Asylum Access is hiring a
Innovative Human Rights NGO Seeks Community Advocate
About Asylum Access
We are human rights advocates who support forcibly displaced individuals and communities as they reclaim their rights, agency, and power.
Our unique combination of legal empowerment, policy advocacy, and global systems change creates conditions in which refugees can live safely, move freely, work legally, and go to school. Our work transforms the traditional approach of endless humanitarian handouts to a sustainable solution that honors refugees’ freedom, dignity, and autonomy, and equips them to make choices about their own lives.
Asylum Access’ global team and family of local civil society organizations advocate making human rights a reality for refugees throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Our national organizations are led and staffed primarily by community members in those countries, and there is strong mutual trust and respect between us and our clients. On the international stage, we work with established institutions to shift the global system to better uphold and promote refugees’ human rights. We can help catalyze and lead systemic transformation because, uniquely among NGOs in the refugee response sector, we focus exclusively on rights and governance.
Asylum Access Malaysia's Community Outreach (CO) Department works on the front lines with refugee communities to inform and empower them to use their knowledge and skills to improve their situation in the country of refuge. Through the Community Legal Empowerment and Protection (CLEP) tools, we build the capacity of our clients to advocate for and exercise their rights and to take full advantage of the services and support that are available to them. The Community Outreach Team also works closely with other service providers for refugees needs, employers on employment disputes, non-governmental organizations and also government stakeholders in resolving refugees disputes. Internally, the CO team facilitates services with other departments at AAM, both by gathering information from community members that will enhance our legal services work as well as by assisting clients who are unable to visit our office.
Position DescriptionCommunity Advocate works primarily in steering the Community Outreach strategy of Asylum Access Malaysia by assisting refugees and asylum seekers by providing information on protection and services available to them, connecting them to AAM services, and contributing to AAM’s broader programmatic work.
The Key Responsibilities of the Community Advocate
Community Outreach and Workshops (30%)
Mobilize community and conduct workshops on topics related to Community Legal Empowerment and Protection (CLEP) and complete all tasks related to the workshops.
Complete at least one workshop per month, or one every other month, based upon AAM deliverables as well as the community need, under the supervision of the Community Outreach Lead,
Establishing and/or maintaining relationships with Community-Based organizations/ Refugee Led Organisations/ Refugee Led Initiatives
Establishing and/or maintaining relationships with other service providers and keeping updates on their services;
Participate in developing and executing the community outreach strategy of AAM.
Case Work (25%)
Employment Disputes (15%)
Reports to: Community Outreach Lead of AAM
Rohingya, Burmese, Tedim, Hakha, Jingpho, Farsi, Dari, and Somali
Hours and Location of Work
This is a part-time position based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Start Date: As soon as possible.
Salary and Benefits
The position comes with a competitive non-profit salary, and a robust benefits package including paid time off and professional development funds. The monthly salary is RM 1,800.00
Hours and Location of Work
We anticipate this position will require 25 working hours per week, with the occasional requirement to work outside of normal business hours for events, workshops, and other work-related commitments. Flexible hours are required in this position in order to respond to emergencies within the community.
Asylum Access is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value the expense of those who have experienced displacement and encourage people with such lived experiences to apply. For more information about our organization, visit www.asylumaccess.org.