Job Opening: Advocacy Officer

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2017

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

General Description

SEAPA’s Advocacy Officer is responsible for overseeing SEAPA’s advocacy efforts to promote press freedom and freedom of expression – especially online freedom of expression – in Southeast Asia. The Advocacy Officer leads the development of appropriate responses from the organization to engage national, regional and international mechanisms in line with its organizational strategies and in coordination with various partners. The Advocacy officer is also mainly rsponsible for SEAPA’s advocacies to promote online freedom of expression. The Advocacy Officer is a key member of SEAPA’s Campaigns team to ensure that activities are carried out smoothly and effectively.

Term: Full-time, Regular Staff position: 3 months probation, initial one-year contract, and renewable 3-year contracts.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinate SEAPA engagement of national, regional and international mechanisms to promote press freedom and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia.

  • Liaise and coordinate with national and international partners to conduct regional advocacy activities.

  • Oversee organizational advocacy and campaigns on online freedom of expression.

  • Write reports on identified issues, in the form of straight news, analyses as well as SEAPA Alerts. Help draft SEAPA , help draft statements

  • Monitor issues and liaise with national partners in a specific country, depending on her/his country of origin.

General Responsibilities:

The position is that of a regular program officer with the following general tasks, similar to others in the same staffing category:

  • Leadership of specific SEAPA programs under her/his responsibility, including formulation of additional responses, strategies, activities and project proposals.

  • Lead in implementation and review, including monitoring and evaluation documentation ,of the specific program or projects/initiatives

  • Oversee program communications, through social media and with partners

  • Maintain communications and coordination with other program officers and project managers and the Executive Director of SEAPA and among SEAPA members

  • Supervision of program assistants and/or interns as applicable

  • Assist in the conceptualization, planning, and assessment of other SEAPA programs and activities, (including implementation tasks, as requested/planned)

  • Other tasks assigned by the Executive Director.


A. Education and work experience

  • University degree, preferably in the field of international relations, law, political science journalism, or communication.. (Extensive work can be considered in lieu of formal degree).

  • At least 5 years of experience in advocacy and campaigns for human rights or civil liberties, particularly on freedom of expression and press freedom. Journalistic and/or regional level experience will be considered an advantage

  • In-depth understanding of issues related to the media, press freedom and freedom of expression, including demonstrable experience of work on this field in at least one country in Southeast Asia

B. Skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, and, ideally, one other language in Southeast Asia.

  • Strong analytical skills demonstrated by the ability to rapidly analyse information from diverse sources and formulate an appropriate response.

  • Familiarity with the use of digital tools for communications (including social media, website content management systems, data visualization, and databases) or be a quick learner in the use and application of these tools.

  • Strong networking skills to coordinate relationships among members in a network and to maintain good relations with the media.

  • Must be willing to be based in the SEAPA Secretariat office in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Must be willing to travel throughout the region to carry out regular and assigned tasks.

SEAPA is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce, representative of the region’s diversity. We encourage women to apply.

For this position SEAPA prioritizes applicants from Indonesia, Malaysia, or Vietnam, in the interest of promoting the language capability of the Secretariat as a whole.

Salary and Benefits

SEAPA offers a competitive salary and benefits package including work permit, health, life and travel insurance, social security benefits and a provident fund. The starting gross salary for this post is THB 45,000/month, (aproximately 1,300 USD) subject to tax and other deductions. The rate may be adjusted at the end of the three-month probation period, and depending on performance and qualifications.

Application Procedure

  • Interested applicants are requested to send in an application letter together with an updated resume, a personal statement, at least two samples of your writing, and two letters of recommendation to seapa(at) before 15 July 2017.

  • Applications should be written in English (sample articles in the local languages must be translated).

  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by the 22nd of July; interviews will conducted and a decision made on 1 August 2017.

  • Applicants must be available to start by 1 September, at the latest.