PILnet is a global non-governmental organization that creates opportunities for social change by unlocking law’s full potential. With programs in Europe & Eurasia, Asia, and at the global level, PILnet aims to reclaim and reimagine the role of law so that it works for the benefit of all. PILnet builds networks and collaborations of public interest and private sector lawyers who understand how law works when it serves the interests of the privileged and then it uses that knowledge to strengthen civil society and the communities they serve.


Based in Asia and reporting to the Director for Hong Kong, the Project Coordinator will coordinate an initiative called Mobilizing the Global Legal Community to Protect and Find Solutions for Refugees and Others Forcibly Displaced.

Through the first-ever Global Refugee Forum, PILnet together with other partners (the “Core Group”) solicited pledges from the global legal community – including law firms, bar associations, corporations and civil society – to help meet the unmet legal needs of refugees and others forcibly displaced. As a result, 28 law firms, bar associations and corporations have pledged 127,000 pro bono hours alongside other commitments to support refugees’ access to asylum, and other rights and protections. 59 legal and community empowerment organizations also pledged to collaborate in the initiative.

Under the supervision of the Director for Hong Kong, the Project Coordinator will apply his or her technical skills, education and experience to:

  • Conduct and compile a legal needs assessment/mapping exercise;
  • Lead the development of a global clearinghouse/matching mechanism (with a
    focus in Asia);
  • Coordinate with other NGOs through an established Core Group, which includes
    monthly virtual meetings and an annual Core Group Convening;
  • Organize related events such as workshops, trainings and roundtables;
  • Recruit and manage a local staff in an Asian jurisdiction to help execute a pilot
  • Work with the local staff to develop a national coordination mechanism for pro bono
    legal support for refugees and others forcibly displaced;
  • Ensure the successful and timely implementation of all activities as part of the
    project and according to grant proposals;
  • Collaborate with PILnet colleagues in other locations to strengthen coordination
    and organizational learning;
  • Support the project’s monitoring and evaluation processes;
  • Coordinate project reports (narrative and financial) for funders and other
    internal/external purposes;
  • Provide support to the Director for Hong Kong and the Development Team in
    exploring additional funding opportunities;
  • Work closely with the Director for Hong Kong to build partnerships with local
    stakeholders, including other NGOs, government, corporations, universities and
    international organizations (e.g. UNHCR);
  • Keep abreast of developments relevant to the project; and
  • Other tasks as requested by the Director for Hong Kong.


  • Undergraduate degree in law, political science, international relations, public
    administration or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with a law
    degree. Training or a degree in refugee law is a plus.
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience, preferably in a legal nonprofit
    focused on supporting refugees and others forcibly displaced.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Spoken and written proficiency in an
    Asian language is a plus.
  • Strong interest in public interest law, refugee law, social justice and human rights.
  • Project management experience and a record of delivering projects on time and to
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to set and execute multiple
    projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage competing priorities while
    maintaining a professional approach.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrated by the ability to
    present effectively and persuasively.
  • Excellent people skills, including networking, organizing, negotiating, and inspiring.
  • Ability to delegate tasks effectively and mentor program staff, fellows and interns.
  • Working knowledge of performance evaluation techniques and key metrics.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite (Excel, Outlook, Access, etc.) and Google Apps.

Candidates should ideally be based in Hong Kong but PILnet is open to consider a remote working arrangement and suitable candidates in Asia are therefore encouraged to apply.

PILnet also strongly encourages candidates with a refugee background to apply for this position if they have the necessary work authorization.


Salary and title will be commensurate with experience.

To apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the candidate’s suitability to perform the job responsibilities detailed above to: jmayerhofer@pilnet.org.

Applications will be considered until 26 July 2020, 6 PM Hong Kong time.

Only applicants shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.

Personal data provided by applicants will be used strictly in accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance.