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Recruitment for Volunteer Position: Media Researcher

Suaka is a voluntary civil society network of organizational and individual members working for refugee rights protection in Indonesia. Suaka seeks a committed volunteer Media Researcher to work independently (approx 3-5 hours per week) to collect and collate relevant news coverage information on asylum seeker and refugee issues, presented in a weekly summary to the SUAKA secretariat. The Media Researcher will report to the SUAKA Chairperson for an 8-month position commencing April 2014. Qualifications:

  1. A strong interest in the humanitarian and human rights protection of asylum seekers and refugees
  2. Fluent in both English and Indonesian written languages
  3. Experience in developing research strategies and the use of a database (training on SUAKA database will be provided)
  4. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  5. Experience in administration work and team work; good skills in public relations and having a wide network with media/journalists would be an advantage although not important, as long as they have a passion for human rights issues, community development and community service


  1. Monitor reports on asylum seeker or refugee issues in Indonesia (print and online; TV/radio would be useful) in national and international media and summarize developments and incidents in a short (1 page) weekly report submitted on a Friday to the Suaka Secretariat
  2. Develop and update a media database highlighting: a. incidents of human rights violation, interception, arrest, detention, boat sinking, “turn back” of boats to Indonesia, smuggling etc; noting the number of people affected and nationality b. statements by government officials, use of language by journalists (illegal migrants, refugees, asylum seekers etc.); and c. references to legal obligations or regulations
  3. Compile URL links of articles or releases into the database
  4. Be available for incidental clarification questions via email or phone (time to be agreed)
  5. If interested and time permits, participate in the SUAKA Public Awareness Working Group

Expressions of Interest for this volunteer position can be sent by email by Monday 7 March 2014 to suaka.secretariat[at] with your CV and an outline of your availability over April – December 2014. Thank you for your support to make refugee rights a reality in Indonesia. Suaka Secretariat