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Our Fundraising & Events Team is hiring an intern

hiring case manager

ABOUT THE FUNDRAISING & EVENTS TEAM
PathFinders’ Fundraising & Events (FR&E) team is responsible for managing donor relations, sourcing new funding and support for our services, and coordinating fundraising and CSR events. The FR&E team is seeking enthusiastic and pragmatic interns to work closely with the wider PathFinders team on various fundraising initiatives and events. This is a unique opportunity to experience non-profit management and gain significant exposure to frontline client programmes.

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES
● Research local and global corporates, foundations and other potential donor organisations, to identify new funding sources and partnerships
● Prepare funding applications, donor reports and fundraising communications materials, including slide decks, newsletters, social media and blog
● Support and coordinate fundraising, CSR and community events
● Provide administrative support to the FR&E team
● Support other PathFinders projects as needed

NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
● A demonstrated interest in the social sector, philanthropy, NGOs, corporate social responsibility,
fundraising or events. Previous experience is desirable
● Able to work independently with limited supervision, and in a team environment
● Strong research, organisational and administrative skills
● Fluency in English, with excellent verbal and written communications skills
● Your own computer, with Microsoft Office (or compatible) suite
● Knowledge of Cantonese, Bahasa Indonesian and/or Tagalog would also be an advantage
● Design or graphic design skills would also be an advantage
● Be comfortable with, and committed to, operating within PathFinders’ core values:
non-judgmental, respectful, passionate, courageous, empathetic, discreet, collaborative; and
● Hold a HKID, valid visa or be eligible to apply for a working student or training visa. Students who are not permanent Hong Kong residents should refer to the conditions for taking up employment in Hong Kong. A breach of any condition will render them liable to prosecution and removal from Hong Kong under the Immigration Ordinance.

INTERNSHIP INFORMATION
● This is a full or part time position, with a minimum commitment of 20 hours/week for 6 weeks
● Applicants should be willing to work flexible hours to accommodate events
● The internship will be based predominantly at PathFinders’ offices at Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Travel within Hong Kong is expected for events and to attend various meetings
● This is an unpaid internship unless the applicant falls outside the exceptions in the Minimum Wage Ordinance. Reasonable travel expenses while on PathFinders’ business will be reimbursed

TO APPLY
● Interested applicants should send a Letter of Interest, Curriculum Vitae and availability (dates) by email, with the subject “F&E Internship Application: [full name]”, addressed to Harriet Beavis, Development Manager, at harriet.beavis@pathfinders.org.hk
● 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.


Reinstatement

INTRODUCTION
Many of our clients have had their employment illegally terminated when their employers find out they are pregnant. Our Access to Justice team assists on these types of cases to make sure the client is not discriminated against. For many, this involves suing the employer in court and that process is long and full of obstacles. For others, the employer might agree to rehire the client. This first half of the year, three of our clients have been reinstated as domestic workers shortly after their termination due to the intervention of the Access to Justice team.

ARTICLE
For foreign domestic workers (FDWs), losing their job when they are pregnant doesn’t just mean losing their only, and often main, source of income for their family back in their home country. It also means they lose their employment visa and access to subsidized healthcare, meaning giving birth can cost up to around HK$100,000. They might also become homeless.

A FDW who has been terminated due to her pregnancy can bring wrongful dismissal and sex discrimination claims in the courts. However this process often takes months, or even years, and in the meantime, she has no income and no access to subsidized healthcare for the birth.

Reinstatement might not be suitable in all cases because it requires both the employer and FDW to agree to it. However, it could be pursued where the parties’ relationship was previously good or where there was some misunderstanding around the termination and the FDW’s rights.

The unique nature of an FDW’s job, being required to stay in her employer’s residence, means that rehiring an FDW is not always possible. Sometimes the relationship would have deteriorated to such an extent that reinstatement is no longer feasible.

But when it is, it means not only that the client stays employed and continues to receive her salary and maternity benefits, but also that she has access to subsidized healthcare in Hong Kong for her delivery — which is often the best result for the client in what can otherwise be a very desperate situation.

The Access to Justice team has a tricky job acting not only as advocate for the client to protect her interests, but also as conciliator to come up with an arrangement that is mutually acceptable to both the client and her employer. Our legally trained team members meet with both sides to explore whether reinstatement is feasible and if so, work out issues like where the worker will spend her maternity leave and where the baby will live.

When Janice,* a Filipino domestic worker, told her employer she was pregnant, she was forced to sign a resignation letter. Later, she went to a Pathfinders education session held at the Philippines Consulate. At that session, she met a member of our Social Welfare team who explained that what her employer had done was illegal.

PathFinders’ Social Welfare and Access to Justice teams worked together with Janice to have her reinstated.
Ideally reinstatement must be achieved in just two weeks. This is because the law in Hong Kong says that a foreign domestic worker is only allow to remain in Hong Kong for two weeks after the date of the termination of her employment.

While it is possible to request a reissuance of a new employment visa, the policy is opaque, and our experience is that the Immigration Department has a lot of discretion on whether or not to grant this.
Whilst the case handlers are tasked with a seemingly impossible task, it is heartening that we have had three successful reinstatement cases this year. Prior to that, there have only be two cases since Pathfinders was founded in 2008.

Moreover, a recent change in the law might mean that we see more cases like these going forward. From October, the Labour Tribunal can order compulsory reinstatement in the event of unlawful termination where the employee agrees to it and it is “reasonably practicable.” Whilst it remains to be seen whether it is practicable or sensible to follow the new Labour Tribunal route to reinstatement in FDW cases, the new law will hopefully help to add to the debate around issues of unlawful termination of pregnant FDWs and the practicality of the live-in rule during FDWs’ maternity leave.

Upon reinstatement, Janice took her maternity leave, initially in Hong Kong before giving birth. Thereafter we assisted the baby to stay three weeks at the hospital until her travel documents were issued as Janice’s employers did not allow the baby to stay in their residence. Thereafter the mother and her baby returned to the Philippines where Janice spent the rest of her maternity leave.

When Janice got back to Hong Kong after her maternity leave, she worked out the duration of her existing contract and has since begun work with a new employer. Today, both Janice and her baby are thriving.

*Names changed to protect privacy


PathFinders is hiring a Legal Case Officer

This is a full time, paid position

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Support clients to understand their rights and obligations as well as help them pursue or defend legal claims;
2. Assist with management of legal cases (prepare case notes, refer clients to and attend meeting with lawyers,
accompany clients to attend appointments with Government Departments);
3. Research topical case and policy issues as they arise;
4. Research and prepare legal memoranda, legal case histories and studies;
5. Research and prepare information and education materials; and
6. Where required, support law and policy improvements through community engagement as well as liaise with
and prepare submissions to the UN, government, consulates, the legal community and other NGOs.


PathFinders is hiring a Case Manager

hiring case manager

PathFinders is Seeking a Case Manager to provide crisis intervention to pregnant migrant workers; ̇Diploma or above, RSW ̇Excellent command of spoken and written English. Proficient in Cantonese/
Bahasa Indonesian;
̇Mature, able to work under pressure, passionate in working with migrants/crisis
̇A positive thinker with a can-do attitude, a good team player ̇5-day work week, required to work on 1-2 weekend/month
Please visit www.pathfinders.org.hk/public/about/jobs/ for job description and
email your resume including cover letter, with current and expected salary to
jobs@pathfinders.org.hk
(All information provided will only be used for recruitment related purpose.)


Volunteer Opportunity

PathFinders helping Children through the Mothers' protection program

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

We are seeking energetic and confident individuals to volunteer for our biggest annual fundraising event – PathFinders’ Anniversary Dinner.

WHAT: A lively event with more than 150 top business and civic leaders in attendance. Last year, it raised HK $2.6 million to enable PathFinders to transform lives.

WHEN: 19th November, 2016

WHY: A fun and rewarding volunteer experience, benefitting hundreds of the most vulnerable babies and children born in Hong Kong.

WHO: Ideally you will be comfortable in a client facing role and confident conversing in English.

Food,refreshments and travel reimbursement will be provided for volunteers.

Click Here or on the Sign Up button below to learn more about this opportunity

Volunteer Now!


Internships

Join a fast-growing, innovative and impactful NGO.

PathFinders recruits unpaid interns for summer & winter breaks and year-round.

Interns do diverse, meaningful work within our collaborative teams.


PathFinders at LegCo

Linny Ng at LegCo

PathFinders has had a busy time collaborating with LegCo members and the administration at several recent public consultations.

We participate to ensure that the voices of the babies, children and women we serve are heard and considered.

Ruth Jackson and Luna Chan stood up for the otherwise voiceless babies PathFinders helps at a recent panel on Child Welfare services.

Our Legal Intern, Linny Ng, spoke at LegCo about the UN Convention Against Torture.

Linny has been with PathFinders for the last year. We wish her all the best this September when she goes to law school at London’s LSE on a scholarship!

Read our submissions

Ruthluna@legco