EarthRights School Teacher

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EarthRights School Teacher

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Position title: EarthRights School Teacher

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Reports to: Program Manager

Start date: August 01, 2019

End date: January 31, 2020

This is a six-month consultant position

EarthRights International is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as “earth rights.” Established in 1999, the EarthRights School is a unique, seven-month residential program that is designed to build power, put legal tools into the hands of front-line activists and NGOs, and help communities protect their rights and the environment. One of the program’s principal, overarching themes is leadership: EarthRights International aims to invest in a small group of outstanding individuals who will return to their homes to lead, inspire, and train others. We are currently seeking a full time EarthRights School Consultant Teacher. The post is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand with our partner foundation and requires occasional travel throughout the country.

Position Description

Reporting to the EarthRights School Manager, the Instructor will be familiar with the context of the Mekong region along with economic, political, social issues and is driven by a passion to transfer skills and expertise to the next generation of leaders. The Instructor’s work will include the collaborative design and implementation of the school curriculum in supportive and learner focused manner. The Instructor will also train, mentor and coach students to reach their learning objectives.

Key Responsibilities


  • Teach or co-facilitate classes in the second semester of the seven-month school program
  • Co-teach content classes on subjects related to community organizing, land rights, environmental impact assessment, and corporate social responsibility
  • Teach skill-building courses on subjects such as writing blog stories and fact sheets, action plans and portfolio development, public speaking and presentations for research results
  • Post-class reflection and evaluation for continuous improvement
  • Collaborate with the Program Manager to ensure continuity and consistency across the curriculum in a way that connects the dots for students

Lesson Plan Development

  • Design, manage and implement on-going revisions and new developments of lesson plans for the EarthRights School program
  • Prepare and teach the EarthRights School courses using an experiential education model. This includes reviewing past lesson plans and designing/redesigning them to meet current needs
  • Ensure internal EarthRights staff teachers integrate student-centered learning pedagogy into their lesson plans. Includes coordinating the development of lesson plans and/or developing full courses with EarthRights International staff teachers, depending on their level of experience
  • Ensure courses taught by internal EarthRights staff or guest teachers are holistically integrated with the entire curriculum
  • Manage a centralized collection of curricula, lesson plans and supplemental materials
  • Organize lesson plans into a streamlined curriculum suitable to share with an external audience
  • Plan and implement workflow for students around homework, writing assignments, readings and student presentations

Student Mentoring and Support

  • Provide academic and creative writing instruction, 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, press releases, fundraising proposals and individual action plans). Provide needed support related to daily course homework to ensure learning objectives are met
  • Serve as an advisor for students during their studies and field work, including provision of support related to selecting a research topic, preparing proposals, mentoring during fieldwork, and analysis and writing of their reports or written advocacy tools
  • 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 extracurricular activities
  • Accompany students to occasional recreational, cultural and educational events in Chiang Mai

Program Administration

  • Participate in organization-wide staff meetings when possible
  • Work closely with program manager in preparing program updates

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and/or at least 3 years of relevant experience related to teaching, training, mentoring, or capacity-building position with human rights, environmental rights organization preferred
  • Professional-level English writing skills are mandatory
  • Proven experiences in lessons planning and high awareness of creative and impactful learning approaches for a diverse student body with adult learners
  • Demonstrated understanding of the context of Southeast Asia
  • Demonstrated record of working in the development sector collaboratively with grassroots community movements, organizations, and international NGOs
  • Background in environment and human rights and/or Southeast Asian community work
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills, including experience working with diverse groups of people, especially students from across Southeast Asia
  • Strong computer skills, and digital skills especially in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team, both in person and via distance to plan and manage multiple competing tasks simultaneously in order to meet tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated gender sensitivity

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email their cover letter describing their interest in the position along with a CV to [email protected] by 15 July, 2019. Be sure to use “EarthRights School Teacher” as your subject line when submitting application materials.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.