Vietnam Coordinator

EarthRights International


  • Location: Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City
  • Closing Date: 11/07/2016

The Vietnam Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and implementing ERI’s activities in Vietnam, 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 Vietnam Coordinator will lead the expansion of ERI’s co-powering of communities’ work in Vietnam, especially communities affected by land grabbing, pollution, dams and coal projects.

The position will be based in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, with regular missions to case campaign sites in rural Vietnam. The Vietnam Coordinator reports to the Mekong Legal Director. 


The Coordinator must have 4-5 years or more experience and a demonstrated success strategically engaging around citizens’ rights and environmental issues (“earth rights”) in Vietnam. Candidates should ideally have:

  • Familiarity with earth rights issues that arise in Vietnam, particularly the challenges and opportunities of working directly with project affected communities;
  • Experience working with networks of grassroots leaders, Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), and national/international Non-Government Organizations (NGOs);
  • Ability to work constructively with local authorities
  • Experience working with and relating to indigenous and ethnic peoples and threatened communities;
  • Demonstrated commitment to citizens’ 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 Vietnam context;
  • Strategic thinker with track record of successful engagement of both communities and local authorities.
  • Familiarity integrating 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 Vietnam’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 Vietnam.
  • Knowledgeable about campaign planning techniques;
  • Good judgment and a sense of humor;
  • Fluent in Vietnamese 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 Vietnam and devise innovative context specific solutions;
  • Help conduct ERI’s case campaign advocacy in national, regional and international fora;
  • Contribute to enhancing and strengthening ERI’s legal tools and strategies for working with communities in Vietnam;
  • Help develop partnerships in Vietnam with other NGOs and activists to advance advocacy goals;
  • Speak on behalf of ERI 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 Vietnam;
  • 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 Vietnam, 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 in Vietnam 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 “Vietnam 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.