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Available Positions

  • Regional Human Rights Director
  • Malaysia Human Rights Specialist
  • Gifts Associate
  • Visual Design Associate
  • Communications Associate

Working Environment:

To be discussed with short-listed candidates.

Compensation & Benefits

Fortify Rights seeks exceptional applicants and offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Fortify Rights is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible team, actively seeks a diverse pool of applicants.

Working Environment: To be discussed with short-listed candidates. Compensation & Benefits Fortify Rights seeks exceptional applicants and offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Equal Opportunity Employer: Fortify Rights is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible team, actively seeks a diverse pool of applicants.

Working Environment:

To be discussed with short-listed candidates.

Compensation & Benefits

Fortify Rights seeks exceptional applicants and offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Fortify Rights is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible team, actively seeks a diverse pool of applicants.

How to Apply:

Email your resume and cover letter to: recruitment@fortifyrights.org with the position in the subject line. For Visual Design Associate, email also your portfolio.

This post will remain open until filled.

Location: Southeast Asia

Contract: 1 year, renewable

Regional Human Rights Director

Organization Overview

Fortify Rights works to ensure human rights for all. We support human rights defenders and affected communities, investigate human rights violations, and engage people with power on solutions. We believe in the influence of evidence-based research, the power of strategic truth telling, and the importance of working in close collaboration with individuals, communities, and movements pushing for change. Fortify Rights is an independent, nonprofit organization based in Southeast Asia and registered in the United States and Switzerland.

Position Overview:

The Regional Director plays an integral role in carrying out and managing the organization’s programmatic work within the region to ensure human rights for all. This director-level position is responsible for providing strategic direction to two-person country-based teams of Human Rights Specialists, ensuring projects and activities are developed and implemented in line with the organizational mandate. S/he monitors the human rights situation on a country and regional level and provides guidance and assistance to Fortify Rights’ Human Rights Specialists in facilitating Fortify Rights’ work to support human rights defenders and communities affected by violations, investigate human rights violations, and engage with people with power. The Regional Director actively identifies opportunities for team member development and provides mentorship to Fortify Rights’ Human Rights Specialists. S/he assists in representing the organization, particularly on regional issues. The Regional Director reports to the Executive Director and receives strategic direction and technical oversight from the Chief Executive Officer.

Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with Fortify Rights’ executive leadership, provide support and provide strategic direction to country-based Human Rights Specialists. Support Specialists in developing clear and manageable work plans in line with Fortify Rights’ strategic framework.
  • Provide hands-on practical and innovative guidance to Fortify Rights’ Human Rights Specialists on conducting investigations, engaging in strategic advocacy, and providing quality technical support to partners to ensure organizational activities are carried out to the highest ethnical and methodological standards and in line with best practice.
  • Manage the production process of written material produced by Fortify Rights’ Human Rights Specialists, including internal or private memorandums, letters to governments or other stakeholders, new releases, reports, submissions to the United Nations or other international bodies, op-eds, articles, and edited material produced by our partners, in order to ensure high-quality written outputs. Edit all written material produced or edited by Fortify Rights’ Human Rights Specialists and coordinate with the executive leadership to produce a finished product within a timely manner.
  • Monitor human rights developments and trends in policies and practices on a country and regional level and serve as a credible, reliable source of human rights information, both internally and externally.
  • In coordination with Fortify Rights’ executive leadership, Human Rights Specialists, and our partners, conduct high-level strategic advocacy with policy-makers, key stakeholders, and affected communities to address human rights concerns and improve the human rights situation in Asia.
  • Represent the organization publicly on regional human rights issues. Engage regularly with local and mainstream news media outlets, including online, print, television, radio, and other platforms. Respond in a timely and professional manner to requests for comments, interviews, and assistance from members of the media.
  • Work with our Human Rights Specialists to support partner-led initiatives and provide constructive technical support to partner organizations, including through tailored trainings or participatory workshops, assistance with research and documentation efforts, and other forms of support as identified by partners.
  • Support fundraising initiatives and monitoring and evaluation processes. Contribute to timely reporting of project activities, expenses, and impacts. Ensure organizational resources are allocated appropriately.
  • Work closely in collaboration with relevant Fortify Rights team members to ensure effectiveness, scale the organization’s impact, and ensure sustainability.
  • Perform other tasks as requested.

Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in law, human rights, international relations, journalism, social science, or a relevant field is required.
  • At least eight years of experience in international human rights research, documentation, strategic advocacy, working with and providing support to human rights defenders, including at a community-level, with at least five years’ experience in a management-level position.
  • Extensive knowledge of human rights issues in Asia and in-depth understanding of and experience with: human rights research methodologies, human rights law, humanitarian law, and local, regional, and international advocacy strategies. Ability to implement innovative and creative solutions to complex human rights problems.
  • Excellent organizational and decision-making skills. Ability to self-manage and work efficiently in a fast-paced but flexible environment. Ability to cope with stress in healthy and productive ways.
  • Ability to initiate and implement projects, motivate and manage colleagues, and provide mentorship to multi-cultural teams located in various locations.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality written material in a timely manner. Strong editing skills and ability to manage the editing process to ensure the timely production of high-quality written material.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people, including survivors and witnesses of abuse, media, government and high-ranking officials, U.N. and non-governmental organization representatives, and others. Ability to represent the organization both publicly and privately, particularly on human rights issues in the region.
  • Excellent public-speaking skills and ability to engage the local and mainstream news media on human rights issues in the region.
  • Experience working closely and effectively with affected communities and grassroots human rights defenders. Ability to conceptualize and carry out participatory research and education methods; knowledge of quantitative research methodologies a plus.
  • Willingness to travel within Asia. This may include travel to remote and potentially insecure areas. 
  • Fluency in written and oral English required. Additional language skills preferred.
  • Applicants from Asia preferred.
Malaysia Human Rights Specialist

Organization Overview

Fortify Rights works to ensure human rights for all. We support human rights defenders and affected communities, investigate human rights violations, and engage people with power on solutions. We believe in the influence of evidence-based research, the power of strategic truth telling, and the importance of working in close collaboration with individuals, communities, and movements pushing for change. Fortify Rights is an independent, nonprofit organization based in Southeast Asia and registered in the United States and Switzerland.

Position Overview:

The Human Rights Specialist conducts independent human rights research and documentation, engages with decision-makers and relevant stakeholders, and works collaboratively with human rights defenders and affected communities to strengthen and support local initiatives. S/he leads the strategic direction of Fortify Rights’ work in Malaysia and thematic issues. The Human Rights Specialist monitors human rights developments in Malaysia and serves as a focal point for representing the organization and providing credible information on human rights situations. S/he develops positive working relationships with human rights defenders and affected communities and provides tailored, ongoing technical support, including trainings and workshops, to strengthen the work of partner organizations. The Human Specialist reports to a regional Legal Director and receives strategic direction and technical oversight from the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with Fortify Rights’ technical team and leadership, develop a concrete and coherent country strategy for Malaysia aimed at ensuring and defending human rights for all through independent research and documentation, multi-level stakeholder engagement, and customized technical support to human rights defenders. 
  • Identify and investigate priority human rights issues in Malaysia through interviews, focus group discussions, site visits, document collection, secondary research, and other forms of both qualitative and quantitative evidence collection in line with best practices. 
  • Analyze and document human rights violations through written material and audio/visual mediums—in collaboration with the Multimedia Specialist—for both public and private distribution. Provide sound analysis of research findings within the framework of international human rights and humanitarian law along with concrete recommendations to address specific violations.
  • Monitor human rights practices and serve as a credible, reliable source of human rights information, both internally and externally.
  • Draft and edit original written material, including internal or private memorandums, letters to governments or other stakeholders, press releases, long-form reports, submissions to the United Nations or other international bodies, op-eds, articles, and/or blogs, in a timely manner.
  • Conduct strategic advocacy with government officials, elected representatives, members of the diplomatic community, representatives of U.N. and other international agencies, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and other key decision-makers, influencers, and stakeholders with a view towards addressing human rights concerns and improving the human rights situation.
  • Represent the organization on human rights issues. Engage regularly with local and mainstream news media outlets, including online, print, television, radio, and other platforms. Respond in a timely and professional manner to requests for comments, interviews, and assistance from members of the media. 
  • Develop positive and supportive relationships with human rights defenders, organizations, and affected communities. Identify key partners to work with on a sustained basis to strengthen local responses to human rights abuses. 
  • Work with partners to identify objectives and develop strategies, reinforce strengths, and address weaknesses. Develop and conduct tailored trainings or participatory workshops, assist with research and documentation efforts, and implement other tasks to respond to the needs identified by partners. 
  • Work closely with the Partnerships Manager and executive leadership to contribute to fundraising and monitoring and evaluation processes. Contribute to timely reporting through regular monitoring and reporting on project activities and support the Partnerships Manager in tracking and gathering data to evaluate the progress of projects.
  • Work closely in collaboration with the Fortify Rights team to ensure effectiveness, scale the organization’s impact, and ensure sustainability. 
  • Perform other tasks as requested. 

Qualifications:

  • Post-graduate degree in relevant fields or comparable work experience. Law degree preferred. At least five years of experience in human rights research, documentation, strategic advocacy, and engagement. 
  • Excellent knowledge on the human rights situation in Malaysia. Experience researching and analyzing complex human rights issues in Malaysia. Demonstrated ability to produce high quality written material in a timely manner. 
  • Solid understanding of human rights and humanitarian law, and ability to apply human rights and humanitarian law frameworks to documented situations of abuse.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people, including survivors and witnesses of abuse, media, government and high-ranking officials, U.N. and non-governmental organization representatives, and others. Ability to represent the organization both publicly and privately, particularly on human rights issues in Malaysia. 
  • Excellent public-speaking skills and ability to engage local and mainstream media outlets on human rights issues. 
  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively with human rights defenders and affected communities. Ability to develop and facilitate participatory trainings and workshops and provide ongoing technical support to human rights defenders and partner organizations. 
  • Strong decision-making and ability to turn the organization’s priorities into impactful strategies.
  • Excellent writing, organizational, and time management skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a flexibly structured team. A willingness to learn and contribute to a positive team environment. A desire to implement innovation and creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Willingness to travel within Malaysia and internationally. This may include travel to remote and potentially insecure areas. 
  • Fluency in written and oral English required. Additional language skills preferred.
  • Malaysian nationals preferred.

Gifts Associate

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW:

Fortify Rights works to ensure and defend human rights for all. We investigate human rights violations, engage people with power on solutions, and strengthen human rights defenders. We believe in the influence of evidence-based research, the power of strategic truth telling, and the importance of working in close collaboration with individuals, communities, and movements pushing for change. Fortify Rights is an independent, nonprofit organization registered in the United States and Switzerland.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Gifts Associate works closely with the Grants Associate to ensure adequate resources are available to support the activities of Fortify Rights. With support from Fortify Rights’ Grants Associate, the Communications Associate, and other relevant team members, the Gifts Associate supports engagement with private donors, the management of Fortify Rights’ gift portfolio, and the maintenance of positive communications with private donors. The Gifts Associate is responsible for identifying and developing relationships with potential new gift-makers, maintaining accurate, complete, and up-to-date information on prospective gifts, and supporting the development of fundraising activities and other engagement with private donors. The Gifts Associate is an integral member of Fortify Rights’ young and growing team with technical expertise to maximize and scale the organization’s impact.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide overall management to Fortify Rights’ gift-related activities.
  • Regularly research and identify prospective donors that align with Fortify Rights’ mandate and strategic approach. Develop and maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date information on prospective donors. 
  • With support from the Communications Associate, executive team, and other relevant team members, lead the process of developing clear, complete, and high-quality communications to donors and prospective donors.
  • Develop draft narrative concept notes, compile and prepare necessary supporting documentation, and coordinate with relevant team members to finalize materials for private donors.
  • With support from the executive team and relevant team members, lead the process of developing clear, complete, and high-quality periodic reports and/or communications on project activities, impacts, and challenges. Develop draft report narratives, compile and prepare necessary supporting documentation, and coordinate with relevant team members to finalize report packages.
  • Lead the coordination of events, activities aimed at developing relationships with private donors.
  • In coordination with the executive team, liaise with and serve as a communication focal point for prospective and current private donors to Fortify Rights. Support the executive team’s engagement with private donors.
  • Develop a sound understanding of Fortify Rights’ work and projects to be able to professionally represent the organization to donors and other external actors. 
  • Work closely in collaboration with the Fortify Rights team to constructively build the organization, support its expansion, and ensure its sustainability.
  • Perform other tasks as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A degree in relevant fields and/or at least two years of work experience in individual fundraising.  
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations in Asia.
  • Familiarity with human rights issues, preferably within the context of Asia.
  • Excellent writing, organization, and time management skills. Strong attention to details and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to self-manage and work efficiently in a fast-paced but flexible environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cross-cultural communication, and experience in a multi -ethnic team.
  • Sound judgment and ability to take initiative.
  • Willingness to travel.  
  • Fluency in written and verbal English required. Additional language skills preferred.
  • Applicants from Southeast Asia preferred.
Visual Design Associate

Organization Overview

Fortify Rights works to ensure human rights for all. We support human rights defenders and affected communities, investigate human rights violations, and engage people with power on solutions. We believe in the influence of evidence-based research, the power of strategic truth telling, and the importance of working in close collaboration with individuals, communities, and movements pushing for change. Fortify Rights is an independent, nonprofit organization based in Southeast Asia and registered in the United States and Switzerland.

Position Overview:

The Visual Design Associate supports the work of Fortify Rights’ Visual Design Specialist and other relevant team members by using the power of design to promote and protect human rights. They work with the Visual Design Specialist to ensure all Fortify Rights’ publications and outputs are accessible, engaging, compelling, and consistent. The Visual Design Associate supports the production and distribution of brand-coherent print and digital material for the organization. The Visual Design Associate may also contribute to skill-building activities and trainings for Fortify Rights’ partners. The Graphic and Digital-Design Associate receives strategic direction and technical oversight from the Visual Design Specialist.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Fortify Rights’ Visual Design Specialist to support the implementation of effective communications strategies.
  • In coordination with Fortify Rights’ Visual Design Specialist and other relevant team members, create visually compelling outputs for online engagement with specific audiences.
  • Support the design, layout, and development of Fortify Rights’ publications, annual reports, newsletters, and other materials.
  • With support from the Fortify Rights’ Visual Design Specialist, create digital formats and interactive materials to expand online audience engagement.
  • Support the management of Fortify Rights’ media library and website.
  • In coordination with Fortify Rights’ country-based teams, contribute to tailored workshops and participatory trainings for Fortify Rights’ partners including human rights defenders and affected communities, on effective communications’ strategies and technical tools.
  • Facilitate the timely and accurate translation of written documents including interview transcripts, publications, research material, etc. Facilitate necessary interpretation to support Fortify Rights’ activities.
  • Work closely with Fortify Rights’ development team to contribute to fundraising and monitoring and evaluation processes. Contribute to timely reporting through regular monitoring and reporting on project activities and support the development team in tracking and gathering data to evaluate the progress of projects.
  • Work closely in collaboration with the Fortify Rights team to ensure effectiveness, scale the organization’s impact, and ensure sustainability.
  • Perform other tasks as requested.

Qualifications:

  • A relevant degree in digital design, communications, or relevant fields is preferred.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in graphic design, infographics, html coding, website management, social media platforms, and email distribution software.
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations in Southeast Asia.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong creative-thinking, organization, problem-solving, and time management skills.
  • Ability to self-manage and work efficiently in a fast-paced but flexible environment.
  • A willingness to learn and contribute to a positive team environment.
  • Familiarity with human rights issues, preferably within the context of Southeast Asia;
  • Willingness to travel within Southeast Asia.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English required. Additional language skills preferred.
Communications Associate

Organization Overview: 

Fortify Rights works to ensure and defend human rights for all. We investigate human rights violations, engage people with power on solutions, and strengthen human rights defenders. We believe in the influence of evidence-based research, the power of strategic truth telling, and the importance of working in close collaboration with individuals, communities, and movements pushing for change. Fortify Rights is an independent, nonprofit organization registered in the United States and Switzerland. 

Position Overview: 

The Communications Associate plays a key role to maximize Fortify Rights’ audience outreach. The Communications Associate ensures the effective coordination and implementation of Fortify Rights’ communication activities. They will work together with relevant team members to manage Fortify Rights’ online presence and develops innovative platforms to increase audience engagement. The Communications Associate may also be asked to contribute to skill-building activities for Fortify Rights’ partners. The Communications Associate reports to the Executive Director and receives strategic direction and technical oversight from the Chief Executive Officer. 

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Fortify Rights’ executive team to develop and implement Fortify Rights’ communications plans and policies, including social media and outreach strategies.
  • In coordination with Fortify Rights’ relevant team members, produce compelling content for newsletters and online engagement with specific audiences. 
  • Update and manage Fortify Rights’ online media platforms (e.g., website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to ensure information is posted, regularly, accurately, and in an engaging manner.
  • Assist in the design and development of Fortify Rights’ publications, annual reports, newsletters, and other materials.
  • In coordination with the Graphic & Digital Design Associate, support the development and management of Fortify Rights’ media library.
  • Manage and update Fortify Rights’ mailing and contact lists to ensure proper cleaning, segmentation, and distribution of content.
  • Work closely with Fortify Rights’ executive team to develop guidelines to support Fortify Rights’ staff, consultants, fellows, partners, Board members, and advisors in their communications work. 
  • In coordination with Fortify Rights’ country-based teams, contribute to tailored workshops and participatory trainings for Fortify Rights’ partners including human rights defenders and affected communities, on effective communications’ strategies and tools. 
  • Work with relevant team members to contribute to fundraising initiatives and monitoring and evaluation processes. Contribute to the timely reporting of project activities, expenses, and impacts. 
  • Perform other tasks as requested. 

Qualifications:

  • Degree in relevant fields or comparable work experience in communications, journalism, and/or marketing.
  • Demonstrated experience creatively telling stories using multiple means and platforms. 
  • Strong writing/editing skills and attention to detail. 
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations in Asia.
  • Familiarity with human rights issues, preferably within the context of Asia.
  • Ability to self-manage and work efficiently in a fast-paced but flexible environment. A willingness to learn and contribute to a positive team environment. A desire for innovation and creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Willingness to travel within Asia. This may include travel to remote and potentially insecure areas.  
  • Fluency in written and verbal English required. Additional language skills preferred. 
  • Applicants from Asia preferred.

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