Cambodia Coordinator

EarthRights International


  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Closing Date: 11/07/2016

The Cambodia Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and implementing ERI’s campaign and advocacy activities in Cambodia, and ensuring that these are linked and integrated with three other ERI program areas: (1) the EarthRights School Mekong (ERSMK); (2) the Mekong Legal Program and (3) the Mekong Campaigns Team. The Cambodia Coordinator will lead the expansion of ERI’s co-powering of communities’ work in Cambodia, especially communities affected by hydropower dams and land grabbing.

The position will be based Phnom Penh, with regular missions to case campaign sites in rural Cambodia. The Cambodia Coordinator reports to the Mekong Legal Director. 


The Coordinator must have 5 years or more experience and a demonstrated success campaigning around human rights and environmental issues (“earth rights”) in Cambodia. Candidates should ideally have:

  • Familiarity with earth rights issues that arise in Cambodia, particularly the challenges and opportunities of working directly with project affected communities;
  • Experience working with networks of grassroots activists, Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), and international Non-Government Organizations (NGOs);
  • Experience working with and relating to indigenous peoples and threatened communities;
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and environmental protection and a deep understanding of their interrelationship, preferably including some familiarity with legal tools and strategies available to communities in the Cambodian context;
  • Strategic thinker with track record of successful campaigns.
  • Familiarity with how to integrate community and legal strategies;
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills and experience working with multicultural teams;
  • Excellent oral communication and the ability to participate in public speaking events;
  • Excellent written communication, research, and organizational skills;
  • Comfortable with the responsibility of working with communities, campaigners and lawyers to work within the challenges of Cambodia’s political space, as well as a good sense of judgment in determining how ERI can most effectively work within this space;
  • Proven record as a pro-active self-starter with the ability to work autonomously to implement work plans to tight deadlines; along with a commitment and ability to maintain regular contact, often via distance communication, with a manager, team and other ERI colleagues based outside of Cambodia.
  • Knowledgeable about campaign planning techniques;
  • Good judgment and a sense of humor;
  • Fluent in Khmer and English


Management and Administration

  • Help develop and implement program goals, strategies and work plans in line with ERI’s mission and strategic plan in consultation with the Mekong Legal Director;
  • Develop, coordinate and oversee budgets for particular projects as instructed;
  • Assist the Mekong Legal Director to report to the ERI Board and donors;
  • Provide report and proposal writing support to the Development Team;
  • Along with ERI’s staff, help with collective administrative and office work duties;

Advocacy and outreach:

  • Help identify emerging earth rights trends and abuses in Cambodia and devise innovative context specific solutions;
  • Coordinate ERI’s advocacy in national, regional and international fora;
  • Contribute to publications and research and write reports, strategic option papers, briefing papers, and other written material that contribute to ERI’s mission and strategic plan and the progression of project goals;
  • Contribute to enhancing and strengthening ERI’s legal tools and strategies for working with communities in Cambodia;
  • Help develop partnerships with other NGOs and activists to advance advocacy goals;
  • Speak on behalf of ERI on legal issues to policy makers, academics, businesses, media and other earth rights stakeholders at conferences and meetings;


  • Develop, deliver and revise training materials for earth rights campaigning for community leaders and campaigners;
  • Teach campaigning at the EarthRights School Mekong;

Building networks and mentoring leaders

  • Assist coordination of ERI’s strategic activities and meetings in Cambodia;
  • Provide capacity-building, mentoring and advice on campaigning and community engagement to EarthRights School Alumni and ERI campaign partners;
  • Contribute to maintaining and furthering relationships with members of the Mekong Legal Network based in Cambodia, as well as identifying other public interest lawyers and legal advocates that ERI and MLN can also potentially build relationships with;


  • Contribute to ERI publications and research and write reports, risk assessment papers, briefing papers, and other written material that contribute to ERI’s mission and strategic plan and the progression of project goals;
  • Coordinate the provision of ERI’s advice and inputs to other NGOs, activists and networks;


  • Draft or review program materials and publications, and develop program/project content for the ERI website;
  • Conduct public relations, outreach and media activities related to project;

We offer:

  • a competitive, non-profit sector, salary
  • medical insurance coverage
  • annual & post-employment resettlement benefit
  • paid vacation, sick and personal days

To apply: Submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of at least three references to:  [email protected] with subject title “Cambodia Coordinator Application”.

EarthRights International (ERI) is a nongovernmental, non-profit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of earth rights. We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training for grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, ERI seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work.

ERI was founded in 1995 along the Thai-Burma border, using innovative legal strategies and mechanisms in order to bring justice to indigenous Burmese communities abused by the military regime and its corporate partners in the name of development.  Today, ERI has offices in Chiang Mai, Thailand; Washington D.C.; Lima, Peru; as well as staff based in Yangon, Myanmar. Our diverse staff of approximately 50 full-time members is comprised of environmental and human rights lawyers, local human rights investigators, teachers, international campaigners, and community organizers.