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We currently have two vacanies at ALTSEAN-Burma listed below:

* Women of Burma Training Intern
* Research Intern

WOMEN OF BURMA TRAINING INTERN

The preferred starting date for this position is June 15, 2016. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

ALTSEAN-Burma (the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma) is a Bangkok-based human rights group, works with a broad range of people from Southeast Asia and beyond, to promote the cause of human rights and democracy in Burma. We have become known for our campaign and advocacy activities, our publications, and our training programs. 

We are looking for a multi-skilled woman to join the training team for twelve (12) months (or more), carrying out the duties listed below while maintaining a sense of humor. Women candidates who have experience volunteering or working in the Burma movement or other human rights movements will be at an advantage (many of our trainees are women who have survived or been exposed to serious human rights violations). Applicants from Burma are encouraged to apply. 

This position will give the successful applicant the opportunity to contribute directly to the capacity of women and youth activists who work in challenging conditions for human rights in Burma. This position will suit an individual who is passionate, highly efficient, comfortable working in close collaboration with a team of diverse people, willing to work long hours and able to observe the strict discipline and security protocols of the office. 

The Altsean team is comprised of a coordinator (delivers several off-site training workshops and participates in key decision-making concerning design and implementation of programs), two trainers, three researchers, an accountability officer, and two administrative staff (who assist the training team with management, logistics, risk assessment and accounts support). The successful applicant may be offered a fulltime position, subject to work performance and funding.

DUTIES

The successful applicant will be mainly focused on our offsite training programs, and will provide assistance with our onsite Women of Burma internship program:

ALTSEAN-Burma Offsite Training Programs (Advocacy, Economic Literacy, Transitional Justice/Women Peace & Security, and other trainings delivered outside the office)

1. Develop, review and update the training materials for off-site trainings, including Advocacy, Economic Literacy (macro-economic policies for development), Transitional Justice (introductory level, including women's participation in peace process), and a range of other topics, as directed by the coordinator.

2. Ensure all relevant files are up-to-date, tabulate evaluations, and provide logistical support as needed.

3. Track organization and implementation of offsite trainings, and engage in follow-up communications as needed.

4. Assist with other administrative tasks, especially accountability and reporting requirements of training programs

5. Maintain databases relevant to the training program.

6. Other tasks as directed.

Onsite: Women of Burma Internship Program (intensive 5-month in-house program for 6 women from diverse organizations in Burma)

1. Develop, review and update the curriculum, training materials and lesson plans for the Women of Burma Internship program, as directed by the onsite trainer and Coordinator. This work will require research and writing modules on a range of topics.

2. Deliver classes and facilitate workshops for the Burmese women interns. Subjects include human/women’s rights, office and project management, problem solving, Burma issues, health, intercultural issues, politics and general knowledge, peace-building, sustainability, etc. Specific assignments will depend on the successful applicant’s level of knowledge and confidence.

3. Other duties relevant to the Women of Burma Internship and Alumni program which includes:

  1. Correction of interns’ homework and assignments.
  2. Implementation of Burmese women interns’ outings in compliance with security protocols (this includes possibly spending time outside of work hours at networking or other advocacy events, as well as regularly researching and organizing these visits)
  3. Keeping track of and editing interns’ logistics (such as timesheets and expenditure reports) as well as updating and expanding on network database
  4. Vigilance of interns’ well-being, including check-ups outside of class, making shopping trips for personal items they may need, and being available to interns two weekends per month
  5. Recruitment of new Women of Burma interns including review of application forms and participation in interviews.
  6. Implementation of the ALTSEAN-Burma Intern Alumni Program including follow-up contact and activities.
  7. Supporting the other trainer with narrative reporting and monitoring and evaluation

TERMS OF CONTRACT

* Duration of 12 months, 9 months minimum. The successful applicant may be offered a fulltime position, subject to work performance, team dynamics and funding.

* A three-month probationary period applies to this internship.*

* Minimum of 40 working hours per week, excluding public holidays. The training intern is required to be on call two weekends per month.

* 10 working days annual leave per 12 months or pro-rata equivalent

* Monthly allowance of 11,000 Thai baht.

* Supporting documents will be provided to enable application for a non-immigrant visa before arriving at ALTSEAN. The training intern is expected to cover their initial visa-related expenses to Thailand.

* Reimbursement of up to 10,000 Thai baht for the three month probation period for visa-related expenses, after the intern has begun employment at ALTSEAN.

* Accommodation in a furnished room at the office or at an apartment used for security storage, depending on availability of either option.

* Most meals at the office on workdays.

*After satisfactory completion of their 3-month probation and their review meeting to confirm the full internship period, interns will:
i. Be called “Researcher” or “Trainer” as appropriate.
ii. Receive a monthly living allowance of Thai Baht 11,000 and a monthly visa allowance of Thai Baht 12,000 on a cash-in-hand basis. They will be henceforth be responsible for their own accommodation and visa expenses.
iii. Be able to claim up to Thai Baht 500 per month for approved health expenses (subject to production of receipts for allowed expenditure – medical, dental, medicines, vitamins, contraception, and therapeutic massage).
iv. Be added to the office group insurance.

NOTE:

The intern should cover their own travel to and from Thailand to take up this internship. This position may involve travel to conduct or assist with trainings on location along the Thai Burma border and potentially in other nearby countries. In such situations, ALTSEAN-Burma will cover logistics and expenses per the ALTSEAN-Burma Staff Manual.

The intern is required to comply with the ALTSEAN-Burma manual including respect for and adherence to the security precautions of the ALTSEAN-Burma Office.

Our team is made up of people from a broad range of backgrounds; therefore cultural sensitivity is a priority. The ALTSEAN-Burma Office is a non-smoking workplace.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested individuals should apply by email at altsean.recruitment@gmail.com quoting the reference code INT/TRAIN in the subject line.

The application must include:
* A duly filled Application Form (click to download here)
* A complete résumé / CV.

Applications submitted in any other format will not be considered. Short-listed candidates may be required to submit written responses to scenarios provided by ALTSEAN-Burma prior to the interview.

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP

Deadline for applications: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Preferred start date: 1 August 2016

ALTSEAN-Burma (the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma), a Bangkok-based human rights group, works with a broad range of organizations from Southeast Asia and beyond, to promote the cause of human rights and democracy in Burma. We have become well known for our campaign and advocacy activities, our publications, and our training programs.

We are looking for a multi-skilled intern to join our research team for 12 months. This role is a demanding one, with a heavy workload and minimal supervision. The intern will therefore have the job title ‘Researcher’ after their 3-month probation, and will be responsible, alongside other Researchers, for maintaining the output of the research team.

Members of the research team are sometimes required to work weekends, especially those coinciding with the end of month, to meet deadlines for our monthly bulletin. All staff and interns are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per week, and often work more to complete tasks.

This position will suit an individual who is committed to accuracy in their work and has excellent attention to detail; is able to work under pressure and without supervision to meet deadlines; able to learn quickly and adapt to changing priorities; able to digest a high volume of information and retain the salient points; able to write clearly and coherently on complex subjects; has an excellent standard of written English; is comfortable working in close collaboration with a team of diverse people; able to maintain a sense of humor in their work, and committed to observing the strict security and administrative protocols of the office.

Candidates will be at an advantage if they have any or all of the following: Experience in human rights activism, advocacy, communications and website management; substantial exposure to Burma-related issues, and/or Burmese language skills; relevant academic background. Short-listed candidates will be required to submit a written assignment to assess their writing and editing skills, and the ability to analyze information.

DUTIES:

  • Research, write and edit articles for the monthly Burma Bulletin.
  • Monitor Burmese and international media and extract key information.
  • Research and write briefing papers and reports on Burma for use in national, UN and regional advocacy.
  • Draft and edit press releases and open letters.
  • Maintain the ALTSEAN-Burma website and social media presence.
  • Attend relevant meetings and communicate with partner organizations, and document such meetings, if required.
  • Participate as required in training activities.
  • Other duties as directed.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • 12 month contract.
  • Minimum of 40 working hours per week.
  • 10 days of annual leave per year, plus selected Thai public holidays.
  • Up to 10 days ‘visa leave', at discretion of Coordinator.
  • Breakfast and lunch provided at the office on workdays.
  • A three-month probationary period applies.
  • During the probationary period, interns will be provided with subsidized single-room accommodation (excluding utilities above Thai baht 1,000) at the office or nearby, and a monthly allowance of Thai baht 11,000. Visa expenses (including visa run) will be reimbursed to a maximum of Thai baht 10,000 during probation.
  • After satisfactory completion of the probation period, the remuneration package will be restructured to a total cash allowance of Thai baht 23,000, so that the intern will cover their own visa and accommodation expenses. At this point interns are able also to opt-in to the office-wide medical insurance package (which only covers in-patient healthcare). S/he will also receive a monthly health allowance of Thai baht 500 (subject to production of receipts for approved expenditure – medical, dental appointments, medicines, etc.).

NOTE:

The intern should cover their own travel to and from Thailand to take up this internship. This position may involve travel to conduct or assist with trainings on location along the Thai Burma border and potentially in other nearby countries. In such situations, ALTSEAN-Burma will cover logistics and expenses per the ALTSEAN-Burma Staff Manual.

The intern is required to comply with the ALTSEAN-Burma manual including respect for and adherence to the security precautions of the ALTSEAN-Burma Office.

Our team is made up of people from a broad range of backgrounds; therefore cultural sensitivity is a priority. The ALTSEAN-Burma Office is a non-smoking workplace.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested individuals should submit applications by email to altsean.recruitment@gmail.com quoting the reference code INT/RES in the subject line.

The application must include:
* A duly filled Application Form (click to download here)
* A complete résumé / CV.

Applications submitted in any other format will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be assigned a writing and fact-checking exercise as part of the recruitment process.