South Asia consultant - Accountability Counsel

Accountability Counsel is seeking a South Asia consultant 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 seeks 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 amplifies the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. As advocates for people harmed by internationally-financed projects, we specialize in non-judicial complaint offices established to receive community complaints. We accomplish our mission through three programs: Our Work in Communities program assists communities with all aspects of effectively using complaint offices. Our Policy Advocacy program works to ensure that those offices are accessible, independent, transparent, fair and effective tools for justice. Finally, our Resources program provides trainings and tools for communities and their advocates to understand how complaint offices work. Our work pays particular attention to women, girls and other marginalized groups, who are often the most deeply harmed by abuses.


The South Asia consultant 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, South Asia Associate, 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 India, Nepal, and/or Sri Lanka
  • 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

Compensation and Benefits

Accountability Counsel offers competitive compensation and benefits packages commensurate with experience.

Application Process

To apply, please send the following to [email protected] with the subject line “SOUTH ASIA CONSULTANT”:

  • cover letter stating your qualifications, including a list of countries in which you are legally eligible to work;
  • resume; and
  • short writing sample (no more than 5 pages).

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning on December 4, 2015. Position to be filled as soon as possible. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted regarding further steps in the application process.

Estimated Start Date: March 2016.

Accountability Counsel is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other prohibited category. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.