Research Assistant, The Right Livelihood College (RLC)
About the RLC
The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global capacity building initiative of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. It aims to harness and spread the knowledge and experience of Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, popularly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.
It does this through promotion of education, research, public understanding and practical activities which:
· Contribute to a global ecological balance
· Are aimed at eliminating material and spiritual poverty
· Contribute to lasting peace and justice in the world
The Right Livelihood College (RLC)’s global secretariat is hosted by the University Sains Malaysia’s Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS).
Description of Position
The Right Livelihood College is seeking a qualified Research Assistant to join the team and provide administrative, programmatic and communication support for the College.
A suitable honorarium will be provided to the Research Assistant for his/her services.The appointment is normally on a one year basis, with a possibly for renewal. The Research Assistant shall be responsible to the Director and Programme Manager of the Right Livelihood College (RLC), Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS).
A minimum commitment of twenty five hours a week is envisaged. A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the internship.
*Candidates should be preferrably pursuing a Master’s degree at USM’s main campus, with a special interest in international public interest work and community engagement.
*A positive attitude and a sense of humor is a must.
*Candidates must have a good working knowledge of the internet, Microsoft Office Suite and be able to update and manage the College’s website.
1. To assist the Programme Manager to coordinate and facilitate learning and training programmes as in the following tracks :
a. LECTURES – Laureates will share their ”winning ideas” with the staff and students and other key stake holders on their particular issues
b. FELLOWSHIPS – fellowships and research grants will be given to outstanding students and researchers to further work with the Laureates and which help to realise the vision and mission of the initiative;
c. INTERNS – 2-5 interns per year will be supported with mentoring by Laureates on specific issues;
d. INTERNATIONAL SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS – various international policy and action capacity building seminars and workshops will be promoted leveraging on the specific talent of Laureates;
e. · PUBLICATIONS – The College will put forward two types of publications – a scientific monograph series and easy to understand publications in popular booklet series. Both these series will
be on each of the Laureates that help to explain the key issues, actions and
f. FILMS – that can inspire the multiplication of the thoughts and actions of the
Laureates will be produced;
g. DAYS OF ACTION SERIES – for selected international United Nations days to link specifically with issues of the laureates (e.g. Biodiversity, Water, Migrant workers) with special programmes to popularise the issue together with the Laureates;
h. INTERNATIONAL UPSCALING – The College will be working closely with the Laureates in identifying appropriate institutions that can be partners with the College and the Laureates. The RLC is currently also operating at the University of Lund, Sweden, the University of Addis Ababa Ethiopia, and the University of Bonn, Germany.
1. To coordinate and facilitate specific programs organized by RLC and CenPRIS at USM such as:
a. Celebrating the Days of Action.
b. “Lifting Others through Volunteer Engagement” Annual NGO Festival together with AIESEC.
c. Bioneers Initiative.
d. RLC Film Festival.
e. RLC Workshops.
2. Act as a liaison with various USM student groups and departments.
3. Under the direction of the Programme Manager, maintain and regularly update the RLC website.
4. Establish and maintain RLC’s online presence in Facebook and other social networking websites.
5. Update the RLC events diary on a weekly basis.
6. Perform other duties as required.
To apply for this position, please send a CV and a cover letter to Mr Sharan Srinivas, RLC Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org before 2ND OCTOBER 2011
For more information, please visit www.usm.my/rlc and www.rightlivelihood.org