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South Asia Associate at Accountability Counsel


Accountability Counsel is seeking a South Asia Associate to be based in Asia, with international travel required. This is a rare opportunity for a talented attorney to work for a small, growing organization focused on defending the environmental and human rights of communities around the world. Our highly dedicated staff seek a team member to work with us to support our client communities and assist with policy advocacy.

Reporting to: South Asia Director

About Accountability Counsel

Accountability Counsel defends the environmental and human rights of marginalized

communities around the world.  As lawyers for people harmed by internationally-financed projects, we focus on innovative ways to provide access to justice.  We specialize in complaint offices established to receive community complaints.  We accomplish our mission through:

(1)  assisting communities to use these non-judicial complaint offices effectively, and;

(2)  policy advocacy, ensuring that these complaint offices are accessible, transparent, and fair tools for justice. We also provide resources for communities and organizations seeking assistance with use of complaint offices. We work closely with community members to help voice their complaints. Our work pays particular attention to women, girls and other marginalized groups, who are often the most deeply harmed by abuses.


The South Asia Associate will be responsible for:

A. Work in Communities Program Support (80%)

Support for achievement of organizational mission, strategy, and objectives in Accountability Counsel’s Work in Communities Program. Duties include providing assistance to the South Asia

Director to:

  • conduct trainings in communities, factual investigations, interviews, document analysis, research using a wide variety of methods and sources, technical analysis and consultation with experts;
  • draft written materials for internal and external use;
  • communicate orally and in writing with stakeholders including Accountability Counsel clients, staff of accountability offices, decision-makers at international institutions, and representatives of private sector banks and corporations;
  • collaborate closely with local, regional and international NGO allies; and implement media and communications strategies for the Work in Communities Program.

B. Other (20%)

Support the South Asia Director and other Accountability Counsel staff in policy advocacy, organizational support, and administrative duties.


Candidates must have the following qualifications:

  • Educational requirement: LL.B. or J.D.; bar membership preferred
  • Excellent written, verbal, research, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Ability to review and evaluate highly technical information and/ or consult with experts on technical issues related to internationally-financed projects
  • Ability to work under pressure, organize and prioritize workload, and meet multiple and often tight deadlines
  • Positive attitude and excellent interpersonal skills, including a high degree of empathy, patience and ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Good judgment and the ability to think strategically in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience conducting client interviews
  • Experience working with or for NGOs
  • Experience living and/or working in South Asia
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative and leadership on assignments, and to execute work efficiently and with exceptional quality
  • Willingness to travel within Asia and internationally, including to the U.S.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, and experience with campaigns or movements in South Asia preferred
  • Experience related to international financial institution and corporate accountability, human rights law and/or environmental law a plus
  • Willingness to work cooperatively with all staff with media-related, administrative, fundraising and other non-legal tasks as needed
  • Fluent English language skills are required; fluency in Hindi, Nepali, Urdu or other major
  • South Asian language preferred; proficiency in additional languages is a plus

Contract: Full time

Closing date: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning on October 17, 2014.

Location: San Francisco, USA

Salary: Competitive

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