Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma
campaigns, advocacy and capacity-building for human rights
About Us

The preferred starting date for this position is January 9th, 2017

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Altsean-Burma (the Alternative Asean Network on Burma) 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 as an intern 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 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 the Coordinator (delivers several off-site training workshops and participates in key decision-making concerning design and implementation of programs), a Training Intern and a Capacity Development Officer, two Research Interns and a Research Officer, a MEAL 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.

The Training Intern, under the guidance of the Capacity Development Officer, will be primarily responsible for the smooth execution of our Women of Burma Internship Program: an intensive 5-month in-house training program for 6 Burmese women from diverse organizations within Burma.

  • Develop, review and update the curriculum, training materials and lesson plans for the Women of Burma Internship program, as directed by the Capacity Development Officer and Coordinator. This work will require research and writing modules on a range of topics. 
  • Deliver classes to the Burmese women interns on a range of topics. Subjects include office, study, computer, research, writing & presentation skills; advocacy and project cycle management; human and women’s rights; political and economic systems, and international relations; sex and gender studies; peace & conflict studies; sustainable development; media monitoring, health, English, critical thinking, general knowledge etc. Specific assignments will depend on the successful applicant’s level of knowledge and confidence. The Training Intern will be expected to train for an average of 17 hours per week.
  •  Other duties relevant to the Women of Burma Internship and Alumni program include:
    •  Correction of interns’ homework, assignments and time sheets. 
    • Implementation of Burmese women interns’ outings in compliance with security protocols. 
    • Recruitment of new Women of Burma interns including review of application forms and participation in interviews. 
    • Upkeep of Women of Burma Alumni Facebook page
    • Assist the Capacity Development Officer with Offsite Training statistic and evaluation entry
    • Assist Capacity Development Officer with additional tasks as requested


  • Duration of 12 months (negotiable - 9 months minimum). The successful applicant may be offered a fulltime position after 12 months, subject to work performance, team dynamics and funding. 
  • Minimum of 40 working hours per week, excluding public holidays. The training intern is required to be on-call two weekends per month. 
  • 12 working days annual leave per 12 months.
  • Breakfast and lunch available free of charge at the office on workdays.

During 3 month probation period:

  • Title: “Training Intern”
  • Monthly allowance of 11,000 Thai baht. 
  • Supporting documents provided to enable application for a non-immigrant visa before arriving at Altsean.
  • Reimbursement of up to 10,000 Thai baht during the 3 month probation period for visa-related expenses (receipts necessary for reimbursements). The intern is expected to cover all initial visa and travel related expenses to Thailand prior to the commencement of the internship.
  • Free accommodation provided in a furnished room at the office or at an apartment used for security storage, depending on availability of either option, for the course of the probation period.

After satisfactory completion of 3 month probation intern will:

  • Receive title upgrade to “Trainer”
  • Receive a monthly living allowance of 11,000 Thai baht and a monthly visa allowance of 12,000 Thai baht on a cash-in-hand basis. A total of 23,000 Thai baht per month. They will henceforth be responsible for their own accommodation and visa expenses. 
  • Receive a monthly health allowance of 500 Thai baht (subject to production of receipts for allowed expenditure – medical, dental, medicines, vitamins, contraception, and therapeutic massage). Unused health allowance can accumulate and be claimed for larger bills incurred. 
  • Be added to the office group insurance.

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 take care of logistics and expenses per the Staff Manual. 
Respect for and adherence to the security precautions of the Altsean-Burma Secretariat is essential. The Secretariat team is made up of people from a broad range of backgrounds; therefore cultural sensitivity is a priority. The Altsean-Burma Secretariat is a non-smoking workplace.


Interested individuals should apply by email at 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.