Media and Communications Officer


Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working on human rights issues across the Commonwealth. CHRI has developed a focus on Access to Information and Access to Justice, particularly police reform and prison reform, in addition to broader human rights advocacy interventions it makes on topical and emergent issues in the Commonwealth. Headquartered in New Delhi, with offices in London and Accra, CHRI researches, monitors, and advocates for accountability and improved systems of governance and makes recommendations to Commonwealth governments, with a strong focus in India and South Asia. See www.humanrightsinitiative.org.

CHRI is looking for a media and communications officer based in Delhi, with the job profile given below:

  1. Work closely with the International Director in research and writing, editing articles, briefs and presentations, liaise with offices in London and Accra;
  2. Develop appropriate communications and outreach strategies for CHRI and its  programme activities;
  3. Assist the Co-Convenors and coordinating the activities of the South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN);
  4. Design develop and implement necessary media campaigns;
  5. Improve, update and upgrade CHRI website to make it interactive, energetic and attractive;
  6. Develop innovative ideas for communicating key issues and messaging, using new technologies, to reach out to various audiences;
  7. Improve the profile/visibility of CHRI across constituencies like policy makers, media houses, grassroots networks, exploring print, online and audio visual media;
  8. Develop and maintain relationship with media leaders and specialists and maintain database of media contacts;
  9. Edit and disseminate in-house publications including the quarterly newsletter;
  10. Conduct in-house media and writing workshops with the International Director;
  11. Prepare quarterly work plan to be reviewed by International Director;
  12. Undertake any other tasks assigned by the International Director.

Experience and qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience in journalism, editing, including reporting (print, online or broadcast)
  • Excellent communication skills and high proficiency in English and Hindi
  • Postgraduate degree in law, social sciences, mass communication or related fields
  • Experience of writing on human rights and social justice issues, particularly in relation to access to justice and access to information
  • Proven ability for innovative and effective communication of policy level interventions
  • Proven ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative and creativity, and proven capacity to think and act strategically
  • Experience of organising media campaigns for non-profits, and working with different teams
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing, email and internet research

Remuneration will be commensurate with knowledge and experience levels.

To apply: Please send your updated CV, a statement of interest clearly mentioning why you are suitable for the position, with contact details of two referees and at least two recent writing samples or broadcast pieces to vinu@humanrightsinitiative.org latest by 20 July 2018. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. We regret we cannot reply to every applicant. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.