Job Opening: Full-time Staff (Advocacy/Project Coordinator) – Tokyo


 Human Rights Now (HRN), a Tokyo-based international human rights NGO working for the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide with a special focus in Asia, is currently taking applications for a position as a full-time staff responsible for our advocacy activities and project management. It is a rewarding position dealing with coordination and implementation of both domestic and international projects and advocacy activities.

The applicant should have a demonstrable interest in human rights or public-interest issues, particularly for the Asia region, and experience in human rights or public-interest work is favored. The applicant does not necessarily have to be a Japanese national, but must have a native-level ability in speaking and writing both Japanese and English.


Job Opening: Full-time Staff for Advocacy/Project Coordination

– Number of Open Positions: One person

– Duration: From the present onwards

– Type of Employment: Full-time (There will be trial period. Contact to be renewed annually)/ We also consider part-time (three days or four days a week)

– Benefits: 200,000 yen (for full-time staff). Negotiable depending on applicant’s experiences and skills. Social Insurance provided. For part-time (three or four days a week), the compensation will be decided after discussions and based on the work shifts preferred by an applicant.

– Location of Work: Human Rights Now Tokyo Office (Tokyo, Japan)

– Work Contents: Advocacy activities, management of pro-bono lawyers/professionals and projects, other related general affairs and PR work


<Details of Work Contents>

Ø Research, advocacy and other related administrative work

> Document preparation and management, translating documents (English <-> Japanese), writing and distributing press release statements etc.

> Liaison and telephone correspondence for domestic and international advocacy work

Ø Public Relation/Advertisement

> Editing websites, mail magazines, newsletter and other PR materials

Ø Fundraising

> Drafting fund applications for projects and reporting on the progress

> Outreach for prospect donors and supporters

Ø  Project management

> Coordinating projects and pro bono lawyers and professionals assigned to the projects

Ø Coordinating our projects and managing the progress

> Coordinating process of producing deliverables, management and execution of projects including management of project members, pro bono lawyers/professionals, interns, volunteers, translators etc.

> Liaison between Tokyo office and oversea offices (e.g. Geneva and New York), UN organizations, relevant NGOs, and governmental entities

Ø Other related administrative work


– Expected Qualifications and experiences  

Ø Ability to understand the mission of Human Rights Now and conduct tasks properly and with integrity.

Ø Ability to conduct clerical duties correctly, to work on various tasks efficiently, and to meet give deadlines.

Ø Fluent in English and Japanese

Ø Communication skills to coordinate smoothly and promptly with both internal and external parties.

Ø Basic knowledge on international human rights laws and human rights situations around the globe. (However, this position is different from a position for Advocacy Specialist, thus does not require master’s degree in international human rights laws.)

Ø Minimum two years working experiences (We take into account internship experiences in case applicant’s working experiences are less than two years.) Working experiences in NGOs or in corporations are favored.



Social Insurance provided.

Level of Language Proficiency

Must be fluent in both Japanese and English

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree


How To Apply

Ø To apply for the position, please send us:

1) a cover letter (Please include reason for applying and requests on benefits if there is any, Also, indicate whether you are applying for full-time or part-time. For part-time please specify preferred shifts)

2) a recent copy of your resume (in Japanese or English)

3) Curriculum Vitae (For non-native English speaker, please include test scores that prove your English ability)

4) one writing sample for English and Japanese each (the topic of the sample can be decided by the applicant).

5) Letter of Recommendations (advisable but not required)


The above should be attached to and sent as documents via email to

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: We will close applications as soon as we find a qualified person for the position


– Contact

Human Rights Now Tokyo Office

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