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Programme Officer (2 positions)

Deadline:

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Organization: Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is an Alliance of 84 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world. GAATW's International Secretariat is based in Bangkok, Thailand. GAATW's mission is to ensure that:

  • responses to the challenges faced by migrant women workers are respectful of the agency of women and based on a labour rights approach
  • Understandings of trafficking shift from a crime control framework, to one that acknowledges it as a result of global economic trends, gender inequality and the weakening of labour rights
  • spaces for intersectional, inter-movement dialogues that are built upon a shared feminist, rights-based analysis of labour migration, and the collective power and voice of migrant and trafficked women
  • the social and economic invisibility of women’s work is challenged, and to support the mobilisation, collective voice, bargaining power, and representation of women migrant and informal sector workers.

GAATW-IS aims to do this by:

  • Building, facilitating and maintaining mutual exchanges, communications and learning with and between Alliance members through action-oriented research;
  • Collecting, processing, sharing and making easily accessible to members, essential documents on trafficking, as well as generally relevant information, in support of their activities;
  • Making local issues internationally visible, and supporting members in their advocacy; Facilitating local, regional and international representation of members at relevant fora;
  • Developing and making available training modules on trafficking, gender, globalization and informal economies, rights-based advocacy, as well as on relevant research methodologies to address these issues;
  • Facilitating training in capacity building and organizing conceptual clarity sessions for Alliance members and partners

PROGRAMME OFFICER (Capacity, knowledge and leadership building):

GAATW is about to embark on a collaborative project with the Asia Floor Wage Alliance that will undertake joint capacity, knowledge, and leadership building to advance accountability for the rights of women labour migrants employed in garment and domestic work, by advancing cross-sectoral learning and capacity building aimed at building critical political literacy.

The Programme Officer recruited for this role will be the project lead.

Functional contacts:

  • IS-International Coordinator [overall supervision]
  • Communications and Programme staff, interns
  • Member organisations and project partners

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • The organisation, development and delivery of capacity enhancement workshops and opportunities to build critical political literacy and collaboratively develop strategies for change for women workers in the domestic and garment work sectors
  • Leading on the management of the project including the logistical and financial aspects of project implementation and reporting
  • Supporting partners in the documentation of rights violations and strategies to address them in the domestic and garment work sectors
  • Supporting worker-led collaborative action, through campaigns and advocacy on the rights of women migrant workers at international, regional levels and national levels
  • Representing GAATW at public events
  • Supporting GAATW-IS internal communications and strategic planning processes

Knowledge of;

  • Human rights, women’s rights, labour and migration governance frameworks, especially as they apply to the garment and domestic work sectors
  • Socio-political and economic context in project countries in South and Southeast Asia
  • In-depth knowledge and critical understanding of gender, migration, labour and human trafficking from a human rights perspective.
  • Experience working with civil society networks in South and Southeast Asia

Skills and Personality Traits:

  • Superior written and oral communications skills and a high level of competence in English, as well as to write and edit in an accessible style.
  • Knowledge of a South or Southeast Asian language is an advantage.
  • Project management and organizational skills
  • Capacity enhancement
  • Commitment to women’s rights and labour rights
  • Linkages with relevant civil society organisations and social movements is an advantage.
  • Ability to work strategically and respectfully with diverse stakeholders towards a key objective
  • Accountability and the ability to deliver on agreed tasks to a high standard
  • Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and with people from a diversity of regions, professional backgrounds and levels of authority

PROGRAMME OFFICER (Labour and Migration):

GAATW’s Power in Migration and Work Programme centres an analysis of women’s power in their labour and migration experience to better assess migration and labour policies’ impact on women, and to work towards labour and migration processes that reflect migrants’ needs, aspirations and capabilities. Through this Programme we are engaged in a multi-year project focused on protecting the rights of women migrants in the domestic and garment work sectors across the South Asia - West Asia migration corridor through collaborative national level advocacy. This project will build critical political literacy capacity, knowledge, and leadership to advance the rights of women migrant garment and domestic workers, by supporting national levels networks and spaces to influence national laws and policies.

The Programme Officer recruited for this role will be responsible for the implementation of this project in collaboration with another colleague at the IS.

Functional contacts:

  • IS-International Coordinator [overall supervision]
  • Communications and Programme staff, interns
  • Member organisations and project partners

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Building relationships and maintaining regular contact with project partners across focus countries in South (India, Nepal, Bangaldesh) and West Asia (Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman)
  • The organisation, development and delivery of national level policy roundtables as well as capacity enhancement workshops and opportunities to build critical political literacy and collaboratively develop strategies for change for women workers in the domestic and garment work sectors
  • Supporting management of the project including the logistical and financial aspects of project implementation and reporting
  • Supporting partners in the preparation of advocacy and campaigning materials to influence change in laws and policies governing domestic and garment sectors
  • Supporting worker-led collaborative action, through campaigns and advocacy on the rights of women migrant workers at international, regional levels and national levels
  • Representing GAATW at public events
  • Supporting GAATW-IS internal communications and strategic planning processes

Knowledge of;

  • Labour rights and migration governance frameworks, especially as they apply to the garment and domestic work sectors
  • Socio-political and economic context in project countries in South and West Asia
  • Advocacy processes at national and regional levels, preferably an existing network of contacts
  • In-depth knowledge and critical understanding of gender, migration, labour and human trafficking from a human rights perspective
  • Experience working with civil society networks in South and West Asia

Skills and Personality Traits:

  • Superior written and oral communications skills and a high level of competence in English, as well as to write and edit in an accessible style
  • Knowledge of Arabic or a South Asian language is a strong advantage
  • Project management and organizational skills
  • Commitment to women’s rights and labour rights
  • Linkages with relevant civil society organisations and social movements is an advantage
  • Ability to work strategically and respectfully with diverse stakeholders towards a key objective
  • Accountability and the ability to deliver on agreed tasks to a high standard
  • Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and with people from a diversity of regions, professional backgrounds and levels of authority

How to apply:

Please send your application (CV, a writing sample, names of two referees who can be contacted at a later stage and a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position and how your experience makes you a suitable candidate) with the subject line Programme Officer (Capacity, knowledge and leadership building or Labour and Migration) by email to gaatw@gaatw.org by 19 July 2019.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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