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Thematic Adviser on Human rights-based approach


Organization : Stockholm Environment Institute
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 6 Jun 2019
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Deadline : 17 / June / 2019

Call for Application 

Thematic Adviser on Human rights-based approach 

SUMERNET 4 All Programme 

SUMERNET 4 All is a knowledge-based policy research programme. The programme wants to support research projects that focus on reducing water insecurity for all in particular for the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region. Within this focus are three themes: 

1.water access, rights and allocation in times of water insecurity;

2.governance and management of water-related disaster risks;

3.transboundary interactions with water systems.

For more details on SUMERNET, please see this link. 

To ensure SUMERNET delivers the greatest impact, we are looking for thematic advisers. 

Deadline: 17 June 2019

The Advisers will help provide credible and reliable support for SUMERNET 4 All and its partners in conducting collaborative research and policy engagement. The SUMERNET Advisers are high‐profile academics, experts, policy makers, NGO and donor representatives who provide strategic advice on the development of research for policy and practice, communications and policy engagement. They are drawn from some of the best minds, skills and competencies found in the Mekong Region. 

The SUMERNET 4 All Thematic Advisers will provide support for research partners in the following topics: Gender equality and social equity; Human rights-based approaches; Conflict sensitivity; Integrated regional assessment; Decision support system, modelling, tools and analysis; and, Water insecurity. Importantly the thematic advisers will work together to provide an integrated resource to improve knowledge and build capacity in SUMERNET projects and across the network. 

Human rights-based approaches Adviser 

Human rights-based approaches are embedded in all relevant research and policy engagement activities of SUMERNET 4 All including key principles of accountability and transparency, participation, and non-discrimination. Ensuring overall SUMERNET 4 All so that programme activities can address the water insecurity issues of the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region. 

Specifically, the human rights-based approaches adviser will guide SUMERNET in addressing water insecurity for all, which includes ensuring access of water resources for all. Insights and advice will include, but not be limited to, concepts on rights-based approaches, integrating/mainstreaming a human rights-based approach in research design, training and capacity building tasks, development planning with a human rights-based approach and others. 

Contract period 

The Thematic Adviser will contribute to SUMERNET 4 All programme activities on a part-time basis an initial period of 18 months, after which extension is possible subject to the performance assessment and endorsement of the SUMERNET Steering Committee. Estimated time inputs in each year is between 20 - 30 working days. The final number of working days will be discussed during contract negotiation process. 


1)Review the applications for SUMERNET grants in the areas of human rights expertise consideringcall documents and selection criteria.

2)Plan and ensure cross-cutting themes are incorporated into the research and policy engagementefforts of the Network.

3)Work with Component Coordinators and network partners to ensure that cross-cutting themesare issues central to the problem sets designed for each Component.

4)In collaboration with Component Coordinators and network partners design specific researchactivities related to the subject matter represented in the cross-cutting themes.

5)Design and organize training activities and mentoring support to improve and update theknowledge of researchers on conceptual and methodological approaches in addressing thesubject matter in the cross-cutting themes.

6)Review and provide inputs into the methodology and work plans of research projects undertakenwithin the Network.

7)Review and provide inputs into research and policy products.

8)Advise on mechanisms or entry points where research findings and policy recommendations canbe used to contribute to relevant national and regional strategies, policies, planning, instituteseffectively in practice.

Specific Tasks 

1)Provide capacity building of all relevant grantees, SSC and SUMERNET Secretariat in human rights-based approaches associated with natural resources with the focus on water sector.

2)Develop the guidelines for embedding human rights-based approaches into research agendas.

3)Support the development of ethical review guidelines

4)Support both the design and implementation of human-rights based approaches toSUMMERNET projects


1)Formal recognition for their contribution to SUMERNET 4 All this being acknowledged throughmeetings, the SUMERNET website, and relevant publications.

2)Co-authorship or acknowledgement (depending on the level of contribution if the contribution ofThematic Advisors is significant) in the writing of sub-national and integrated regional assessmentand associated peer reviewed articles of grantees.

3)Direct costs (e.g. travel and accommodation) when participating in SUMERNET related events.

4)Professional fees where relevant for associated services.

Note that this is not a full-time position with monthly salary and benefits. 

Application process 

SUMERNET invites highly qualified network members with relevant background and experience to apply for this long-term advisory position. For any interest, please submit the application documents below: 

  • •Cover letter highlighting the candidates’ motivation to apply to this role and specific experiencerelated to each of all general and specific responsible tasks
  • •CVs
  • •2-3 writing samples in which the candidate is a lead author
  • •Daily rate (in USD) of the applicant.

All documents should be submitted online at the following link: by latest 17 June 2019.For further inquiries, please contact SUMERNET Programme Manager, Mr. Agus Nugroho ( and Ms. Unchulee Lualon ( 

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