ASEAN Program Intern

Terms of Reference

Deadline for applications: 5PM Manila time, 30 September 2021

Position: ASEAN Program Intern

Position status: Open to all current students of an accredited higher educational institution within the ASEAN region

Duration: 1 semester or as appropriate

Remuneration: ASEAN-ACT remuneration framework

Reports to: Program Director - ASEAN

Location: Remote/home-based

Performance Management and Reporting Framework: Program reporting framework

Contact details

Queries relating to this position should be directed to

It is essential that you quote “Intern- ASEAN Program” in your e-mail title, or you may not receive a response.

Child protection

Cardno is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our International Development programs. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment and will include relevant criminal record checks.

Cardno is an equal opportunity employer

Cardno encourages women to apply. Cardno recognises the moral and legal responsibility to provide an equal opportunity workplace by ensuring that all recruitment and selection decisions are based on the best qualified and experienced candidate who can perform the genuine inherent requirements of the position.

Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach, you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture.

About the organisation

Cardno is a global consulting organisation that manages projects for major donors, delivering aid work in various disciplines such as education, health, governance, resource and environment management and infrastructure. Our work expands across Europe, Latin and North America, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.  With over 6,000 staff worldwide, our vision is to be a world leader in the provision of professional services to improve the physical and social environment.

About the program:

ASEAN–Australia Counter Trafficking (ASEAN-ACT) continues Australia’s long running collaboration with ASEAN and its member states to end human trafficking in our region. The program works primarily on strengthening the justice sector response to human trafficking, while opening new partnerships with allied government agencies, civil society and business. It engages all 10 ASEAN Member States in some capacity and has national-level programming in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar (currently on hold), the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. ASEAN-ACT works to support ASEAN member states to implement the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP).

Program Outcomes

The overarching goal that ASEAN-ACT contributes to is that ASEAN member states have effective justice systems that provide just punishment of traffickers and protect the rights of victims. Three interrelated end-of-program outcomes (EOPOs) contribute to the achievement of this goal by 2028:

  1. EOPO1: ASEAN’s planning, monitoring and reporting of ACTIP implementation is increasingly effective and advances the protection of victim rights.
  2. EOPO2: ASEAN member state justice and related state agencies are increasingly capable of implementing their ACTIP obligations, in particular those that uphold victim rights.
  3. EOPO3: ASEAN member state justice and related state agencies’ policies and practices are influenced by relevant stakeholders and better aligned with ACTIP, especially in connection to victim rights obligations.


ASEAN-ACT supports ASEAN member states to increase their capacity to implement their ACTIP obligations, in particular those that uphold victim rights. To achieve this, ASEAN-ACT has a work plan of cooperation with ASEAN Member States and relevant sectoral bodies particularly those that implement the Bohol TIP Work Plan and the Plan of Action to counter TIP. Assigned to ASEAN-ACT’s ASEAN Program, the internship will contribute to the achievement of EOPO1. The objectives of the internship program are as stated below. Open to current students and graduates of relevant fields, the internship will provide a real-world experience in international development.


The objective of the internship is to provide a learning environment for the successful candidates in the following areas:

  • International law and cooperation, particularly as regards the implementation of the ACTIP and other ASEAN instruments
  • International development, specifically on a donor-funded program to address a development problem such as trafficking in persons; and
  • Project management including documentation, liaising with a wide range of stakeholder partners, implementation and monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.

Areas of Responsibility and Reporting

Under the direction of the Program Director – ASEAN and in close cooperation with the ASEAN Program Coordinator, the ASEAN Program Intern shall be responsible for the following:

  • Assist in coordination with relevant partners, counterparts and ASEAN-ACT country teams in the implementation of project activities
  • Assist in documentation of activities such as but not limited to preparation of minutes of meeting, summaries, agenda and facilitation plans
  • Support to cursory analysis and review of documents
  • Asist in monitoring counter trafficking in persons-related affairs and other regional developments
  • Attend and summarise workshops, meetings and conferences and other events
  • Assist in organizing and managing meetings, workshops and conferences; and
  • Perform other related duties as requested from time to time.

Successful candidates shall submit regular progress updates to the Program Director-ASEAN.

Learning Experiences

In order to achieve the internship objectives, the successful candidates shall be exposed to coaching and mentoring sessions, brown bag exercises, debriefing sessions and other learning experiences.


To successfully complete the internship program, an evaluation exercise as agreed upon with the intern’s educational institution shall be undertaken. ASEAN-ACT and the educational institution shall agree on a competency-based rubric.

Selection Criteria


- Candidates:

  • Enrolled in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme (i.e. bachelor’s degree or equivalent) or
  • Enrolled in a graduate school programme or
  • Have completed a bachelor or graduate programme in the areas of law, political science,  public management, development, international relations, ASEAN studies, or other related humanities and social sciences study.

- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with diverse stakeholders, including ASEAN-ACT team members

- Demonstrated competence and efficiency in achieving tasks on time and according to plan

- Demonstrated ability to develop trust and respect of partners, counterparts and team members

- Strong analytical, verbal, and report writing skills in English; and

- If selected, is able to secure the written agreement of their educational institution.


  • Awareness of general issues around trafficking in persons, including relevant national and international framework
  • Evidence of student leadership posts; and
  • Excellent academic record.

How to Apply

Send an email to with:

  • Cover letter stating intention to apply and summary of the ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ selection criteria above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Favorable recommendation from the Dean or the Head of the educational institution; and
  • The words ‘ASEAN Program Intern” must appear in the e-mail subject.

ASEAN-ACT is committed to achieving workplace diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. Individual from minority groups, indigenous groups, People with a disability, women and ASEAN nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only candidates under positive consideration will be notified.

Other Information

Amendments to the position’s Terms of Reference may be made during the period of the engagement as required

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