knowledge of Word for Windows, Excel, the Internet and email packages.
- Excellent oral presentation skills.
- Excellent knowledge of a minority and/or indigenous language.
- Ability to maintain on-going and productive contact with remote team members.
- Commitment to the aims and objectives of MRG.
- Commitment to gender equality and willingness to implement MRG’s gender policy.
- Enthusiastic about working in a multicultural environment.
- Committed to anti-racist practice and equal opportunities.
How to apply
To apply, please fill out the form below by 11 September 2022.
Image: Ethnic minority women gather at the International Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region during a government organized trip for foreign journalists, 21 April 2021. Credit: EPA-EFE/WU HONG.