We are seeking an experienced and motivated Regional Project Officer to provide support to APT and its partners in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines with the implementation of a three-year project funded by the European Union. The project aims to reduce risky practices leading to torture and ill-treatment in police custody in these three countries and will be implemented over three-and-a-half years (March 2021- August 2024)

You will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, and will work closely with APT’s team of Senior Advisers and with APT’s partners in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. You will contribute to achieving the APT’s vision of societies without torture and ensure that:

  • People are treated with dignity and fairness by the criminal justice system
  • Persons in situations of vulnerability are safe from torture and ill-treatment
  • Strong arguments and new voices are mobilised to prevent torture
  • Effective and independent oversight protects persons deprived of liberty.

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who has sound experience in project management and a strong interest in torture prevention. Our ideal candidate has experience working in Thailand and in the region, managing multi-year human rights projects and coordinating with a wide range of stakeholders. You will be self-motivated, enjoy teamwork and collaboration, have strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate professionalism and initiative.

Main responsibilities

Your role will be to implement the EU-funded project on “Reducing risky practices leading to torture and ill-treatment in police custody in Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand”. The APT is looking for an outstanding candidate who will leverage their relevant professional background to provide support to APT partners on the implementation of the project, monitor developments in the region and act as APT’s focal point for the project in the region. The position requires a minimum of three years of experience.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  1. Coordinating and monitoring the implementation of project activities by maintaining a regular information flow, and fostering cooperation within the project’s three countries
  2. Providing support to APT partners with the implementation of national activities in Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand
  3. Organising regional activities in each of the three countries, in particular annual workshops, including coordinating logistics and contributing to content development
  4. Monitoring torture prevention developments in the region, including situational developments and risks assessments in the three countries
  5. Building and maintaining a social media presence for the project in the region and contributing to APT’s external communication
  6. Representing APT in meetings and conferences relevant to the project
  7. Developing APT’s regional and national network of stakeholders.

Requirements: education and experience

  • A university degree in political sciences, international relations, social sciences, human rights or other relevant fields
  • Knowledge of human rights issues at the international and regional levels, particularly on subjects related to torture and ill-treatment.
  • Practical knowledge of the South-East Asian and/or ASEAN context, the legal and socio-political framework, legislation and policies on law enforcement, prohibition of torture and the work of national human rights institutions, particularly in Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia
  • Sound experience in managing or coordinating projects in the field of human rights (previous experience working with EU-funded or related projects is an asset)
  • Experience in developing and managing social media communications
  • Public speaking experience, including participation in seminars and conferences

Other skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Thai. Additional fluency in Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Tamil or Tagalog is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact with a wide range of stakeholders, from law enforcement agencies to national and regional civil society organisations
  • Sensitivity to multicultural contexts and challenging situations, including the ability to adapt to changing environments
  • Ability to work remotely, in a geographically distributed team, through collaborative platforms, as well as to operate proactively and autonomously
  • Outstanding organisational and coordination skills, with a commitment to collaboration and teamwork
  • Ability to interact and establish trust and confidence with a wide variety of actors, such as national civil society organisations, authorities, law enforcement officials, oversight institutions and diplomats
  • Strong commitment to human rights values and to the preventive approach
  • Ability to travel in the region on average 6 to 8 times each year (once the health situation)

Additional requirements

  • Existing authorisation to work in Thailand
  • Prior experience at the international or regional level (asset)
  • Ability to participate in meetings occasionally outside of regular office hours

What we offer

  • We are an agile multicultural organisation who values commitment to the preventive approach, inclusion and equality, integrity and transparency, quality and perseverance, and continuous learning and creativity.
  • We offer flexible working hours, promote work-life balance and emphasise employee well-being
  • Equipment (computer and necessary collaborative tools), as well as IT support
  • Learning development opportunities
  • 20 days annual leave per year, plus national bank holidays

How to apply

Applications should be sent by email to jobs@apt.ch  by 15 March 2021 (subject line: Regional Project Officer).

Applications should be in English and include:

  • A one-page motivation letter
  • A CV (maximum two pages)
  • Contact details for two recent professional referees.

Application package should be saved according to the following category: surname_name_regionalprojectofficer.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews, which will take place online.


APT is guided by a human rights-based approach and welcomes applications from qualified individuals irrespective of their race, religion, skin colour, nationality, age, disability status, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family structure, mental health status, or any other characteristic. Our policies encourage a workplace free from discrimination and any form of harassment.

Closing date
Regional Project Officer
Full-time consultancy based contract, April - May 2021 to August 2024