Volunteer Opportunity – Remote
Asia Weekly Contributor (South-, Southeast-, or East Asia)
Exploring Asia in Review
Are you passionate about the intersection of law and politics in South, Southeast, or East Asia? Asia in Review, a trusted news review since 2017, offers volunteering opportunities for advanced students and young professionals.
Hosted by the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Asia in Review focuses on constitutional matters and international affairs in the region. We offer this opportunity the individuals passionate about writing, research, communication, or organization.
As an Asia Weekly Contributor, you’ll contribute to a concise, impartial format reporting on significant events in Constitutional Law and Politics, Human Rights, International Relations and Geopolitics, and Security and Defense. Our readership includes government and university departments, non-government and international organizations, journalists, and researchers worldwide.
CPG, a German government-funded institute headquartered at the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University, engages in multidisciplinary research and consultancy at the intersection of law and politics. Our activities include the publication of Asia in Review and Europe in Review, providing comprehensive coverage of developments in constitutional politics, human rights, international relations, geopolitics, national security, and regional order in Asia and Europe. Join us in making a meaningful impact on the geopolitical and legal landscapes of Asia!
Discover more about Asia in Review by visiting https://cpg-online.de/cpgs-asia-in-review/
Asia in Review Editorial and Management Edit
- Deputy Editors-in-Chief
- Head of Managing Unit for Asia in Review and Europe in Review
- Volunteers (Asia Weekly Contributors for editorial and Managing Unit Volunteers for management)
Mission, goals, and impact of the Asia in Review volunteer program
Our volunteer program at Asia in Review aims to provide advanced students and young professionals with valuable opportunities to engage in research, writing, and analysis of significant events and developments in Asia’s legal and political landscape. By contributing to our publication, volunteers gain practical experience, enhance their skills, and make meaningful contributions to public discourse on constitutional matters, human rights, international relations, and security.
- Offer volunteers the chance to explore and deepen their understanding of the intersection of law and politics in Asia.
- Provide a platform for volunteers to develop their research, writing, and analytical skills through practical application and mentorship.
- Create a diverse and collaborative community of volunteers who share a passion for Asian affairs and contribute to the intellectual exchange of ideas.
- Produce high-quality content for Asia in Review that informs and educates a global audience of policymakers, academics, journalists, and researchers.
- Empowering volunteers to become informed and engaged citizens with a nuanced understanding of Asian legal and political issues.
- Fostering a culture of lifelong learning and professional development among participants.
- Enhancing the visibility and credibility of Asia in Review as a trusted source of information and analysis on Asian affairs.
- Strengthening the ties between the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) and the broader academic and professional community interested in Asian studies.
- Contributing to the advancement of knowledge and discourse on Asia’s geopolitical and legal landscapes.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Asia Weekly Contributor role involves two crucial roles: Writer and Researcher. The specific position assigned to each contributor is determined by the hiring needs and the applicant’s qualifications.
Asia Weekly Writer
As an Asia Weekly Writer, your main responsibility is to research, conceptualize, and write concise and comprehensive articles on significant events and developments in a country within the region. After submitting your work to the editorial team for review, you will make any necessary revisions and resubmit it for publication within a predetermined timeline.
Weekly Production Cycles for Asia Weekly Publication
All volunteers are expected to meet the predetermined timeline within the cycle. *Please be aware that the weekly deadlines may be subject to change based on requirements.
Asia Weekly Researcher
As an Asia Weekly Researcher, your primary task is to gather information on developments and events in the country/countries you have been assigned to and submit the material within a predetermined timeline. This exercise is designed to improve your research skills and develop organized and efficient research methods, enabling you to become knowledgeable about your assigned country, recognize reliable sources, and maintain all data organized.
Determining Country Allocation for Asia Weekly Contributors
Asia Weekly relies on two factors to determine country allocation for volunteers: the volunteer’s preferred country(ies)/ region(s) and the needs of the Asia Weekly.
The Benefits of Getting Involved
As we continue to expand, there are a multitude of opportunities for you to engage in a meaningful and enriching way by taking on a role that aligns with your interests and strengths. By joining our team, you can expect to receive the following benefits:
- The guidance and mentorship of dedicated supervisors
- Improvement in your analytical and writing skills
- A deeper understanding of an intellectual area
- The chance to be a part of an ambitious team
- Exposure to potential professional opportunities
- The opportunity to broaden your personal and academic connections in Asia and beyond.
Volunteers who successfully complete their term with Asia in Review will be presented with a certificate acknowledging their achievements. Moreover, we can also provide an internship certificate for those who complete their volunteering period.
Requirements and Competencies for the Role
- Understanding of Legal-Political Climate: A thorough comprehension of the legal and political conditions and realities in the designated area is essential.
- Exceptional Communication Skills: A proficient command of the English language is necessary to clearly articulate thoughts in both written and spoken forms.
- Attention to Detail: A strong focus on accuracy and precision in all aspects of work is crucial, ensuring meticulous attention to detail.
- Collaborative Teamwork: The ability to thrive in a highly collaborative team environment, contributing effectively to collective goals and projects.
- Self-motivation: An inherent drive and motivation to excel in the role independently, taking initiative to meet objectives and deadlines.
- Organizational Skills: Excellent organizational abilities to manage tasks, time, and resources efficiently.
Volunteering Commitment and Probationary Period
The weekly amount of time required to volunteer may vary depending on your country or the topic you’re working on, but we suggest a commitment of a minimum of 15 hours per week. You’re welcome to commit more time if you’re able to. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of four months, but we highly encourage those who can stay for up to six months to apply.
Please be advised that a mandatory one-month probationary period is required for all volunteers at Asia Weekly. This period is designed to evaluate both parties and determine if the role aligns with your expectations and if you’re a suitable fit for our team. Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer position.
How to apply?
If you’re interested in becoming a Contributor, please submit your application here: https://cpg-online.de/air-eir-volunteer-program-unpaid-remote-or-on-site/
We will respond to your application within 10 working days. However, during busy periods, it may take a little longer.
CPG is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, or any other protected class.
For other opportunities, please visit https://cpg-online.de/about-what-we-offer-career-opportunities/.
Discovering Asia in Review and Its Producers
Behind Asia in Review is the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), in partnership with the Asian Governance Foundation.
CPG is a reputable academic institution and think tank connected to the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University in Bangkok. It is one of only five Centers of Excellence created worldwide since 2009 under the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government, built upon a three-party cooperation between the German universities of Frankfurt and Münster and Thammasat University. CPG is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and receives administrative support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The CPG’s areas of expertise include comparative constitutional and administrative law, human rights, peace and security studies, governance and compliance, as well as law and policy reform. They organize seminars, conferences, training courses and workshops, project evaluation, and consultation services to the public and other interested parties through their members and partners.
Discover more about CPG by visiting https://cpg-online.de/home/about-cpg/
+66 2 613 2971
CPG, Thammasat University, Faculty of Law, Bangkok, Thailand.
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