Internships at APWLD

South-South Leadership Placement: Climate Justice Programme 2020

The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is inviting young feminists from our APWLD member organisations to apply for the South South Leadership Placement with APWLD for the Climate Justice Programme. This is an exciting opportunity for young feminist leaders from APWLD Member Organisations in the Asia and the Pacific region to work at APWLD Secretariat and be part of our work in ​building capacity of the women most affected by climate change and ​collecting evidence on the impacts faced by communities grounded in international standards of women’s human rights and ensuring that the climate framework and commitments ​from local to global level respond to the realities of Asia and the Pacific women. Climate Justice is a feminist issue where APWLD demands more gender-just and ecologically principled solutions in solidarity with Development Justice.  This year, the South-South fellow will have a very exciting opportunity to  take part in shaping and supporting the work of the Climate Justice Programme who is now in the middle of its third-round of the Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR).  This is a call for young, feminist women activists in all their diversities (age below 35) to apply!

The successful applicant will work at the Secretariat Office in Chiang Mai, for a period of six to ten months from May 2020 to February 2021. 

Essential requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of women’s human rights in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Good understanding of the political, economic and socio-cultural environments in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Some knowledge of climate change, environmental rights, human rights and development issues in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse, membership driven network and its’ allies;
  • Excellent command of English language, both oral and written, and demonstrated ability to write 
  • Good interpersonal skills, with ability to network in a multi-cultural environment and to develop strong professional relationships with members and other stakeholders;
  • Proficiency in ICT, use of online tools such as Google Suite

Main responsibilities 

  • Support the CJ Programme Officer in implementing the programme work plan for 2020-2021. This includes tasks such as ensuring regular communications among members, various partners and networks; keeping updated and sharing climate crisis news from the Asia Pacific region and assisting with preparation for regional and international events
  • Strategising with CJ Programme Officer to respond to rapidly evolving climate crisis through media/digital advocacy and campaigns
  • Conduct desk and primary research  
  • Provide logistics and administrative support to CJ related activities.   

Selection Criteria 

  • Staff, volunteer or close affiliate or member of APWLD member organisations or grassroots organisations from developing countries in the Asia and the Pacific region; and must be recommended by that organisation.
  • Demonstrated work experience  in the promotion of women’s human rights and/or Climate, environment and / or Development Justice in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Experience in providing coordination, logistical and administrative support to programme activities such as capacity building, participatory research, organising meetings and related activities 
  • Availability for the placement for a minimum of six-month period. 
  • Proficiency in English, both oral and written, with proficiency in another language from the region as an asset 
  • Proficiency in ICT skills, social media and other campaign tools. 
  • Must be under 35 years old.
  • Must be able to travel overseas as required.
  • Committed to returning to national or local activism after completing the placement (e.g. double the period of time hosted at APWLD).


APWLD will cover the cost of a round trip airfare to/from Chiang Mai, and visa fee for the successful applicant. A small stipend (USD 800.00 per month for the placement period) will be provided to cover living, housing and other miscellaneous costs during the placement.

The volunteer is expected to start her work in May 2020.

How to Apply: 

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    • Sample of research or written work 
  • Endorsement letter from APWLD member organisation

Applications are to be sent to: 

 Marion Cabrera, Executive and Human Resource Officer; email: recruitment@apwld.orgwith a Subject Line “South South Leadership Application for Climate Justice Programme”  

DEADLINE TO APPLY is on 31st March 2020


Rolling Internships

APWLD encourages women from the Asia Pacific 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 region a priority.

Work plan may include legal and social research, assistance in developing and writing position papers and generally supporting staff on other projects needs. 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 interns 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.

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.

Please note, APWLD does not have paid internships and does not provide stipends for interns. The programme is for at least six (6) months.

We value the experience of grassroots women equally with the formal eligibility requirements below:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Graduate and undergraduate students who intend to work in a field relevant to APWLD activities and program focus are encouraged to apply.
  • Priority will be given to women from the Asia Pacific region but women from outside the region may also be considered.

Interested applicants need to fill out the  Internship 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.