Vacancies and Internships

The International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) is a feminist, Global South, international women’s rights organisation, seeking to achieve gender equality and ensure protection of women’s human rights, through the progressive interpretation and implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Programme Officer – Addressing Corporate Accountability and Discrimination in the World of Work

IWRAW Asia Pacific is currently recruiting a Programme Officer who will contribute to the organisation’s overall strategy and the activities that intersect with business- and corporate-related human rights obligations. These include advocacy and standard-setting initiatives around a legally binding treaty on business and human rights, gender-inclusive implementation of UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and other relevant mechanisms and instruments. This position is expected to provide leadership to IWRAW AP’s existing project/programme on gender discrimination in the context of work and employment, including sexual and gender-based violence in the workplace, and coordinate a regional campaign for the ratification of ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention (C190). The project-related responsibilities will include close coordination with partners, donor reporting, developing cross-regional, cross-movement strategies, as well as collaboration with wider CSO networks at national, regional and global levels.

Please view the Terms of Reference in Word or PDF. If you are interested in joining a small, dynamic and diverse team of committed women’s rights activists, please send your CV, a covering letter telling us what you will bring to the job, and the names of two referees to by 30 September 2021. Please ensure that you include the title of the position in the subject line of your email. We strongly encourage applications from marginalised candidates including people with disabilities, youth, LGBTIQ people, Black and Indigenous people, migrants and refugees, and candidates from Global South countries particularly in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.


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. Until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control, all internships will be conducted remotely. Interns will receive a small stipend of RM200 per month.

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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