We were recently awarded the “Hong Kong Top Ten Outstanding Community Service Awards 2019” by Lions Clubs International District 303 Hong Kong & Macao, China.
This prestigious award recognises PathFinders “Healthy Pregnancy, Happy Baby” programme which aims to provide healthcare to pregnant migrant women and their children born in Hong Kong who are unable to access public healthcare in the same way as Hong Kong residents.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Each year, PathFinders organises a number of events with both donors and beneficiaries. We host an annual fundraising dinner to raise a significant portion of our annual income, and we organise a variety of small and large scale community events to empower our beneficiaries and the wider community. PathFinders is looking for an Events Manager to coordinate all such events.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and pragmatic individual, with a good balance of organisational, commercial and interpersonal skills to work closely with the wider PathFinders team. This position is suitable for individuals with previous work experience who are able to work independently and take initiative. Responsibilities include;
- Event administration and management – responsible for all planning and execution, including liaising with suppliers, venue, performers, managing budgeting and post-event reporting
- Stakeholder management – key liaison point for all event stakeholder, for example in-kind and financial donors, paying guests, volunteers, community partners, employers, the general public, government departments, etc.
- Communications – preparation of all written copy and event materials, for example beneficiary and guest communications, social media, website and event brochure, etc.
NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Outgoing, creative and enthusiastic individual
- Must be capable of working independently and with a team, and managing a large number of senior stakeholders
- Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills
- Excellent English written and spoken communications skills
- Confident in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Attention to detail, and good with numbers
- Events, fundraising, business development, NGO experience
- Familiar with Google Drive, Salesforce/CRM databases
- This is 6 month full-time contract position, with the potential for conversion to a permanent role thereafter. The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible
- Applicants should be willing to work flexible hours to accommodate meetings and increased workload in the lead up to our annual fundraising dinner in November
- The position will be based predominantly at PathFinders’ offices at Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon. Travel within Hong Kong is expected for events and meetings
Interested applicants should send a Letter of Interest, Curriculum Vitae and availability by email, with the subject “Events Manager Application: [full name]”, to Harriet Beavis, Business Development Manager, at email@example.com
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and invited for interview. If you do not back from us within 4 weeks of submitting your application, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.
PathFinders is a committed equal opportunities employer. PathFinders Limited is non-partisan and non-religious.
In this Meet our Intern edition, say hi to Bohesa Won! Bohesa supported our Social Welfare team at PathFinders last year and recently graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a B.S. degree in International Politics. She was awarded a Princeton in Asia fellowship (2019-2020) and will spend the next year in Vietnam with the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation, an international NGO dedicated to preventing road crash fatalities and injuries in low- and middle-income countries.
Bohesa interned for the Mothers’ Protection Programme where she supported Case Managers in working closely with migrant worker women to promote access to a more secure future for themselves and their children. She was also able to attend several meetings at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, which provided the opportunity to understand how legislators shape policies on the treatment of foreign domestic workers and their children.
Bohesa’s experience opened her eyes to how PathFinders plays an often overlooked, but pivotal role in the health of communities: providing direct interaction, emotional support, and access to information to individuals who may otherwise be restricted from these resources due to economic, language, or other cultural barriers.
What activities have you been participating in?
As an intern for the Mothers’ Protection Programme, I assisted Case Managers who worked closely with migrant worker women to promote access to a more secure future for themselves and their children. Over the course of the internship, I accompanied clients to hospitals to ensure their healthcare needs were met, conducted home visits with healthcare representatives to check on the welfare of migrant women and their newborn babies, and assisted clients in accessing services at various government organizations. In addition to these weekly responsibilities, I had the chance to help manage the organisation’s shelter for clients in need of temporary housing. With other interns and PathFinders representatives, I also conducted public outreach efforts to local migrant communities to promote awareness of PathFinders’ resources and services. During the internship, I was also able to attend several meetings at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, which provided the opportunity to understand how legislators shaped policies on the treatment of foreign domestic workers and their children. As the scope of these responsibilities demonstrates, interns at PathFinders have the opportunity to see both how diverse and critical the activities of a single organisation can be in promoting the welfare of an underserved community.
What have you learnt from this internship?
One lesson I gained from my internship with PathFinders was the importance of understanding the interaction between distinct policies and the impact of this relationship on the security of individuals. For instance, in Hong Kong, employment and housing policies can interact to enhance the vulnerability of foreign domestic workers. Under the current law, domestic helpers are legally bound to live in their employer’s home, an arrangement which can produce a number of negative consequences for the helper. As is commonly the case for many PathFinders clients, an employer may illegally terminate a domestic helper when she becomes pregnant during her term of employment. In turn, she may quickly find herself both unemployed and homeless if her employer fires and subsequently removes her from their home.
As an intern with PathFinders, I had daily opportunities to directly assist migrant women who had found themselves in extremely difficult circumstances due to the interaction of such policies. In doing so, I was quite moved to see how NGOs played an active role in supporting individuals affected by policy gaps and inadequate government support. During a home visit to one of our migrant clients and her newborn child, I accompanied a PathFinders worker who was one of the only healthcare representatives to check in and see how the new mother was doing. Over the course of the visit, our PathFinders healthcare worker carefully assessed the condition of the mother and her newborn, relayed important childcare information, and worked with the mother to ensure she had access to basic supplies such as diapers and baby bottles.
It was in moments like these that I saw how NGOs bear enormous responsibility in promoting the security of neglected communities. Organizations like PathFinders play an often overlooked, but pivotal role in the health of communities: they provide direct interaction, emotional support, and access to information to individuals who may otherwise be restricted from these resources due to economic, language, or other cultural barriers. My experience with PathFinders also encouraged me to reconsider the importance of adopting an empowering approach to individuals and groups that are simply classified as “vulnerable.” As I saw through our engagement with clients, empowerment can take many forms. For instance, communities can learn about their rights to healthcare and legal resources through accessible information or learn about opportunities for their own advocacy and engagement in policy spheres.
I have left PathFinders excited to understand how stakeholders can cooperate to enhance the health and security of communities. My experiences at the intersection of social work, public health, and legislative advocacy inspired me to apply to a service fellowship to work abroad in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where I plan to apply the lessons I learned to promote road safety in the developing world. It is my hope that my experiences with PathFinders can continue to inform my efforts to elevate the public health challenges of various communities. Through the cooperation of stakeholders across sectors, we can promote solutions which enhance the well-being of increasingly broader sections of the population.
Happy International Domestic Workers’ Day to all the wonderful women and men critical to continued economic growth and family well-being in Hong Kong!
As an expression of gratitude and to mark this special day, we’re sharing this impactful video as a good reminder of just how much employers and Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) have in common in supporting the best interests of their homes and children.
Thank you to all our FDWs for their hard work, dedication and support.
Video credit: 香港亞洲家務工工會聯會 Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions FADWU and Rights Exposure.
In her speech, Rachel explained why she was inspired to join PathFinders and shared what PathFinders has achieved in its 10 years to make a difference for pregnant migrant workers and their children in Hong Kong.
Visit our YouTube page to view the video.
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MEET OUR INTERN – VICKY LEE
Read our latest intern spotlight featuring Vicky Lee. Vicky is a final year student of Geography and Resource Management at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong and has been a Fundraising and Events Intern at PathFinders since October last year. She was also a key member of the team that organised last year’s fun and memorable 10-year fundraising dinner. Thank you Vicky for your energy and commitment to PathFinders!
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What activities have you been participating in?
I have been involved in a wide range of activities over the past 7 months. I had the opportunity to organise events such as the annual fundraising dinner and donor appreciation drinks, etc. On the other hand, as a fundraising intern, I was assigned tasks such as researching new fundraising opportunities, writing grant proposals and attending donors-related meetings.
Apart from doing tasks that were related to my role, I was so thrilled to have a chance to interact and meet our beneficiaries. I supported our community events, education workshops and our Christmas/ birthday parties for beneficiaries. Every opportunity was enjoyable and enabled me to learn new things.
I’ve found my time at PathFinders very meaningful and interesting. Every day I was able to handle various tasks and meet people from different walks of life. I can see the impact that we are making and that’s what truly matters.
What have you learned from this internship?
Gratitude beyond words. I have learned so much throughout this internship and it has been one of the most enjoyable internships I have ever had. First of all, all my colleagues have been really supportive and friendly. It is very aspiring to see people working together to achieve the same mission and goals. I was inspired by the stories and motivations behind them.
I am also thankful to have a great supervisor who genuinely cares about my learning goals and career development. She sometimes assigns tasks that I might not be familiar with doing and that’s how I’ve learned so much. Being a Fundraising and Events Intern at PathFinders has allowed me to see how NGO management works from a business perspective. I’ve learned how important fundraising is to an NGO as it provides a foundation to serve our clients. I’ve also learned that collaboration between different sectors (private, public and NGO) is essential to bringing our work to society.
Lastly, this internship showed me a clear direction that I am devoted to working in the NGO field. I now realise that the greatest joy is to deliver impact and make this world a better place.
Having interned with PathFinders, what kind of change in society do you hope for?
It is fundamentally important to understand the needs and concerns of beneficiaries then our society can better provide what they need to them. Empathy is key and hopefully every individual can try to put themselves into others’ shoes. I didn’t know much about the dilemma of pregnant migrant workers before working at PathFinders. I’m glad that I’ve learned to see things from different perspectives and understand more about this community.
I hope Hong Kong society can be more supportive of our migrant workers.
(Registered Social Worker)
PathFinders is a Hong Kong-registered charity. We work to ensure that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected. We believe that every child born in Hong Kong deserves a fair start in life. We empower migrant worker mothers to make informed life decisions and to find a dignified path towards a legal, safe and sustainable future.
We are a small non-profit organisation currently seeking a high-caliber candidate to fill the position of Case Manager. Our office is in Tai Kok Tsui.
● Provide comprehensive assistance (including crisis intervention and field work) to migrant workers who are pregnant and/ or have children in Hong Kong;
● Accompany beneficiaries to ensure access to services including hospitals, Immigration Department, police stations, Legal Aid Department, Labour Department, Labour Tribunal, law firms, etc;
● Introduce PathFinders’ services to beneficiaries and provide guidance to them in planning for her infant’s care, parenting options, future life options and to monitor the implementation of that plan;
● Ensure that vulnerable children and their migrant mothers are protected and are safe from harm;
● Conduct home visits as appropriate;
● Provide counselling and emotional support to migrant women as appropriate;
● Conduct individual assessments including assessments for shelter-admission purposes, attend
shelter meeting regularly;
● Liaise and build collaboration with NGO agencies, government departments, professionals and volunteers who offer services that assist vulnerable children and migrant women;
● Educate the public on behalf of PathFinders on issues relating to migrant women and their children;
● Develop close relationships with the migrant women community for the purpose of outreach to and
education of this population;
● Build issues-awareness, work with and monitor volunteers and interns in undertaking the above;
● Conduct workshops and hold small group discussions as appropriate;
● Respond to hotline enquires
● Meticulously and regularly document work in PathFinders’ case management system (SalesForce) including, in particular, case records, referrals, summary reports, statistics and meeting file notes for efficient case tracking, referral to lawyers and outside agencies data analysis, reporting and research purposes; and
● Be comfortable collaborating and communicating with a small, dedicated team all of whom also need to be involved in certain aspects of office administration, programme development
● Diploma or above, Hong Kong registered social worker (RSW);
● Fresh graduates are welcome to apply;
● Excellent command of spoken and written English and either proficient in Cantonese;
● 5-day work, sometimes be required to work at weekends (with time off in lieu);
● Keen to improve the welfare of children, migrant workers and pregnant women;
● A positive thinker with a can-do attitude, willing to foster organisational and community development;
● A good team communicator and player, a quick learner who is able to work under pressure and in a dynamic environment;
● Proficiency in PC and Smartphone operations including MC Office, Excel, PowerPoint, whatsapp etc. Training on using SalesForce will be provided.
Please send your resume including cover letter, with current and expected salary, and possible start day by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants who do not hear from us in two weeks of application should consider their applications unsuccessful.
All information and personal data provided by applicants as part of this recruitment process will be treated in confidence and used for recruitment for this role only.
PathFinders is a committed equal opportunities employer.
We recently created multi-page Chinese leaflets to send to various social welfare organisations so more people – specifically our local population – can have a better understanding of our services.
If friends at other NGOs know of relevant cases we welcome case referrals.
Let’s work together to ensure all children are respected and protected.
PathFinders recently supported migrant women by collaborating with Christy Themar of Next Chapters who delivered a Positive Parenting workshop with freshly designed materials in both English and Bahasa Indonesia, offering guidance emphasising the impact of parenting
approaches in the short and long term.