Vacancy For Regional Coordinator

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is currently recruiting a new Regional Coordinator. This is an exciting, yet demanding position, for a woman from the region to lead a dedicated Secretariat of 20 women and support a powerful network of women’s rights organisations, movements and activists across the region.

The Regional Coordinator is an ex-officio member of APWLD’s governance bodies and acts as the Executive Officer. She provides leadership and coordination of the Secretariat, works with APWLD membership to create strategic plans and programme content, acts as a spokesperson for APWLD in multiple advocacy spaces, coordinates APWLD’s fundraising and liaises with donors and ensures APWLD continues to be accountable and lead by its members through effective governance and inclusive programming.

In the past six years APWLD has been steadily growing in terms of its power, size, resources and civil society leadership. It has strong funding support, engaged and committed membership and skilful, dedicated staff. The Regional Coordinator will be expected to maintain the impact APWLD has achieved and grow the power and influence of its membership.

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of women’s human rights and Development Justice in Asia Pacific;
  2. At least 8 years experience with increasing levels of leadership within a feminist or civil society movement;
  3. Demonstrated experience in managing governance of a membership based organisation;
  4. Demonstrated experience in managing staff from diverse backgrounds with diverse levels of experience;
  5. Financial literacy and successful background in raising and managing funds;
  6. Capacity to produce progressive, analytical work on complex, interconnected, structural barriers to women’s human rights in the Asia Pacific region (both research and quick responses);
  7. Experience in advocacy and presenting in international and regional arena;
  8. Demonstrated communications experience to support mainstream and social media, including through the production of opinion pieces and press statements;
  9. Good interpersonal skills, with ability to network and liaise in a multi-cultural environment and
  10. To develop strong professional relationships with members, allies and other actors.

Key tasks specified in APWLD’s constitution:

  1. Manages the operations of the Secretariat and supervises the work of the Secretariat staff;
  2. Acts as spokesperson of the APWLD and represents the organisation in international and regional formations, conferences and other fora;
  3. Ensures the preparation of the APWLD work plans, budget and reports for the review and approval of the Programme and Management Committee and the Regional Council;
  4. Primarily responsible for fundraising, including maintaining close links with donors;
  5. Sits as an ex-officio member in the Regional Council and Programme and Management Committee;
  6. Keeps the Programme and Management Committee and the Regional Council informed of important developments concerning the organisation; and
  7. Performs other functions that may be assigned by the Programme and Management Committee and Regional Council. – Assists in preparing for Regional Council and Programme and Management Committee meetings;


Salary range commences at USD 2700 per month. Other benefits include health, accident and travel insurance; contributions to employment pension fund; housing and relocation allowances for staff required to re-locate to Chiang Mai.

The contract is for three years, with a probationary period of four months.

How to Apply

Applications from APWLD staff and members as well as outside APWLD are welcome. Interested applicants should submit the following:

1. Resume 
2. Application letter that directly addresses each selection criteria
3. Three referees (at least 2 of which must be professional)
4. Two samples of work which demonstrate:

  • The applicant’s capacity to produce analytical work
  • The applicant’s capacity to produce funding proposals, governance or donor reports

These documents should be addressed to the Programme and Management committee and be submitted to: by the 5th of October.

*Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interview

Internships at APWLD

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is currently inviting women with a commitment to feminist movement building and capacity to work in a demanding and energetic Secretariat to apply for programme internships.

APWLD is a regional network of women’s organisations and activists in Asia Pacific, committed to building feminist movements and advancing women’s rights. APWLD’s members are drawn from 26 countries and the secretariat is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Interns will work with programme staff across at least two programmes, providing research, administrative and communications support to Programme Officers.

Priority will be given to women from the Asia Pacific region but women from outside the region may also be considered.


Rolling Vacancy for Programme Intern

The Internship Programme is for women activists/students who have background of, and/or interest to work with, and be involved in, women’s human rights issues on a regional level.

APWLD encourages women from the region to apply and values the contribution of grassroots women’s knowledge to our work. APWLD makes every effort to provide learning opportunities to women from the Asia Pacific region as a priority. We value the experience of grassroots women equally with the formal eligibility requirements below.

Interns work closely with APWLD secretariat to implement its four broad programs:

Women in Power
Breaking out of Marginalisation
Grounding the Global
Feminist Law and Practice

Work plan may include legal and social research, assistance in developing and writing position papers and generally supporting staff on other projects needs. The programme is for at least six (6) months.

Interested candidates need to be able to work within a team, work well under pressure and be able to handle multiple tasks. Desired qualities include written and oral communication skills in English, while knowledge of other language from the Asia Pacific region is an advantage. It is preferred that they have excellent knowledge of their field of study or the sector they work with, and a working understanding of the issues APWLD deals with.APWLD endeavors to provide the experience that is relevant to the needs and interest of the interns.

APWLD does not have paid internship and does not provide stipends for interns. For interested students, degree in social science or in law is an advantage. For activists/NGO workers, strong background and involvement in human rights and/or women’s movement is an advantage.

Applications should be endorsed by an educational institution/NGO which the intern is currently involved in.Interns are required to have health insurance coverage valid in Thailand during their stay in APWLD.

APWLD accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship.Interns are responsible for all travel expenses to Thailand and back to their home country. They must obtain necessary visa in compliance with Thai immigration. APWLD will be able to provide a support letter for visa application purpose.Graduate and undergraduate students who intend to work in a field relevant to APWLD activities and program focus.

Fields of Study: Degree in social sciences; degree in law an advantage. Advanced education in the field of social sciences, human rights and feminism an advantage. Current involvement commitments to women’s and/or human rights movement.

Duration: At least six (6) months.

Language: Skills in Asia Pacific languages other than English are desirable.

Endorsement: Applications should be endorsed by either an educational institution or a member reference through a support letter confirming student’s interest.

Travel and Visa: Interns/Volunteers are responsible for all travel expenses to Thailand and back to their home country. Applicants must obtain necessary visa in compliance with Thai immigration. APWLD will be able to provide a support letter to successful applicants for visa application purpose.

Medical Insurance: Interns are required to have health insurance coverage valid in Thailand during their stay at APWLD. APWLD accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and /or illness incurred during the intern/volunteer assignment.

If you interested in applying for an APWLD internship, please fill up our application form and send it to with a cover letter that briefly outlines your area of interest, availability and potential references (educational institution or APWLD Member Network), and include a copy of your CV.