Policy and Advocacy Specialist, USAID Asia CTIP

Winrock International
  • Location
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 10

Position description

POSITION TITLE: Policy and Advocacy Specialist (USAID Asia Counter-Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Program

LOCATION: Bangkok, Thailand

DEPARTMENT: Civic Engagement and Social Equity

REPORTS TO: Capacity Development and Policy Advisor, USAID Asia CTIP Program


The goal of this USAID-funded Asia regional CTIP program is to reduce trafficking in persons in Asia through a more effective regional response that addresses human trafficking risks, provides appropriate responses that transcend borders, and protects the rights of vulnerable and trafficked persons. The USAID Asia CTIP program is implemented by Winrock International and its implementing partners - SSG Advisors, NEXUS Institute, Liberty Asia, GAATW and the Mekong Club. The program will address the issue of human trafficking in Asia through activities conducted under three components: Force Multiplier 1 (FM1): Strengthen learning around trafficking in persons and interventions; Force Multiplier 2 (FM2): Improve coordination and cooperation between source, transit and destination countries; and Force Multiplier 3 (FM3): Leverage private sector engagement to reduce trafficking in persons in target sectors.

The Policy and Advocacy Specialist will provide technical support on program activities to ensure the quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the Force Multiplier 2: Improve coordination and cooperation between source, transit and destination countries of the USAID Asia Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) program. S/he will assist program staff, partners and Associate Award colleagues on policy and advocacy related activities aimed at improving key stakeholders' commitments to combat TIP in Asia.


Under the management of the Capacity Development and Policy Advisor: provide technical support and strategic guidance to inform the program's approach to advocacy and engagement with regional bodies. S/he will work closely with program and partner teams to monitor and coordinate advocacy, and regional and transnational initiatives. Specifically, s/he will:

  • Assist the Capacity Development and Policy Advisor to monitor and achieve targets related to FM2;
  • Support the Capacity Development and Policy Advisor in developing and guiding the USAID Asia CTIP program's strategic approach to advocacy and policy-related work in collaboration with key stakeholders throughout the region;
  • Coordinate and track project and partner policy and advocacy initiatives on regional and transnational activities
  • Provide technical and strategic guidance to the project and partners on advocacy engagement with ASEAN;
  • Support Capacity Development and Policy Advisor;
  • Liaise with and support FM1 to track relevant data, best practices and lessons learned to inform USAID Asia CTIP program's evidence based policy and advocacy related materials and activities;
  • Liaise with and support FM3 to identify advocacy opportunities aimed at improving private sector commitments to combat TIP in Asia;
  • In collaboration with ME&L Specialist, assist implementing partners in data quality assurance in relation to reporting of the project activities and identify the lessons to be learned for adaptive management.
  • Assist with the provision of technical support to implementing partners and Associate Awards on the development and implementation of evidence-based policy and advocacy work, particularly advocacy work targeting policy-making bodies of ASEAN;
  • Assist FM2 implementing partners in identifying key advocacy asks and entry points;
  • Assist in facilitating workshop and meeting discussions with project partners, consultants, and key stakeholders;
  • Keep up to date on information related to TIP related policy and advocacy work and materials (e.g. online data, publications, research, etc.), and ASEAN and other relevant regional bodies work on CTIP and keep the Capacity Development and Policy Advisor and the project team informed;
  • Assist in documenting lessons learned and program success stories;
  • Contribute to work plans, success stories, and communications material;
  • Contribute to quarterly and annual reports to USAID;
  • Complete other tasks as required to support the Capacity Development and Policy Advisor or as designated by the COP


Successful candidates will have knowledge and skills in human rights related policy and advocacy, preferably in Asia. Specific experience in human trafficking in Asia will be looked upon favorably.

  • Advanced degree in international relations, international law, human rights, social science, or other related field.

· Extensive experience and strong skills in designing and implementing policy and advocacy-related strategies and activities, preferably in Asia.

· Thorough knowledge and understanding of the context of migration and trafficking in persons in Asia as well as international and regional legal and policy frameworks addressing trafficking in persons.

· Extensive knowledge of institutional structure and internal dynamics among regional intergovernmental organizations which play a key role in combating TIP in Asia, particularly ASEAN.

  • Ability to draft and write reports.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both written and oral.
  • Fluency in at least one ASEAN language.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation.
  • Advanced computer skills, particularly in the MS Office suite of programs.
  • Ability to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times

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