Senior Constitutional and Human Rights Expert (Myanmar)

Form of Employment: Short-term consultancy

Position Location: Yangon, Myanmar

Reporting lines: Country Representative Myanmar

Contract Period: 25th February 2019 – 10th March 2019

Deployment Period: 2nd March 2019 – 9th March 2019

Estimated days: 10 working days maximum (mission and home-based)



Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.


DRI is currently recruiting a Senior Constitutional and Human Rights Expert to support activities under an GIZ-funded project, “Strengthening Change-Makers’ Legal Analysis Skills on ICCPR and Freedom of Religion or Belief“. This project aims at providing technical support to various high-level stakeholders on pluralism, freedom of religion and rights of vulnerable groups in Myanmar, and to spark an informed policy dialogue among them on these issues currently at stake in the on-going peace process.


Duties and responsibilities

The Senior Constitutional and Human Rights Expert will work with DRI to design and conduct a series of activities that will explore different aspects of pluralism, freedom of religion, and rights of minority and vulnerable groups referring to international human rights instruments and comparative constitutional law. DRI has previously organised Chatham House style roundtables focusing on various aspect of democratic governance currently discussed in Myanmar peace negotiations such as decentralization, federalism, sub-state constitutions, sequencing and linkages between peace process and constitutional reform. The Senior Constitutional and Human Rights Expert will work with the DRI Country Representative, Programme Coordinator, and project Advisor to design roundtables relevant to the political context, participate in the events as resource person, and provide comparative insight to, state officials, EAOs, civil society organisations and other relevant stakeholders.



The Senior Constitutional and Human Rights Expert will be expected to:

  • Collaborate with the DRI Myanmar Country Representative and Country Office team on the design and development of the activities, including a high-level multi-stakeholder Chatham House roundtable
  • Provide technical advice and comparative inputs to, government officials, EAOs, civil society and other relevant national stakeholders involved in the peace process and constitution-building
  • Act as a resource person at roundtables and other relevant events, designing and facilitating sessions as required
  • Suggest a list of handouts and materials for the event, and provide a draft outline for a handbook on pluralism in multi-ethnic states.



The mission is scheduled from 2nd March 2019 to 9th March 2019.

Location and/or Travel Plan:

During planned events, the Senior Constitutional and Human Rights Expert will be expected to travel to Myanmar and work from the DRI office in Yangon, with internal travel to Naypyitaw and other major cities as appropriate.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s, or Ph.D) in law, political science, or a related field;
  • At least 10 years of experience in democracy support with a focus on human rights and constitution-making processes and subject matter expertise in any of the following areas: pluralism in constitutions, the right to self-determination, freedom of religion and belief, minority rights, sub-national constitutions (in a federal framework), peace processes and constitutional reform, and the working principles of federalism;
  • Experience in delivering technical assistance, training sessions, or capacity-building on human rights and democratic constitutions, as well as any of the subject matters listed previously;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the constitutional and legal frameworks in Myanmar is an asset;
  • Working experience in Myanmar and in the region strongly preferred;
  • Excellent command of English is required;
  • Excellent research and reporting skills are required.


DRI values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Women are encouraged to apply.


Deadline for applications is 3rd February 2019.


Candidates should submit a CV to [email protected] with ‘Senior Constitutional and Human Rights Expert’ in the subject line.


Short-listed candidates might be contacted before the application closing date.


Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10


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