Administrative and finance assistant - Protecting and promoting freedom of religion and expression online: CHALLENGE project in Asia

29 January 2019

APC is looking for an administrative and finance assistant for a new three-year project in Asia, “Protecting and promoting freedom of religion and expression online: Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of regional and expression online in Asia” (CHALLENGE).

Who we are looking for: You are an experienced project manager with an interest and expertise in administrative and financial management. You share a commitment to APC's mission and core values and have a commitment to and interest in the defence and promotion of human rights online. You have experience working with non-profit organisations and management of complex budget systems and bookkeeping, and want to be part of the APC team working for social justice, human rights and development. 

Main purpose of the job: The main purpose of this position is to manage the project’s administrative, financial and logistics requirements, manage the project’s internal systems and procedures and provide support to the project coordinator and the project team. 

Background of the project: The CHALLENGE project will be implemented by APC in partnership with the Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Media Matters for Democracy and Myanmar ICT for Development Organization. The project aims to contribute to the protection and promotion of respect for freedom of religion or belief and expression on the internet by various stakeholders, primarily by countering hate speech on the basis of religion and by generating narratives and discourses that defend secularism and diversity of religious opinions in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan. This project is being implemented with the support of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

A summary of the project explaining all its components can be found here.  

Start date: February 2019. The selected candidate will be notified by the last week of February 2019.

Deadline for applications: 6 February 2019.

Reporting: The position will report to the CHALLENGE project coordinator and will work closely with other members of the project and APC teams.

Primary responsibilities
  • Convene and schedule project-related meetings, create agendas, keep an organised record of the meeting notes and conduct follow-up on meeting agreements and commitments.

  • Provide regular written updates on project implementation.

  • Keep an updated record of the budget expenditure and process payments with support from the APC finance team.

  • Provide logistical support and arrangements for project-related travel and events.

  • Compile inputs and documentation for the narrative and financial reports to donors and assist with the writing. This will involve working closely with project partners to ensure compliance with administrative and financial requirements.

  • Ensure project documentation is filed and accessible.

  • Assist the team in preparing background materials, including proofreading and dissemination of project-related documentation and outputs.

  • Liaise with the APC communications team to ensure maximum visibility is given to the different activities undertaken in the project.

  • Provide support to fundraising initiatives to supplement resources for the implementation of the project.

  • Perform other tasks related to financial and logistical administration for the project, as may be required.

Qualifications, background and experience
  • University degree, preferably in accounting, business administration or social and political sciences; economic and social development; development studies; human rights, or equivalent experience.

  • Excellent administrative, organisational and management skills related to finances, events or similar.

  • Ability to pay attention to details and comfort/confidence with numbers, accounts and/or budgets.

  • Enthusiasm on the topic of democratic and inclusive societies.

  • Track record as an organised worker.

  • Ability to plan and think strategically, especially under pressure in relation to financial and logistical management.

  • Capacity to work autonomously and in a team setting.

  • Good writing, documentation, filing and communication skills.

  • Good written and spoken English. 

  • Ability to communicate in additional Asian languages is a an advantage.      


The applicant should preferably be living in south or southeast Asia and must have excellent internet access. Being able to work in the time zone between UTC +3 and UTC+5:30 as part of your normal day is a distinct advantage. APC provides an equipment allowance but requires staff to use their own computers. APC is a truly virtual organisation and does not have a physical headquarters. We do our work online.

Remuneration and duration of contract

This is a half time (0.50 full-time equivalent) fixed-term contract for an initial 12-month period, renewable depending on performance and availability of funding. Remuneration is based on APC’s salary scale for the position of project administrative worker and a range of USD 16,500 to USD 20,000 (12 months, half-time equivalent) depending on qualifications, experience, location and other factors.

Short-listed candidates will receive specific information on the salary range on request.

How to apply

Please send a CV and a cover letter in English that illustrates your interest in the position. You should include the following information:

  • Experience in providing administrative and logistical support.

  • Experience in financial and budget management, which involves multiple currencies.

  • Experience in documenting and filing project documents.

  • Computer and internet skills.

  • Where you are based.

  • Languages spoken and written.

  • Why you would like to be part of this project and are interested in this position.

  • Why you would like to work with APC.

  • Other information you think might be of importance to our assessment of your application – for example, you may have been involved in other EIDHR or European Commission funded projects; if so, please include information about your experience in the project and the role you had. 

  • Three references: names, relationship, contact details; at least one of these should be related to a project that the candidate has worked on.    

Please send this information and further questions via email with “Administrative and Finance Assistant - Challenge” in the subject line to: by 6 February 2019, 23:00 UTC. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Project details

This project aims to contribute to the protection and promotion of respect for freedom of religion or belief and expression on the internet by various stakeholders, primarily  by countering hate speech on the basis of religion and by generating narratives and discourses that defend secularism and diversity of religious opinions in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan.

The action will achieve the goal through five specific objectives (SOs):

  • Increase the availability of knowledge about trends, challenges, violations and opportunities related to the exercise of freedom of religion and expression including how intolerance and hate can affect individuals emotionally and psychologically in two sub-regions, South and Southeast Asia.

  • Enhance the capacity of networks of individuals in South and Southeast Asia to counter hate speech online on the basis of religion.

  • Generate creative, artistic and critical content that promotes discourses and narratives that are secular, diverse, inclusive and rights-respecting on issues related to religion.

  • Build awareness through new and existing networks among target groups in five countries on the violation of freedom of religion and expression online, including on how intolerance and hate can affect individuals emotionally and psychologically.

  • Leverage strategic linkages of new and existing networks of individuals and civil society to advocate for policy changes related to freedom of expression and religion online nationally, regionally and globally.

The project will adopt human rights-based approach, with a special emphasis on women-led initiatives and integration of a gender perspective at all levels of project conceptualisation, planning and implementation. 

About APC

APC is a global network of civil society organisations whose mission is to empower and support organisations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to build strategic communities and initiatives for the purpose of making meaningful contributions to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability.

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