Movement building support coordinator - Protecting and promoting freedom of religion and expression online: CHALLENGE project in Asia

02 January 2019

APC is looking for a movement building support coordinator 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 coordinator, with a special interest in movement building and networking with civil society, activists and artists.

You share a commitment to APC's mission and core values and have a commitment to defence and promotion of human rights online. You have experience working with non-profit organisations and movements focusing on inclusive societies and groups marginalised on the basis of religion, 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 assist in the implementation of the project with a specific focus on management of the project’s sub-granting programme and the outreach and movement building strategies, working closely with the project coordinator and other members of the project and APC 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. It 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 January 2019.

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2019.

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

Primary responsibilities
  • Coordinate development and implementation of the movement building and outreach strategies of the project including engagement in partnership development with support institutions.

  • Coordinate implementation and administration of the sub-granting programme of the project.

  • Nurture knowledge sharing and exchange between project partners and target groups.

  • Liaise with the APC communications team to ensure maximum visibility is given to the project, including development of communication strategies with partners.

  • Work with groups, artists and other individuals in the region towards campaigning and movement building on issues of focus in the project.

  • Provide regular written updates on project implementation, and contribute to production of donor narrative reports.

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

  • Support production of inputs for regional and global internet governance and internet policy spaces and processes.

  • Participate in project activities and meetings, when relevant, including the project inception meeting in the first quarter of 2019.

Qualifications, background and experience
  • University degree, preferably in communications; social and political sciences; economic and social development; gender and feminist studies; development studies; human rights, or equivalent experience.

  • At least three years of experience in project management, including reporting and human resource management.

  • Experience in campaign organising, partnership development and stakeholder mapping.

  • Experience with platforms for online collaboration/knowledge sharing/building.

  • Knowledge about policy advocacy processes and other mechanisms.

  • Comfort/confidence with public engagement.

  • Enthusiasm on the topic of democratic and inclusive societies.

  • Track record as an inclusive network builder and team player.

  • Ability to plan and think strategically, in particular to revise practices and suggest solutions to ensure efficiency of the implementation of the project.

  • Capacity to work autonomously and in a team setting.

  • Excellent writing, documentation, filing and communication skills.

  • Excellent written and spoken English.

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

  • Availability to travel extensively.


The applicant should preferably be living in south or southeast Asia and must have excellent internet access. Being in the time zone between UTC+3 and UTC+5:30 as part of your normal working 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 coordinator and a range of USD 22,000 to USD 24,750 per annum (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 public engagement and movement building on social or religious issues

  • Experience in working with multiple organisations for collaborative work

  • Experience in working with different constituencies

  • Experience in advocacy or capacity building and networking

  • Experience in writing background documentation and performing research on social or religious issues

  • 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 the application

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

Please send this information and further questions via email with “Movement Building Support - Challenge” in the subject line to: by 15 January 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 a 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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