Project Officer, Prisons Reforms (Delhi)


The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is an independent, non-partisan, international human rights NGO based in New Delhi, India, has offices in London, UK and Accra, Ghana, and working for the practical realization of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth. Access to Information and Access to Justice are two focus areas of CHRI’s work. For more information, please visit: www.humanrightsinitiative.org

CHRI is presently seeking qualified staff for deepening its work on prison oversight mechanisms, legal aid for persons in custody and making interventions to advocate for prison reforms. The CHRI Prison Reforms Programme has worked in India for around 15 years. CHRI’s work is focused on increasing transparency of a traditionally closed system. A major area of work is checking gaps and failures of the legal system that result in terrible overcrowding and unconscionably long pre-trial detention and prison overstays, and engaging in interventions to ease this. We believe that attention to these areas will bring improvements to the administration of prisons as well as have a knock-on effect on the administration of justice overall.

The following position is vacant in its Prison Reforms Programme under the Access to Justice Programme:

Position: Project Officer, Prisons Reforms (Delhi) – 1 vacancy

Job Description:

Responsibilities include collecting and analysing literature and data on prisons and prisoners; compiling, tabulating, interpreting and analysing data collected from primary and secondary resources; designing the research methodology for studies or surveys undertaken by CHRI; writing and/or translating documents in English and Hindi and preparing for publication; researching, drafting and editing publications on prisons, legal aid; organising and conducting workshops and seminars; developing suitable material for publication, and writing regularly for the media; initiating, moderating and popularising Prisons Reforms Programme’s e-forums, and social media discussion groups; coordinating and cooperating closely with other staff, including out-of-station consultants; preparing work plan and report on progress periodically; conducting project-related correspondence; maintaining project documentation, preparing progress reports for funders and other similar project-related work in general other tasks, as needed.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Degree in relevant area, such as law, criminology or social sciences; preferably at a post-graduate level
  • 0-2 years relevant work experience
  • Understanding of and commitment to human rights
  • Competent research and analytical skills
  • High levels of competence in articulation (verbal and writing) in English and Hindi
  • Proven ability to work with a high degree of initiative and creativity under minimal guidance
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing, email, social media and internet research
  • Knowledge of moderating email discussion groups and discussions in social media
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn
  • Strong sense of commitment to work

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience of working in the field of Prison Reforms or Legal Aid 
  • Previous experience of working in a multi-cultural office environment

The selected candidate will be based in Delhi and may be required to travel to the project areas inside the country.

Salary: Remuneration will be commensurate with knowledge and experience levels.

Type of Appointment and duration: 2 year fixed term contract with a 6 months probation period

To apply: Interested candidates may apply with a CV, a covering letter, two references and two writing samples of 2-4 pages to vinu@humanrightsinitiative.org. Last date of submission is 2 January 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.