Senior Legal Advisor (Consultancy)

Justice Centre Hong Kong
  • Location
    Hong Kong
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 03

Position description

Work hours: 5 days per week; 9:30AM-6PM; Some evenings required.                             

The Senior Policy Advisor is responsible for contributing to Justice Centre Hong Kong’s (Justice Centre) Policy and Advocacy work. The Advisor will take a lead in garnering civil society engagement in the Universal Periodic Review process, monitoring the policy environment domestically and internationally and staying abreast of developments, drafting policy briefings and reports, networking and collaborating with civil society organisations engaged in rights based work in Hong Kong.

Justice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit, human-rights organisation working to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants - refugees, victims of torture, survivors of human trafficking and forced labour. 

We envision Hong Kong as a fair and inclusive society where even the most marginalised enjoy fundamental rights and access to justice.

We enable our clients to access their rights through legal and psychosocial support, policy, advocacy and research.


·     Take a lead role in drafting and disseminating various materials for policy and advocacy, such as reports, briefings, and submissions to different key stakeholders, presentations, letters, blogs and other relevant outputs

·     Plan and deliver capacity building workshops for civil society groups on the UPR process

·     Participate in the public consultation for the UPR including coordinating a working group to produce a joint UPR draft shadow report

·     Increase the availability of human rights-related data to use as part of the UPR draft shadow report

·     Build relationships with elected lawmakers, engage in key panel meetings of the Legislative Council and pursue rights- based policy and legislative change

·     Engage with UN Treaty bodies and other inter-governmental organisations, raising Hong Kong human rights issues in regional and international fora

·     Engage with the diplomatic community in Hong Kong on a regular basis

·     Develop mechanisms to scan and keep abreast of important developments and policy debates in the legal and policy context, both in Hong Kong as well as regionally and internationally

·     Serve as a spokesperson for the organisation at meetings, or in networks and coalitions, helping to build Justice Centre’s profile and representing Justice Centre effectively

·     Contribute to the development of Justice Centre advocacy strategies and monitoring and evaluation

·     Contribute to maintaining positive working relationships within the staff team and with HKSAR Government, professional bodies, UNHCR, NGOs, service user base and other stakeholders

·     Report to donors funding the UPR advocacy and policy project

·     Perform other duties as assigned by the ED.


Knowledge and Experience


·        Degree in international relations, human rights, law or other relevant discipline

·        Postgraduate qualification in international relations, human rights, international law, refugee studies or other relevant discipline

·        Expert knowledge of the UN Convention against Torture and other relevant human rights standards at the national, regional and international levels

·        Expert knowledge of the UN system

·        10 years of relevant professional experience including project management and managing teams


·        Knowledge of social science research methods and quality standards

·        Experience of forced migration advocacy and policy work

 Skills & Experience for this role 


·        Track record of successfully influencing UN and other foreign policy actors

·        Experience of producing high quality research outputs for publication and advocacy purposes

·        Track record of developing and delivering partnerships in the international arena

·        Experience using social media for policy influencing purposes

·        Strong strategic thinker with a proven ability to shrewdly assess policy-related opportunities and risks

·        Excellent research skills

·        Outstanding written English skills including ability to produce high quality research and policy outputs

·        Strong verbal advocacy skills

·        Successful team approach to delivering professional responsibilities

·        Sensitivity, resilience and strength in talking with people who have suffered trauma and working with materials related to these experiences

·        Commitment to comply and respect Justice Centre’s policies and practices including confidentiality, ethical approaches and equal opportunities


·        Advocacy and Policy experience in a UPR project

·        Experience of responsible working with survivors of torture or other forms of trauma in an activism context


·        Competitive NGO salary: HK$30,000 pcm

·        Pension scheme

·        Health insurance

·        Time Off In Lieu policy

Application instructions

Please e-mail your CV and statement of interest with the subject line “Senior Policy Advisor” by 11:59pm on Friday April 21.

 Unfortunately, due to the high level of interest in our organisation, we are only able to reply to shortlisted applicants.

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