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The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) is seeking an energetic and dedicated person to join our programme team as a consultant. The ideal candidate will be discreet, passionate about advancing the rights of refugees and other people in need of protection, and will be equipped with a strong sense of social justice, excellent research and drafting skills, an interest in learning, a creative approach to problem solving, and a willingness to actively support the collaborative efforts of our membership towards increasing access to fundamental rights. The Secretariat works as a team of independently driven people and expects the consultant to maintain excellent teamwork and communication skills while being independently motivated with a strong work ethic.

APRRN is looking for an applicant who is able to commit for a two-year term.


APRRN is a network of more than 400 civil society organisations and individuals from 29 countries, committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific region. The network is supported by a Secretariat of seven staff based in Bangkok. APRRN's activities are structured into key areas of information sharing, mutual capacity building, and joint advocacy.

Our members are diverse. They include refugees, service providers, human rights advocacy groups, research institutions, law firms providing pro-bono legal aid, refugee community-based organisations, and dedicated individuals. Almost all APRRN members are working in their specific local contexts, advocating for advancing policy and practice to ensure and protect the rights of people in need of protection.

APRRN’s vision for the Asia Pacific region is one in which all people affected by displacement and statelessness have meaningful access to assistance and protection, and to timely durable solutions as needed. Our goal is to work towards a future in which refugee communities, civil society, states, UNHCR, and other actors collaborate effectively towards the common purpose of protection.


APRRN is exploring advocacy avenues and subsequently progressing advocacy opportunities based on a strategic understanding of risk and identifying opportunities for immediate protection and foundational groundwork for lasting protection and basic rights enjoyment for vulnerable populations in the Asia Pacific region.


The consultant will undertake research towards mapping vulnerable populations in exile and examining potential avenues for advancing protection as well as an advocacy implementation exercise. These will be undertaken in two phases:

  1. Phase One: Substantive mapping of select national, regional, and international contexts for advocating towards protection of vulnerable populations, including the development of an advocacy strategy. This is to ascertain a clear understanding of the basic factual circumstances (including population details, legal constructs, political dynamics, and other relevant inputs) facing vulnerable populations in exile, the institutional and political environment, and existing protection mechanisms towards developing innovative strategies for greater protection.

  2. Phase Two: Implementation of strategies for national, regional, and international advocacy identified in Phase One. This phase will include direct engagement with identified platforms for advocacy on multiple levels, with the key task to focus on immediate protection needs, such as release from detention in hosting states. Identifying specific appropriate advocacy corridors will depend upon the findings of the mapping exercise detailed in Phase One.


· BA (with significant related experience) or MA in a social science field related to research and forced migration/human rights/advocacy

· 5 years minimum experience in research and advocacy around refugee rights, human rights, or another closely related field

· Experience working through interpreters

· Experience working in Asia and the Pacific

· Understanding of human rights frameworks

· Experience working with particularly vulnerable populations

· Ability to travel across the region


· Excellent understanding of research ethics, appropriate methodologies for engaging populations at risk, and data protection standards

· Ability to develop, evaluate, and progress research strategies involving diverse actors and across variable contexts

· Ability to identify and engage relevant actors towards comprehensive research outputs

· Ability to collect, interpret, analyse, and present research data towards evidence-based advocacy strategizing

· Ability to work autonomously or in loose collaboration with others

· Ability to design and implement sound research strategies that account for participant vulnerabilities, confidentiality, interpretation, and engagement with at-risk and/or underground populations

· Ability to identify specific appropriate advocacy strategies for the national, regional, and international levels

· Ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines

· Demonstrable professional English writing ability

· Impeccable research skills, analytical thinking capability, project management skills, computer knowledge, and communication skills

· Ability to speak Chinese is an asset

How to apply

CONSULTANT : Advancing Rights, Protection, and Solutions for Specific Vulnerable Populations in Asia and the Pacific

Payment: Payment for honorarium is USD 2,200 per month (subject to income tax withholding according to Thai Law)

Other benefits: Visa and work permit, transportation support (based on organisation policy)

Work Location:Bangkok, Thailand

Length of role:Twenty-four months

Further information:

Please visit our website at for further information on APRRN. For further information on the position please email with the subject line “Enquiry: APRRN ConsultantVulnerablePopulations

and include a contact number and your time zone.

Applications close: Applications close at 6 PM Bangkok time, 31 March 2020.

How to apply:

Please send your application as a Word or PDF document to with the subject line

“Application: APRRNConsultantVulnerablePopulations

The application should include:

· a CV of maximum 2 pages;

· a cover letter addressing the selection criteria (maximum 2 pages);

· a writing sample unedited by others;

· contact details for three referees.

Please make sure these are saved in one document and the title of the document is ApplicationAPRRNConsultant**VulnerablePopulations (Your full name)

Expected Start Date :As soon as possible