Earth Rights Defenders Coordinator

EarthRights International


  • Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Closing Date: 12/06/2016

Early applications encouraged, as the position may fill earlier than the deadline.  EarthRights International (ERI) will continue accepting applications past the deadline if the position is not filled.

Job Summary:

The Earth Rights Defenders (ERD) Coordinator position comprises two core components:  (1) develop, enhance, and implement systems to address the physical, digital, and legal security needs of ERI’s staff, students, alumni, networks, and allies, particularly in the Mekong Region of Southeast Asia, as well as our US and Amazon offices, and (2) engage in international advocacy to create a strong security environment for Earth Rights Defenders around the world.


The Coordinator must have 2-3 years or more experience and a demonstrated success working with human rights or environmental defenders, preferably in Southeast Asia. Candidates should ideally have:

  • Familiarity with ERD issues that arise in Southeast Asia, particularly the challenges and opportunities facing local and national campaigners and lawyers;
  • Experience working with networks of grassroots activists, NGOs, CBOs, and academics;
  • Experience working with and relating to indigenous peoples and threatened populations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or environmental protection and a deep understanding of their interrelationship;
  • Familiarity integrating security and campaign 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;
  • Self-motivated, work well under pressure and be able to handle several projects at one time;
  • Comfortable with the responsibility of helping ERD to work in difficult political spaces;
  • Good judgment and a sense of humor;
  • Fluent in English