Title: Curriculum Associate
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Reports to: Curriculum Coordinator
Start date: January 2017
Early applications encouraged, as the position may fill earlier than the deadline. EarthRights International (ERI) will continue to accept applications past the deadline if the position is not yet filled
EarthRights Schools teach that the promotion and protection of earth rights are the cornerstones of democracy, and an engaged civil society is required to secure and defend those rights. Students gain specific knowledge and skills essential to the creation of a strong civil society and take this knowledge into their own communities, equipped to lead as agents of change.
ERI will launch a new initiative to develop an open source curriculum for a global network of independent functioning “EarthRights Schools”. In addition to the curriculum, essential “how to” instructions and necessary materials to replicate the EarthRights Schools model, elucidating core values and characteristics of the ERS vision and theory of change will be developed. This innovative initiative will provide support for: advocacy; legal action, and strong locally-based leadership for defending human rights and protecting the environment in local communities worldwide.
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the ERS Curriculum Coordinator and closely with the ERS training team and other ERI staff to coordinate the development of the core curriculum including; teaching manuals, student manuals, and case studies that can be shared and adapted to local situations and needs.
The main job responsibilities include:
Assist with curriculum development for ERI
Attend classes and record input to inform curriculum development
Collect and review all curricula materials identifying gaps in the existing core curriculum
Assist in formatting existing modules of ERS core curriculum into a unified whole that can be expanded and tailored to meet the needs of other organizations, communities, and countries
Assist with developing new materials on topics that need to be integrated into core curriculum such as climate change, etc.
Assist in developing experiential learning activities appropriate for second language learners into the core curriculum
Assist in developing experiential learning activities that emphasize critical thinking skills for curricula
Gather and organize resources and teaching materials for curriculum development
Assist with developing experiential learning activities
Assist in developing essential “how to” instructions and necessary materials to replicate the EarthRights School model in partner schools
Assist in updating the core curriculum annually to reflect current themes relevant to current social and political contexts
Maintain an organized and easily accessible collection of curriculum modules and build upon these annually
Assist with the development and maintenance of an electronic library of ERI curricula
The ERS Curriculum Associate may also be asked to:
Visit partner schools and organizations to provide in-service training on new curriculum
Assist in building a global network of closely linked independently functioning EarthRights Schools worldwide
Assist in providing technical support and guidance to facilitate others in launching their own schools
Work closely with IT staff in developing an electronic library of curricula
Experience in curriculum development
Teaching and campaigning experience
Strong organization and time management skills
Strong attention to detail
Strong writing skills
Strong cross cultural skills and experience working in a multicultural setting
Self-motivated, work well in an informal, team-oriented environment and have a sense of humor
Ability to work and write well in English
Knowledge of Mekong regional human rights and environmental issues
Ability to translate lessons learned from grassroots campaigns to an international audience
Experience doing human rights advocacy within a challenging political context
Ability to conduct outreach to regional grassroots political education movements
Available for occasional travel if needed
Skilled in use of Microsoft Office programs
Capable of presenting data in graphs, tables, maps, and other visual formats for reports and presentations.
Language skills in Southeast Asian languages
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
a competitive, non-profit sector, local Thai salary
medical insurance coverage
paid vacation, sick and personal days
a casual, and fun, work environment
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should email application materials to:
[email protected] with “Curriculum Associate” in the subject line.
1-page cover letter
1-2 page resume
1-5 page writing sample
3-5 references with phone numbers and email addresses
EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices.
Application deadline: December 21, 2016
About EarthRights International
EarthRights International (ERI) is a nongovernmental, non-profit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of earth rights. We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training for grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, ERI seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work.
EarthRights International Programs in Asia
ERI conducts campaigns to support communities struggling to protect their earth rights. Unsustainable development activities are pervasive in Southeast Asia, and ERI works to prevent destructive mega-development projects such as large dams from moving forward and to ensure that community-driven options are assessed. In addition, ERI works on innovative and precedent-setting legal work to hold corporations and governments to higher standards of social and environmental accountability. ERI works particularly on issues related to Myanmar and Thailand. ERI also works for women's rights and conflict transformation, and incorporates these perspectives into its various program initiatives.
The EarthRights Schools
The EarthRights School (ERS) is an innovative 8 month-long program in Southeast Asia that trains ethnically diverse indigenous people in environmental and human rights monitoring and advocacy techniques. The School, which has been in operation for over ten years, uses an experiential training methodology. The unique combination of classroom instruction and fieldwork trains effective monitors who are equipped to build community networks in Southeast Asia for documenting and exposing human rights and environmental abuses. By returning graduates to their home regions to actively engage local citizens, the program has a widespread, ongoing impact and provides crucial information for international advocacy efforts.
Since 1999, many students have graduated from the EarthRights School program and are working for social change and environmental protection in grassroots organizations in the Mekong region including Myanmar. The ERS alumni program supports them and helps to maximize the impact of their work by providing opportunities for graduates to network, collaborate, exchange information and resources, and receive training and technical assistance. We provide small project grants from the Daniel Clark Memorial Fund, conduct ongoing mobile trainings on specific areas, and facilitate alumni networking, through newsletter, an email listserv and reunions.