Instructor, Gender Equality and Human Rights-Based Approach Programme

PCAsia is seeking an energetic and motivated candidate to fill the position of “Instructor for the Gender Equality and Human Rights-Based Approach Programme” of a high profile and dynamic organization. She/he is based in Lao PDR.

Parliamentary Centre of Asia

The Parliamentary Centre of Asia (PCAsia), established in early 2021 in Phnom Penh, is the successor of the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia founded in 2011, a transition that reflects an expansion of activities with Parliaments across Southeast Asia and encouraged through an MoU and the Resolutions of the General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). The mandate of PCAsia is therefore to contribute to the strengthening of Southeast Asian Parliaments through capacity building of their staff, based on the demands or requests of each parliament. It draws on the expertise of national, regional, and international partners (Parliaments and research centres).

Role of department

The training of Parliamentary staff is at the core of PCAsia’s mission, and the Capacity Development (CD) department is responsible for carrying out the bulk of this work. CD handles curriculum and syllabus design for many training programmes, and its staff provides practical training according to their respective expertise for most of the many training programmes. With the transition to blended learning and learning by distance, CD staff increasingly play a facilitation role, working with external experts to design and deliver content suitable for digital platforms, then working with trainees to complete the related assignments.

Other responsibilities include researching, the mentoring and quality control of research products produced by the trained parliamentary researchers, and providing quality control technical advice with regards to newly-trained parliamentary staff members when back working in their institutions of provenance in applying their newly-acquired skills.

Position description

Under the direction and supervision of the Gender Equality and Human Rights-Based Approach Programme Manager, the Instructor is responsible to provide training, both theoretical and “on – the – job” coaching, to regional trainees who participate in the CD trainings programmes and research material to meet the requests of parliamentary clients. She/he is also required to provide follow-up to trainees after they completed their training on the request of the programme manager. This may also include participating in the development of Gender Equality/Human Rights-Based Approach curricula for training of parliamentary staff and development of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) policy. The Instructor is also responsible for addressing client requests in a timely manner and meeting acceptable quality standards. The position holder is expected to acquire the necessary digital/technical skills that are provided by PCAsia to deliver blended learning. In addition, he/she is expected to act in a collaborative manner with other sections in the department in fulfilling client requests in a timely manner. This position is based in Vientiane, Lao PDR

Main responsibilities and tasks

  • Under the direction of the Capacity Development Director and the Gender Equality and Human Rights-Based Approach Programme Manager, the instructor serves as a resource person in her/his fields of expertise (human rights/gender equality)
  • Assist in the development of curricula on Gender Equality /Human Rights-Based Approach for PCAsia for “stand alone” training for parliamentary and PCAsia staff as well as being integrated into PCAsia’s various training programmes and research outputs.
  • Work closely with the programme members and other instructors to ensure gender mainstreaming/human rights-based approach are incorporated in all training programs of CD Department
  • Contribute to the trainings and coaching in assigned subject matter areas
  • Assist and support trainees in the completion of their training courses
  • Strictly enforce the quality control protocol and/or peer review process for quality control of the parliamentary training outputs
  • Participate in the planning, delivering and evaluation of training programme activities and capacity building projects.
  • Any other reasonable task requested by CDD senior management.
  • Demonstrate and promote fair and reasonable standards in a multi-cultural, capacity development environment using a constructive professional approach with PCAsia clients and trainees.
  • Perform other tasks as requested by the Capacity Development Director and/or the Gender Equality and Human Rights-Based Approach Programme Manager.

Required qualifications, skills and experience


  • Postgraduate university degree in social sciences,  legal field or other relevant discipline, preferably with a specialization in gender/human rights research and training. Overseas university degree is an asset.
  • At least three-years working experience in conducting research and teaching in the legal, social, economic or policy research related fields.
  • Good policy research skills, conceptual and analytical capabilities, with experience in public policy and/or gender/human rights development research and training environment.
  • Ability to plan effectively, set goals and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrable professional research, training and coaching skills in providing input into expert opinions and scientific reports.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Computer skills sufficient to produce work products in MS Word required (English, Lao and other ASEAN languages as appropriate).
  • Good oral and written communication skills in Lao and English. 
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and resourcefulness, and to work under pressure to deliver results under tight deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel to the provinces and abroad.
  • Computer skills sufficient to produce work products in MS Word (English and Lao where appropriate).


  • Previous experience working in government, parliament or other political organization in Southeast Asia
  • Knowledge and experience with AIPA Member Parliaments
  • Experience working with international organisations/associations, civil society organizations, academia on policy and development issues.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to [email protected] with “Instructor, Gender Equality and Human Rights-Based Approach Programme in Lao PDR for the Parliamentary Centre of Asia”, in the subject line and with mention of the source of advertisement. Please indicate separately the expected salary. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.