Title: Teacher, EarthRights Schools (ERS)

Start DateFebruary 2017

Reports to:  ERS Training Director (day-to-day supervision by ERS Myanmar and Mekong Program Coordinators)

Purpose:  To design, develop and deliver teaching support to human rights and environmental activists from Myanmar and the Mekong countries who speak English as a second language. 

Job Responsibilities:

Provide support to the EarthRights Schools through direct teaching of courses, curriculum development and revision, and student mentoring and support with field trips, assignments and course content.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

Teaching & Curriculum Development (40%)

  • Teach ERS courses to 10 -14 adult mixed level students. Core courses to teach include: Globalization, Development and Human Rights; Fact-finding and Research Methods; Campaign Writing Tools; and Personal Security for Human Rights Defenders.
  • Co-facilitate orientation classes, including Peace-building and Conflict Transformation; Gender and Power Dynamics; and Communication Skills.
  • Teach public speaking and presentation skills, interviewing skills, and academic writing in a variety of genres relevant to campaigning and advocacy and organizational strengthening.
  • Co-facilitate the Introduction to Earth Rights course with ERI’s Legal Team on international human rights law and international environmental law.
  • Facilitate field trip preparation and reflection sessions, in collaboration with other training staff.
  • Facilitate activities and events for students to participate in, such as film discussions and awareness and campaign activities (e.g. World Environment Day; 16 days of Action to End Gender-Based Violence).
  • Assist with on-going revision and new development of curricula for training programs.
  • Assist with managing a centralized collection of curricula and lesson plans.

 Student Mentoring (40%)

  • Provide academic and creative writing and English language support through written and verbal feedback on writing assignments including; essays, research proposals and reports, written campaign tools such as blogs, fact-sheets and press releases,fundraising proposals, and other relevant texts.
  • Serve as an adviser for students during their studies and field work, including providing support with selecting their research topics, preparing their proposals, mentoring during their field work session, and analysis and writing of their reports or written advocacy tools.
  • Advise students outside of class, providing support depending on their individual needs and concerns.
  • Facilitate student contributions to the ERI blog and website, including essays, photo essays, videos, and condensed exerts from research reports.
  • Accompany and support students on field trips to visit communities campaigning against earth rights abuses.
  • Help students process and reflect critically on their learning experience from field trips and other extracurricular activities.
  • Accompany students to occasional recreational, cultural and educational events in Chiang Mai.  
  • Support students’ self-care and physical and mental health needs by teaching regular yoga classes, meditation, and organizing weekly opportunities to participate in sports and recreation activities.

Organizational/Administrative Duties (20%)

  • Plan and coordinate evening and weekend homework sessions, written assignments,and reading assignments for the students.
  • Work closely with teaching assistant as well as coordinators in teaching, curriculum development, and assessment of students’ progress and needs.
  • Coordinate student and staff contributions to ERI’s website, blog and social media sites through collaboration with ERI’s Communications Team.
  • Submit regular reports updating the coordinators and director.
  • Participate in staff project meetings as required.

Application Guidelines

The application deadline is December 20, 2016 but we prefer to receive applications as soon as possible. An application consists of a resume and cover letter that directly addresses the selection criteria. Please send applications by email to: [email protected] and include:   “ERS Teacher” on the subject line.

ERS offers a competitive Thai salary. EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, or sexual orientation. Applications from women and people of color are particularly encouraged.

About EarthRights International

EarthRights International (ERI) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization (NGO) combining the power of law and the power of people to protect earth rights.  EarthRights affirm the strong connection between human well-being and a sound environment, and include the right to a healthy environment, the right to speak out and act to protect the environment, and the right to participate in development decisions.

On the grassroots level, ERI focuses on campaigns in Southeast Asia, but also works internationally to expose abuses and devise strategies for their eradication. Specifically, ERI investigates, monitors, and exposes abuses occurring in the name of development. ERI works to increase the transparency and accountability of governments, transnational corporations, and international institutions while protecting human rights and environmental defenders. ERI does so through a multifaceted program of investigations, publications, litigation and other legal work.  ERI is involved in grassroots organizing, education and training, as well as local, national, regional, and international advocacy.

ERI has offices in northern Thailand and Washington, D.C. ERI was incorporated in the U.S. and has nonprofit status pursuant to U.S. Tax Code 501(c) (3). The staff is ethnically diverse (evenly divided between people from the Global North and South), and is composed of lawyers, human rights and environmental activists, and experienced NGO workers and educators.