South Asia Advocacy Officer (closes 2 October)

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Geeta, Siddi woman in Kalleshawar, India. Credit: Andy Martinez

Hours: 3 days per week

Location: UK or Europe, with remote working and office time

Grade: C

Salary: £36,579 full-time salary in London including London weighting, to be adjusted for the cost of living in other locations


MRG’s South Asia project has developed extensive documentation and analysis over the last two years.

Now we are seeking an exceptional Advocacy Officer to use these to lead impactful advocacy campaigns and engage key decisionmakers.

This a newly created post that will lead on identifying opportunities and developing strategies, carrying out a variety of advocacy activities, and contributing to reports and other advocacy materials.




Strategy development

  • Identify and map advocacy opportunities and key decision makers at the UN and EU levels, as well as within key capitals. Also collaborators within INGOs community and like-minded diaspora groups.
  • Develop an organisational advocacy strategy and quarterly action plans
  • Design a learning and assessment framework and regularly review impact of advocacy actions, adapting strategies as necessary

Advocacy and outreach

  • Alongside the project Director, lead on the delivery of our South Asia advocacy strategy
  • Design and coordinate events, briefings, and outreach
  • Alongside the Documentation Officer and Legal Officer, develop advocacy materials including reports, briefings, and submissions
  • Collaborate with partners and peer organizations to develop and implement joint campaigns
  • Represent the project at meetings with key stakeholders




  • Strong commitment to human rights and MRG’s organisational values
  • 3-5 years’ experience in advocacy and a strong understanding international human rights and the role of civil society
  • Good understanding of international human rights advocacy and networking
  • Understanding on the human rights context in South Asia, especially of and for minority groups
  • Strong relationship-building, networking and outreach skills
  • Strong analytical, research and record keeping skills with experience of database management
  • IT skills and understanding of digital and/or information security best practice
  • Ability to work sensitively and ethically with human rights defenders and survivors of human rights abuses
  • Comfortable working in a ‘start up culture’ – flexible, able to work autonomously from the start, have capacity to learn quickly, and proactive in bringing reliable ways of working to the organisation
  • Fluent in written and spoken English


  • Some UN/EU/Capital-based experience
  • Experience of and connections to South Asia-focused INGOs / diaspora groups
  • Working knowledge of a South Asian language
  • Preferably based in the UK. We are working flexibly with some remote and some office presence.


How to apply

To apply, please our application form and then attach it to the form below. The application deadline is 2 October 2022. 

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    Image: Geeta, Siddi woman in Kalleshawar, India. Credit: Andy Martinez

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