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Asia-Pacific Programme Officer

Association for the Prevention of Torture
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Last Date: August 28, 2011
Email: (Reference:

Asia-Pacific Programme Officer
Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

Deadline for submission: Monday 5 September 2011

The APT is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Programme Officer to implement its Asia-Pacific regional programme in cooperation with its partners. Established in 2007, the APT’s Asia-Pacific Programme works for the prevention of torture and other ill-treatment in the region, with a focus on priority countries, including Indonesia, Nepal and Thailand. The programme currently has three main priorities, within the APT’s strategic objectives:

• Contributing to a critical mass of OPCAT ratifications in Asia Pacific, with effective NPMs in key countries
• Supporting processes for effective legal reform against torture in target countries
• Contributing to strengthened capacity and determination of key actors to prevent torture (NHRIs, criminal justice officials, NGOs).

The size and nature of the APT makes it essential to develop and nurture strong and durable partnerships with regional and local human rights bodies and authorities.

The Programme Officer will be based in Geneva. This is a full time permanent position (part time will also be considered).

Specific responsibilities include:

• Developing and implementing APT’s programme work in the Asia-Pacific region;
• In close cooperation with APT’s partners, developing and implementing advocacy strategies at national, regional and international level;
• Designing projects in consultation with APT partners and Programme Staff; writing projects proposals with budgets for the Asia-Pacific Programme;
• In cooperation with the APT’s thematic programmes, develop and deliver training sessions on certain aspects of torture prevention for a variety of audiences in the region;
• Developing and strengthening relations with the human rights community in the Asia-Pacific region;
• Providing APT’s partners in the region with relevant and up-to-date information on the action of UN anti-torture mechanisms, and facilitating access to those bodies;
• Participating in relevant regional and international activities;
• Supervising and delegating work to interns operating within the ambit of the Asia-Pacific Programme;
• Preparing narrative and financial reports, and maintaining budgets;

Minimum qualifications:

Education & Experience

• University degree in a directly-related discipline such as international development, human rights law or political science (or an equivalent combination of education and experience);
• A minimum of five (5) years progressive work experience in the implementation of international human rights standards, including project management;
• Proven experience in the building and maintenance of alliances and networks.

Other Skills

• Excellent political judgment and the proven ability to develop and carry out innovative advocacy work;
• Capacity to think and work strategically;
• Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively with partners at a distance;
• A sound understanding of the political situation and human rights conditions in the region;
• Strong drafting, analytical, organisational and public speaking skills;
• Ability to represent the APT and interact with a wide variety of actors, including high level government officials;
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently as well as part of a multi-cultural team;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
• Ability to travel several weeks a year to the Asia-Pacific Region;

Additional skills and qualifications (desired but not essential):

• At least 2 years of relevant work experience in the Asia-Pacific region;
• A degree in international human rights law;
• Proficiency in French or the national language of one of APT’s Asia-Pacific priority countries;
• Experience working against torture and other ill-treatment;
• Experience in visiting and monitoring places of detention.

How to apply

Applications should be sent by Monday 5 September 2011, by email to
or by post to Sylvie Pittet, Administrator, APT, P.O. Box 137, 1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland.

Applications should contain:
- A motivating letter
- CV
- Short writing sample
- The contact details of two referees.


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