Programme Officer – Asia

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Musawah ( is a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family that advances rights for women living in Muslim contexts, in both their public and private lives.

We act to strengthen the movement, build knowledge and advocate for change in discriminatory laws and practices. Musawah was launched in February 2009 at a Global Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that was attended by over 250 women and men from some 50 countries of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific.

Musawah is currently seeking an Asia Programme Officer based in a South or Southeast Asian (SA/SEA) country to coordinate Musawah’s capacity building and outreach activities in the region as part of our Campaign for Justice in Muslim Family Law (2020-2024). In addition to leading Campaign related activities in the region, the Programme Officer will work closely with the Musawah Programmes team in the areas of Knowledge Building, Capacity Building and Outreach, International Advocacy, Communications and other areas of the Secretariat. S/he will report directly to the Co-Directors.

Closing date of applications: 14th January 2022


Campaign for Justice in Muslim Family Laws and Outreach

a)    Develop a clear five year implementation plan of Musawah’s activities and strategies under the Campaign for the region, with clear outcome/impact and outputs/deliverables for each activity against timelines and budget leveraging the existing SA/SEA Strategy.

b)    Work alongside the CFJ Coordinator and Capacity Building & Outreach Officer (CBO) to develop the SA/SEA Muslim Family Law reform strategy, coordinate Musawah’s outreach work to grow the movement and to build a sense of community and common purpose among Musawah Advocates and allies in SA/SEA. This includes:

i.  Facilitating regional outreach and connections among Advocates to build the movement regionally and promote its body of work in knowledge building, capacity building and international advocacy;

ii.   Mapping the actors, issues and challenges on Muslim Family Laws and Practices in national contexts across the region;

iii.   Coordinating regional thematic groups including on child marriage in Muslim family laws;

iv.    Coordinating national-level collaborations under the CFJ, with activists and organisations in the region (1-2 a year);

v.    Responding to requests and facilitate regular information sharing among Advocates via regional outreach calls;

vi.    Maintaining regular contact with alumni of Musawah’s trainings in the region, tracking follow-up activities, and responding to their challenges and needs;

vii.    Working closely with the Communications team to disseminate Musawah knowledge, build a sense of engagement with Musawah as a movement, collect stories of change/transformation and engage with content creators  in the region;

viii.   Updating the Musawah database on Muslim Family Laws  for selected countries in the region.

c)    Ensure that all project activities are delivered on time, within scope and budget.

d)    Represent Musawah at meetings with regional partners, training sessions and workshops, and maintain comprehensive documentation of these events in shared drive and AirTable.

e)    Monitor and evaluate the impact and results of Musawah’s activities under the project and ensure clear and comprehensive documentation is kept.

f)     Develop impact reports, as required, to support Musawah’s reporting and engagement needs.

Capacity building

a)    Collaborate with the CBO to design, coordinate and implement Musawah’s capacity building training sessions in SA/SEA (both online and offline).

b)    Conduct relevant monitoring, evaluation and learning documentation and analysis to measure success and identify key lessons learned, and share those learnings and recommendations to help strengthen future work in the region.

Secretariat Support

a)    Participate in Secretariat and other meetings (virtual and in-person) as part of institutional strengthening.

b)    Represent Musawah at various national, regional and international meetings.

c)    Contribute to the needs of the Secretariat, including fundraising proposals and reports to funders, and assist other Secretariat members in any relevant work.

d)    Support the Secretariat with any administrative, logistics or backend work during Musawah organised training courses and/or events.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

The small team working with the Musawah Secretariat are not so much ‘staff’ as activists and professionals who are deeply committed to Musawah’s principles and who work together to advance Musawah. In this position, you would be expected to be mainly self-managing and self-motivated, contributing effectively to Musawah.

As Musawah addresses equality and justice in the Muslim family, the majority of those leading Musawah and those working in the Secretariat are expected to have personal experience of Muslim family laws or practices.

The Asia Programme Officer should be able to meet most of the following:

a)    Bachelor’s degree relevant social sciences. Master’s degree is preferred.

b)    Passionate belief in the vision, mission and objectives of Musawah, knowledge of issues related to women, gender and Islam, and a commitment to women’s human rights and a global feminist perspective.

c)    At least three years full-time experience of the women’s movement and advocating for women’s rights in two or more SA/SEA countries;

d)    At least three years experience coordinating programmes or projects, with proven ability to develop, implement and evaluate impact of activities. Experience working in Muslim contexts is an advantage.

e)    Fluency in English, with effective writing and communication skills. Fluency in Bahasa, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil or Bangla is an advantage;

f)     Strong networking and  interpersonal skills, with a “can do” attitude and a team player with proven ability to work collaboratively in global and virtual teams;

g)    Strong sensitivity and commitment to diversity related to beliefs, perspectives, cultures, geography, and sexuality;

h)    Experience with and/or willingness to learn Google Suite, social media platforms and online advocacy tools (Canva, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin,HootSuite, etc.); website management (WordPress); customer relationship management and email marketing (Airtable and Mailchimp a plus); Zoom video conferencing; and other digital tools as needed;

i)      Strong organisational skills including time management to juggle priorities, with an eye for detail and reporting.


Location, Salary and Benefits

Musawah offers a competitive salary and benefits scheme, appropriate for such a position in the non-profit sector, dependent upon experience and qualifications.

The successful candidate will be located in a South or Southeast Asian country which he/she is applying from, as the work entails engaging and networking with the national-level advocates and grassroots activists in the region.  You must have full working rights in the country in which you are based.

Relocating to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to be based at the Musawah Secretariat is an option that can be considered subject to management approval.

Salary range: USD 1,550 – USD 2,000/month

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