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Musawah ( is a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family that advances human rights for women living in Muslim contexts, in both their public and private lives. 

We act to grow the movement, build knowledge, and advocate for change in discriminatory laws and practices in Muslim contexts. Musawah was launched in February 2009 at a Global Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that was attended by over 250 women and men from some 50 countries of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific. In 2020, we launched our Campaign for Justice in Muslim Family Laws to amplify our voice and accelerate action towards equality and justice.

Institute Development & Curriculum Review Consultant

Musawah seeks the services of consultant(s) to lead its Capacity Building Institute development
and curriculum review process.

Before applying, please ensure that you read the Terms of Reference attached to the role.

For more information and submission of CV, portfolio and quotation, please e-mail with the subject ‘Institute Development & Curriculum Review Consultant – (Your Name)’ to [email protected].

Deadline for CV, portfolio and quotation is by 5.00 pm (GMT +8) or Malaysia time on 5 October 2021.

Only shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

Knowledge Building Programme Officer

Musawah is currently seeking a Programme Officer to support and oversee the activities of the Musawah Knowledge Building Working Group (“KBWG”). The KB Programme Officer will be a core member of the Musawah KBWG, Programmes and Secretariat team. S/he will report directly to the Co-Director (Exterior).

***Closing date of applications: 8 October 2021


Programme Planning and Implementation

Work alongside the Knowledge Building Working Group, Programmes team and the Co-Director (Exterior) in initiating, conceptualising and planning KB programmes and activities, in line with the Musawah Theory of Change.

This includes:

  • Ensure Musawah knowledge building principles are reflected in all aspects of the KB activities;
  • Oversee the effective implementation of all KB research activities, including:
    • Facilitate the dissemination phase (i.e. publication, launch and promotion of content) of the KB research initiative titled ‘‘Reclaiming ’Adl and Ihsan in Muslim Marriages: Between Ethics and Law”;
    • Support the empirical research lead in the conceptualization and implementation of the empirical component of the said research initiative;
    • Work closely with the KBWG and scholars and activists who are involved in the research initiative on tasks such as writing background papers, conducting participatory research, and commenting on ideas and documents.
  • Organise virtual or in-person workshops and meetings related to KB activities, including developing participant lists, drafting agendas to ensure strong participation from diverse participants, overseeing logistics, ensuring adequate documentation, and developing outputs and/or incorporating ideas and information into broader initiative outputs.
  • Ensure that KB documents are researched, drafted, consolidated, edited, and proofread so they convey complex ideas in simple, accessible ways.
  • Facilitate and document regular KBWG meetings (virtual and in-person) and maintain regular communications with the Working Group Convenor and members.

Contributions to the Secretariat and movement

  • Attend Secretariat and Staff meetings.
  • Work closely with the other Musawah programme officers and regularly participate in Programmes and Secretariat meetings (virtual and in-person) in order to share knowledge building activities and perspectives so they cross-fertilize with other Musawah areas of work.
  • Contribute to the needs of the Programmes and Secretariat teams and assist other Secretariat members in preparation for events and activities.
  • Support institutional building activities including but not limited to monitoring, evaluation and learning sessions, Musawah policy briefing sessions, board meeting preparations and annual workplan and budget sessions.


  • Develop funding proposals for Knowledge Building activities with support from the KBWG and Co-Directors.
  • Prepare narrative reports related to Knowledge Building activities for donors.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

The small team working with the Musawah Secretariat are not so much ‘staff’ as activists and professionals who are deeply committed to Musawah’s principles and who work together to advance Musawah. They are therefore expected to be mainly self-managing and self-motivated, contributing effectively to Musawah.

As Musawah addresses equality and justice in the Muslim family, the majority of those leading Musawah and the majority of those working in the Secretariat are expected to have personal experience of Muslim family laws or practices.

The Knowledge Building Programme Officer should be able to meet some or all of the following:

  • Fluency in English and Arabic in both speech and writing. Fluency in French is an advantage.
  • At least three (3) years full time work experience in project management.
  • Possess knowledge and/or research experience in issues related to women, gender and Islam.
  • Passionate belief in the vision, mission and objectives of Musawah.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people who are remotely located across multiple locations and time zones and to lead virtual teams.
  • Commitment to women’s human rights and a global feminist perspective.
  • Experience in coordinating programmes, projects or processes at national, regional, or international levels.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially related to drafting, editing, proofreading, and wordsmithing documents for diverse audiences.
  • Strong sensitivity and commitment to diversity related to beliefs, perspectives, cultures, geography, sexuality.
  • Ability to travel internationally as/when this becomes possible.
  • Available to begin as soon as possible.
Location, Salary and Benefits

Musawah offers a competitive salary and benefits scheme appropriate for such a position in the non-profit sector, dependent upon experience and qualifications.

The Musawah Secretariat currently operates in a hybrid model, with a small core team located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and other team members working remotely across multiple regions and time zones.

The successful candidate shall be based in the country s/he is located. You must have full working rights in the country you will be based in.

How to Apply

Kindly fill in the Job Application Form and attach:

  • a current CV
  • short samples of your writing in English (as well as Arabic/French if applicable)
  • contact information for at least two referees, and
  • a cover letter that expresses your particular interest and fit to work in an organisation like Musawah.

The application closing date is 8 October 2021.

We thank all those who apply; only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Social Media Content Creators (English & Arabic)

Musawah is currently seeking the services of two (2) Social Media Content Creators (one fluent in English, one in Arabic/both) to support the Communications team in content creation for its social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for a six month-long contract, with a possible extension. 

Before applying, please ensure that you read the Terms of Reference attached to the role. 

For more information and submission of CV, portfolio and quotation, please e-mail with the subject ‘TOR Social Media Content Creator – (Your Name)’ to [email protected]. Deadline for CV, portfolio and quotation is by 5.00 pm Malaysia time on 14 September. 

Only shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

General Internships

**We are not taking on any new interns for this cycle**

Musawah will consider general applications for interns who are interested in working on communications and outreach advocacy projects related to Muslim women’s rights, feminist Islamic knowledge building, and family law reforms around the world.

Desired qualifications:

  • Fluency in English is essential. Competency in Arabic and/or French would be highly desirable.
  • Suitable for: Undergraduates or graduate students, or individuals with interests in gender, women’s rights, law, development or public policy; who also have skills in digital engagement, design, and/or research.
  • Experience with developing social media content and preparing analytics reports is a plus.
  • Proficiency in photo and/or video editing, including Canva, is especially welcome.

Rolling basis:

Internship generally are unpaid (although we will try to provide a stipend) and occur in four cycles each year, beginning in January, April, June, and September. While we will consider applications for the next cycle on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply at least one month in advance of your desired starting month.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter expressing your interest and qualifications, and a recent CV to musawah (at) Please include ‘Musawah Internship’ in the subject line of the email, unless you are applying to a specific posting.