Human Rights Advocacy Associate

Human Rights Advocacy Associate

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) was established two days following the coup in 2014 by a group of human rights lawyers and social activists. Initially, an ad-hoc organization, TLHR aimed to provide legal and litigation assistance to individuals who had been summoned, arrested, and detained by the military as a result of the coup, Years later TLHR has become a frontline organization promoting civic and political rights in Thailand and providing legal assistance while also monitoring and conduction human rights violations nationwide.

Main responsibilities:

  1. Monitor the situation of rights violations and political developments in Thailand;
  2. Monitor and compile documents, statements, and related materials from relevant UN human rights bodies, international human rights organizations, foreign governments, and media on Thailand’s human rights situation.
  3. Develop monthly human rights situation updates, conduct desk review research, and engage in trial observations to develop monthly human rights situation reports for public dissemination;
  4. Draft/write briefing papers, notes, summaries, statements, documents, and materials on the situation of human rights violations for dissemination to key actors and relevant stakeholders, including via email, TLHR’s website, and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter);
  5. Contribute to the documentation of human rights violations in Thailand for advocacy initiatives;
  6. Assist with English translation and drafting of reports and relevant materials in Thai and English;
  7. Carry out administrative tasks as needed (i.e., maintaining database of contacts, printing and dissemination of materials, organizing diplomatic briefings); and
  8. Report to Advocacy Lead and carry out tasks as assigned by him/her.

Engagement with International Human Rights Mechanisms

  1. Draft and develop communications, urgent appeals, and relevant documents, including acquiring alleged victims’ consent forms, for submitting to UN Special Procedures (Special Rapporteurs/ Working Group) and Human Rights bodies;
    1. Conduct research and draft submissions for engagement with UN Special Procedures, and contact alleged victims or their representatives (e.g., family member) to obtain their consent for such submissions;
    2. Monitor the UN OHCHR’s database for relevant communications and/or opinions on Thailand from the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, as well as other relevant UN bodies, and summarize the materials from English to Thai for national advocacy;
    3. Follow up on Thailand’s replies or communications to UN Special Rapporteurs;
  2. Draft and develop reports and materials to engage with the UN human rights mechanisms and UN treaty-based bodies, including submissions, briefings, fact sheets or case summaries, and advocacy materials;
  3. Coordinate and liaise with partners, national, regional, and international, to identify effective relevant advocacy activities;
  4. Draft and develop papers and materials for briefing of diplomats, embassies, UN agencies, and international organizations; and
  5. Represent TLHR in the briefings to diplomats and international community, and in meetings with NGOs, government representatives, media, and donors.

Essential Qualifications

  1. A university degree in law or a relevant field, such as political science, or international relations;
  2. Minimum of 1-2 years of experience in the field of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law, preferably with some practical knowledge about international human rights standards, mechanisms, and practices;
  3. Solid understanding of the human rights, political, social, and economic context in Thailand, Southeast Asia, and beyond;
  4. Excellent analytical and synthesis abilities;
  5. Excellent written and oral Thai and English communication skills;
  6. Ability to multi-task, solve problems, and work in a multicultural team;
  7. Ability to work under pressure and meet team deadlines;
  8. High sense of responsibility for completing tasks in a timely manner, and an ability to work flexible hours and respond effectively to urgent situations;
  9. Ability to maintain confidentiality, taking into account the safety of your own work as well as the foundation’s resources and information; and
  10. Value the principles of human rights and democracy and proactively monitor human rights-related issues within Thailand and overseas.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Familiarity with UN human rights standards and mechanisms;
  2. Advocacy skills and ability to represent TLHR and communicate its positions to different audiences, such as civil society, government, intergovernmental organizations, donors, and private actors;
  3. Experience in managing integrated information across various platforms and delivering high results; and
  4. Solid understanding of digital connectivity and interdependency with platforms and digital applications and services.


  1. Competitive remuneration and social security;
  2. 20 leave days per annum, in addition to the public holidays;
  3. Employee Wellness Program – in-house gym, relaxation area, and annual well-being contribution;
  4. 3-month probationary period;
  5. Add-on benefits after the successful 3-month probationary review period, including health/dental/life group insurance, provident fund, and well-being contribution; and
  6. Transportation: able to reimburse work-related travel expenses.

TLHR encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. TLHR applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the organization. This includes:

  •  Elements of well-being
  •  flexible working arrangements
  •  Inclusive working culture

How to apply

Fill in the job application by clicking here and attach a cover letter stating why you are fit for this position along with your CV by  10 October 2023. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact [email protected]