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Regional Program Officer, Peace and Transitions, Thailand

Location: Thailand
Program area: Conflict and Fragile Conditions
Deadline: July 17, 2022

The Asia Foundation’s regional peace and transitions team seeks a skilled and enthusiastic program officer with relevant experience to play a vital role in our regional programs for the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia Foundation is an international development organization committed to developing a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region.

The Asia Foundation’s regional peace and transitions team supports effective regional programming. Alongside our country offices, the team addresses the root causes of instability through locally grounded and context-driven efforts to improve governance, targeted support for peacebuilding, policy analysis, and concerted efforts to reduce gender-based violence. Emphasis is placed across programs on partnering with domestic institutions and building a better understanding of how violence can be addressed.

The regional peace and transitions program covers several contrasting initiatives working in this space. There is a significant current focus on Myanmar, for which discretion and care are required. The program has a strong policy research element and emphasizes knowledge and communications as a core part of its work. Priority is given to ensuring that inputs and research findings are used by policymakers and others, building networks of specialists, and ensuring that initiatives achieve a strong, positive impact. Gender and social equality objectives are integrated across this work.

The program officer will work as part of a team and interact with other regional organizations. An initial 2-year contract will be offered. This post is expected to be based in Bangkok; applicants need Thai nationality or eligibility to work in Thailand.


  • Planning programs and activities, contracting suppliers and consultants, monitoring progress and expenditure, coordinating reports to funders, and related measures.
  • Maintaining good relations with partners and donors across several ongoing initiatives.
  • Communicating with colleagues and partners across the region and beyond.
  • Development of presentations, documents, briefings, and online material, potentially including basic graphic design, some facilitation, presentation, or public speaking.
  • Coordinating online events, in-person meetings (when possible), in-house specialists’ network, and stakeholder lists.
  • Tracking performance and general expenditure against project objectives and indicators
  • Other tasks to support the daily management and longer-term planning of development, peace support, and knowledge generation initiatives, with support from colleagues and managers.


  • A minimum of five years’ experience in development, peacebuilding, social research, or related fields. Relevant alternative experience may also qualify.
  • Competence in managing projects including implementation, monitoring, and reporting to funders.
  • An interest in peace, justice, and equality across the Asia region, and in working on challenges in Myanmar from a regional base in Bangkok.
  • Respect for discretion and willingness to navigate political sensitivities.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
  • Fluent or near-fluent written and spoken English, with experience in writing project reports and briefs or articles, is considered a bonus.
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to work as part of an in-house team and to work effectively with partners and colleagues across diverse cultures and different countries.
  • Familiarity with popular social media platforms, and non-technical understanding of content management systems and web design
  • University degree or first degree in Politics, Social Sciences, or a similar related field. A relevant postgraduate degree is also an asset.