We are looking for great people! All welcome to apply!

Who we are:

A new non-profit organisation that aims to develop innovative solutions to global social and political challenges. WoW is founded by Sophie Lemiere, a political anthropologist. The organisation’s aim is to research and develop solutions to empower marginalised and/or vulnerable communities in circumstances of political and social inequalities and injustices, notably in transitional or illiberal democratic regimes.

The initial scope of the organisation is based around Malaysia, a country which all project participants have country expertise in, and strong political, civil society and commercial connections. Beyond the initial project, we plan to expand our work to cover other countries in the region, and we are currently exploring the possibility of similar projects around the world.

What we do:

A people without a history is a people deprived of political power. World Wonderers began in response to the political (dis-)empowerment of indigenous communities, and women and girls, in East and West Malaysia. World Wonderers has had a long and meaningful presence advocating for justice and inclusion in communities where women, youth, and indigenous minorities have struggled to realize their rights and are often subject to systemic violence and political exclusion. We are a team of out-of-the-box thinkers, academically trained, with hands-on experience, and a solid Malaysian and international network, committed to supporting both Malaysian and global communities in the reclamation of their history and political agency.

The project you’ll be part of:

Preserving Indigenous Traditions & Intangible Cultural Heritage Inmalaysian Borneo (PITCH BORNEO) – The extraordinary diversity of the indigenous cultural heritage (ICH) of the states of Sabah and Sarawak, in Malaysian Borneo, has yet to find its place in the collections of national and global museums and libraries. More importantly, in the hearts and minds of the people of Malaysia and the world. Through our project, we intend to give our indigenous communities the support and expertise to preserve, safeguard but also disseminate their Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and contribute directly to the communities’ sustainable development1 by creating the world’s first repository of Borneo Indigenous ICH. Among our partners are: the Library of Congress, the Institute of Human Rights at UConn, the Sime Darby Foundation and many more.

This project will be conducting over 3 years (3 phases), we’re looking for our team for the first phase of the project.

POSITIONS
Deadline for application December 18th, 2021

Starting date: January 15th, 2021

Send your CV, 2 references (name and contact), publication samples (for all research positions) and letters of interest to [email protected]

CONSULTANT RESEARCHERS/ACADEMICS (Part-time)

  • Profile:
    We are looking for Anthropologists or equivalent with relevant expertise on East Malaysia. Perfect command of English, knowledge of Borneo languages and dialect is highly preferable. Team player, creative thinker, excellent fieldwork ability, publications in academic journals and/or books and/or Media. Previous experience conducting research in East Malaysia. You’re a team player but can work autonomously, highly adaptable, open-minded and able to work in a diverse cultural environment.
    You like challenges and can stick to deadlines. We are looking for specific expertise:
    *Musicology
    *Anthropology of Environment/Sustainability
    *Anthropology of Medicine
    *Political Anthropology
    *Anthropology of Arts
  • Contract duration: 6 months (part-time)
    Stipend: RM15k (12k+1,5k per accepted article-max 2-) (subjected to fundings and candidate qualifications)+ per diem for field research. Number of working days: approx.90 days (including 45 days field research in East Malaysia)
  • Locations: Home/Office in KL/fieldwork in Sabah and Sarawak
    Experience/Academic requirements: PhD in Anthropology or social sciences Number of positions: 4 to 5 subjected to funding
  • Mission: Ethnographic data collection of the intangible cultural heritage (Indigenous knowledge system-IKS) of 6 coastal indigenous groups (3 in Sabah and 3 in Sarawak). Data organization, analysis, and archiving. Publication of articles in academic journals and in the Media. You’ll work closely with the Project Director (Sophie Lemière), the Head of Research and the rest of the research team. You’ll publish 1 to 2 articles in top international academic journal.

HEAD OF RESEARCH

  • Profile:
    We are looking for an Anthropologist or equivalent with relevant expertise on East Malaysia to lead and coordinate the research team. You are confident managing an inter-disciplinary and diverse team of competitive individuals. You’re up to great challenges, have an ability to react positively in stressful situation, you stick to timelines and have excellent organizational skills, and you are a forward thinker and detailed-oriented. Perfect command of English is a must, knowledge of Malay and/or East Malaysia languages and dialect is highly preferable. Team player, creative thinker, excellent fieldwork ability, publications in academic journals and/or books and/or Media. Previous experience conducting research in East Malaysia. You’re a team player but can work autonomously, highly adaptable, open-minded and able to work in a diverse cultural environment.
  • Contract duration: 6 months
    Stipend: RM45k (40k+2,5k per accepted article-max 2-) (subjected to fundings and candidate qualifications) + per diem for field research Number of working days: full time (including approx.60 days field research in East Malaysia)
  • Locations: Home/Office in KL/fieldwork in Sabah and Sarawak
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Mission: You’ll lead the research team. Fieldwork planning, timeline, organization and coordination on the ground. You directly report to the Project Director (Sophie Lemière). You’ll conduct the entire research phase and work directly together with our international partners to the creation of the collection, and with our creative team for the dissemination of IKS in a graphic novel. You’ll be publishing 2 articles in top international academic journals.

PROJECT COORDINATOR

  • Profile:
    You are a positive team-builder with excellent communication skills, a sharp mind and enjoy challenges. You have excellent organization skills and a creative problem-solver. You can work in diverse cultural and religious environment with open-mind and high integrity.
  • Duration of the contract: 1 year renewable- full time Salary: 3-3.5k (subjected to fundings and candidate qualifications)
  • Experience/Education: MA level or equivalent, previous experience in related field
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur- mixed location: home/office
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Mission: You’ll work closely with the Project Director (Sophie Lemière) and assist in all administrative and organizational tasks. You’ll contribute to the coordination between the research team and our partners on the ground, you’ll interact with our funders and international partners, you’ll ensure the project run smoothly. You are comfortable with responsibilities and can conduct administrative tasks (basic book-keeping, data entry), and you can adapt easily to new tasks. You’re a quick learner and detail oriented and eager to oversee the success of a project from A to Z.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

  • Profile:
    You’re a grad student or recently graduated with experience in conducting research and interviews. You have a perfect command of english; you speak Malay- another local language would be an asset-, and have a good understanding of Malaysia politics and minorities issues. Good knowledge of East Malaysia political and social dynamics would be an asset! You’re a creative team-player, out-of- the-box thinker, eager to learn, with a good knowledge of research methodologies (mostly qualitative), and you’re a fast transcriber. You’re motivated, open and positively minded !
  • Duration of the contract: 1 year renewable- full time Salary: 2.5k (subjected to fundings and candidate qualifications) + Training in Human Rights Advocacy
  • Experience/Education: MA level or equivalent, previous experience in related field
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur- mixed location: home/office- possible travels to East Malaysia
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Mission: You’ll be working closely with the Head of Research and the Project Director and assist in all research project tasks and activities (literature review, transcription, research paper, research planning, assisting in research planning and timeline…).
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