Director of Bangkok Office

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI)

Position description

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) has worked for nearly forty years to promote respect for human rights through research, education and capacity development. We believe that by supporting practitioners and bringing people together around human rights, on the basis of new knowledge and tools developed, connecting theory and practice, we contribute to lasting human rights change. If you, like us, are passionate about achieving human rights change and want to work in a dynamic, international environment, this may be a position for you.

RWI is an independent academic institution established at Lund University in Sweden in 1984. We combine multi-disciplinary human rights research with education, capacity building, and outreach to contribute to a wider understanding of, and respect for, human rights and international humanitarian law. We work with four thematic areas within human rights: ‘access to justice’, ‘non-discrimination and inclusion’, ‘human rights and the environment’ and ‘business and human rights’. Since the early 1990s, we have cooperated with a wide range of institutions and organisations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, to advance the practical application of human rights around the world. Our cooperation is characterised by mutual trust, long-term commitment and achievement of common objectives. Currently, we have offices in Harare, Jakarta, Lund, Nairobi, Phnom Penh, and Yerevan.

Director of the Bangkok Office

RWI is establishing a permanent presence in Bangkok, Thailand, to oversee our regional and bilateral programmes in the Asia-Pacific region. With existing offices in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Jakarta, Indonesia, the inaugural Director of the Bangkok Office will be a strategic leader, managing and developing RWI operations throughout the Asia Pacific. The Bangkok office director will be responsible for managing, coordinating and developing RWI operations, across thematic areas, throughout the Asia Pacific, ensuring a strategic and relevant role for RWI also vis-à-vis global Institute priorities. With support from headquarters in Lund, Sweden, the Director will establish office systems and policies and recruit and manage staff based in Bangkok, as well as provide line management and support to heads of offices in Phnom Penh and Jakarta. The Director will oversee financial management and reporting from the Office. It is expected that the Director will also be RWI’s main representative in the region and have a primary role in fundraising and developing new programmes and initiatives.

Your profile

You have significant experience from relevant work in the Asia-Pacific region and a successful track record of handling all aspects of programme management in the areas of human rights and development cooperation. You are a leader with considerable experience managing and developing diverse teams of human rights professions. Your strong understanding of the socio-political country and regional context allows you to quickly gather and analyse information relevant to RWI strategies, expanding RWI access to human rights and development networks in the region. You are fluent in both written and spoken English and your knowledge of others regional or Nordic languages is an advantage to you. Finally, you are a proven fundraiser, with documented success of cultivating new partnerships. For the full description of duties, responsibilities and qualifications of the Director of Bangkok Office position please click here.

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