Better Work
Better World

We support workers advocating for their rights across the Asia-Pacific region

Together we stand in solidarity with workers across Asia and the Pacific, fighting for their rights

Join the global living wage movement

Join the global movement by giving just 1 hour of the New Zealand Living Wage per month – $26 – to support union groups in Asia-Pacific in their struggles for fair wages and decent working conditions.

Flavours of Solidarity - unionaid cookbook

This unique recipe book is a celebration of this shared language. It brings to your kitchen a collection of recipes from our partners and friends across Asia and the Pacific. It’s a tribute to those who have, with determination and bravery, stood up to demand better, more equitable conditions for themselves and their communities.

What we do

Build Unions

Unions empower workers by giving them the collective strength to negotiate fair wages and working conditions, thereby enhancing their overall quality of life. Across Asia and the Pacific, we support union groups in their struggle for these rights. Our initiatives create links between unions and workers in Aotearoa New Zealand and other unions throughout our region.

Skills training

Skills training increases job opportunities and earning potential. Our projects support women, migrants and minorities to gain new vocational skills so they can get decent work and safely support themselves and their families.

Create Cooperatives

Establishing local co-operatives enables small scale farmers, street vendors, cleaners and other groups of working people to collectively make and sell their products, improving their incomes and sustainability. We have supported Dalit and Tribal workers in India to form co-operatives, increasing their incomes and breaking dependency on money lenders, middle men and landlords.

Shape Young Leaders

With funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), we provide young community leaders from Myanmar, East Indonesia and Mindanao (southern Philippines) with the opportunity to learn about democracy, human rights, gender justice, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and community development.

Job vacancy: Programme Coordinator Cambodia Laos Young Leaders Programme

UnionAID is an international development organisation that is committed to empowering working people and young leaders to alleviate poverty and achieve social justice in Asia and the Pacific.

UnionAID is excited to announce the opening for the position of Cambodia Laos Young Leaders Programme Coordinator. 

The Role

The Cambodia Laos Young Leaders Programme Coordinator will play a pivotal role in supporting and delivering a new programme aimed at developing highly skilled young leaders from Cambodia and Laos. This part-time, Auckland-based position involves managing various programme aspects, including mentoring and hosting arrangements, event organisation, travel coordination and administration. The role provides some flexibility to work from home. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Managing logistics and administration for the programme, including visa processing and travel arrangements.
  • Overseeing programme promotion, selection processes, and administration.
  • Coordinating the young leaders’ setup in New Zealand, including financial and logistical support.
  • Contributing to curriculum planning and potentially facilitating workshops.
  • Organising events and extra-curricular activities in New Zealand.
  • Overseeing the Auckland-based mentor programme and host family arrangements.


  • Practical administration experience, preferably in a non-government or education organisation.
  • Proven ability to manage diverse workloads and meet deadlines.
  • Experience in recruiting and managing mentors or host families.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural experience.
  • Strong interest in international development, ideally with practical experience.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills.
  • High level of technological competence.
  • Understanding of te ao Māori.
  • A positive attitude, integrity, and a passion for international development.

Application Process

If you have a genuine interest in international development and meet the above criteria, we encourage you to apply.

Please submit your application, including a CV and cover letter, via Seek, by Friday 23rd February 2024.


UnionAID is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.

Young Leaders Programme Coordinators (Wellington & Auckland)

UnionAID is a development organisation that is committed to empowering working people and young leaders to alleviate poverty and achieve social justice in Asia and the Pacific.

We are looking for two Young Leaders Programme Coordinators (one based in Wellington, one in Auckland) to work with our Programme Managers in the delivery of the Indonesia and Mindanao Young Leaders Programmes.  The successful candidates will be directly responsible for key aspects of the programmes, including establishing and managing New Zealand based mentors and host families for the young leaders, event management, visa processing, and coordinating travel.

The role will be part time (20 hours per week).

The people we are looking for to join our team will have (among other attributes):

  • A genuine interest in international development work, ideally supported by practical experience in international or community development
  • Practical administration experience, ideally in a non-government or education organisation
  • Proven ability to organise and undertake a diverse workload, managing constant and often competing work demands
  • Excellent communication, inter-personal and organisational skills
  • A positive attitude and be a team player

They will also:

  • Be adept at building internal and external relationships, including with young leaders, staff, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Be familiar and competent with Microsoft Office Suite, and remote working software including Zoom, Teams, One Drive, Google Workspace tools.

If this sounds like you and you want to know more, please visit our website to get the Job Description for these positions. A Cover Letter which addresses the position description, and a CV, should be sent to the UnionAID Executive Director, Tim Sutton tim@unionaid.org.nz by 5pm Monday July 25th.

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