Job opening: Research/Project Coordinator for Southeast Asia region

Human Rights Now – Job opening for Research/Project Coordinator for Southeast Asia region

Human Rights Now (HRN), an international human rights NGO based in Tokyo, is currently taking applications for one paid position for Research and Project Coordinator for Southeast Asia region.

You can find out more about Human Rights Now and the kind of work we do from our website: Please review the site to understand our mission before applying.


Details for the Position:

Research and Project Coordinator for Southeast Asia region (paid)

HRN is seeking a Research and Project Coordinator for Southeast Asia region, who mainly covers three countries—Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand—under the supervision of our Tokyo office. The position involves:

・Coordination of projects and events in Southeast Asian countries such as in Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand, including a human rights education program and study tours;
・Researching, writing, and editing human rights statements and reports;
・Assisting with HRN visits to Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand;
・Networking and working with UN offices (such as UNHCR) and the human rights communities in Southeast Asia;
・Developing our presence in Southeast Asia; and
・Assisting with fund raising.

The job may include other tasks related to these. We are looking for a high level of language ability both in English and Japanese. Please send two writing samples (one for each language).

The applicant should note when they are available, and a starting date and term will be discussed with the applicant.



・College graduate with a four year degree
・English AND Japanese Language proficiency
・Interest in human rights
・Legal Research, documentation, and other writing skills in English
・Coordination and communication skills
・Basic accounting skills
・Understanding the mission of HRN and human rights work
・Ability to support self during period of work, and ability to stay in the country for the period of work, including visa status


Working terms and Conditions:

Starting date:   June, 2016
Duration:  One year (negotiable)
Contract Type:  Consultant (Service contract)
Compensation:  120,000 JPY /month   
Location of Work: 
Mainly  in Cambodia but supervising Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand, including occasional visits to these counties
Travel insurance will be provided.


Method of Application:

If you are interested in applying to the positions, please send the following items to the below email address.

・Cover letter (include your reason for applying and experience and interest in human rights)
・Resume / CV (in English or Japanese)
・Two writing samples (English and Japanese)
・Letter of recommendation (optional)

Email Address:
You can also use this email address for any inquiries regarding this call for applications.

Japanese Residents: If you currently reside in Japan we advise to send the copies to the address indicated below.

Human Rights Now Tokyo Office
7F Creative One Akihabara Bldg., 5-3-4 Ueno, Taito-ku,
Tokyo 110-0005 JAPAN

Selection and Interview Process: After initial screening, selected applicants will be contacted and interviewed at our Tokyo office or via Skype. Please note that we will not respond to any inquiry on the progress of selection and we will not return application documents once received.

Deadline: There is no deadline. We will receive applications until the position is filled.


<About Human Rights Now>

Human Rights Now (HRN) is an international human rights NGO based in Tokyo, Japan with UN special consultative status. HRN was established in 2006 by a group of human rights professionals, such as lawyers, scholars, and journalists, as the first international human rights NGO based in Japan. With over 700 members comprised of various human rights specialists, HRN works for the promotion and protection of human rights for people in the world, with a special focus on Asia.

In 2012, HRN obtained UN special consultative status, and we have been actively engaged in the UN decision-making process to protect and promote human rights. In our organization, lawyers, academics, graduate and doctoral students, and business professionals engage in our activities on a pro bono basis, and staff members are expected to coordinate with these various actors.