Vacancies and Internships

IWRAW Asia Pacific is an international women’s rights, feminist organisation committed to the full realisation of women’s human rights through the pursuit of equality. Our politics push us to disrupt the forces of anti-rights, right-wing populism and extremism, and corporate and state capture. Together with women’s groups and marginalised communities in the Global South, we challenge structures, systems and institutions that violate women’s human rights, and organise, mobilise and collaboratively build a body of political knowledge and analysis, so as to demand accountability of state and non-state actors.

We root our praxis in feminist values of diversity and inclusion, equality and non-discrimination, respect and integrity, and in the value of recognising the personal strength of women and girls and having faith in ourselves and in other women. Intersectionality is a key part of our advocacy and strategies. We aim in all our work to take into account the multiple forms of discrimination and exclusion that impact the lives of women and marginalised communities in the Global South.


IWRAW Asia Pacific is looking for a Programme Officer who will support the IWRAW Asia Pacific team with the implementation of two projects under TrEAD: the Gender Equality and Macroeconomics Project, coordinated by the Bretton Woods Project and funded by the Hewlett Foundation; and a Ford Plus Grant project, entitled Towards a Global Financial System that Advances a Rights-Based Economy. We are also interested in strengthening connections between the TrEAD and Environmental Justice programmes, with the specific direction of this cross-programme work led by the requests and inputs of our partners on the frontlines of environmental degradation and climate change.

Both programmes work with the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as a tool to advance feminist policy alternatives, strengthen State accountability for detrimental impacts of conventional macroeconomics policies and climate change on women’s human rights, and as an advocacy for women to claim their rights and shape international human rights standards.

Please view the full Terms of Reference in Word or PDF. To apply, please send a copy of your recent CV, a letter describing why you are interested in this position, and the names of three unrelated referees to, to reach us by 13 May 2022 Kuala Lumpur (GMT+8). The successful candidate would preferably be available to start by early June 2022, with flexibility available for personal circumstances.

We look forward to hearing from applicants from regions under-represented in the team, particularly the Pacific, Africa, West Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and from gender minorities and other marginalised groups. LGBTIQ+, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) and young feminists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Should you have any questions about the application process or requirements, or require any accommodations, please contact Constanza Pauchulo at and Marisa Hutchinson at


Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Our internship programme offers successful applicants the opportunity to learn more about women’s human rights issues, CEDAW and related treaty bodies. Interns will also be able to gain skills in the areas of research and advocacy. As much as possible, we try to provide interns with a chance to gain hands-on experience by being involved in our trainings.

Interns are expected to contribute to areas of work relevant to the objectives and strategies of the organisation. This may involve the intern developing position papers on various issues relating to women’s rights; undertaking research, collation and analysis of cases and principles; and contributing to trainings/meetings/consultations in various ways. For examples of intern experiences at IWRAW Asia Pacific, see these blog posts from the Castan Centre: 2020 | 2019 | 2018

Applicants are requested to indicate a preference for interning in one or more of the following areas:

We welcome interns of all nationalities, especially from the Global South. Bangladesh-based applicants fluent in Bengali are particularly encouraged to apply for the period March-June 2022. Until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control, all internships will be conducted remotely.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and two or three writing samples to, indicating when and for how long you would be available to intern with us.


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