Working with Us
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 realisation of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth. CHRI particularly focuses on access to information, access to justice, and monitors the Commonwealth and its member states from the lens of human rights.
At Present we have the following openings for which applications are invited:
Police Reforms Programme
Prisons Reforms Programme
Strategic Initiatives Programme
Volunteer - Media Unit
Researcher - Director's Office
Are you a super-quick whiz on the net that loves law and policy based research for human rights advocacy and reform? Are you skilled at writing in simple language on different topics for a variety of audiences? Would you like to work with and learn from our dynamic Director on a daily basis? Then this is the job for you and it is in New Delhi.
Who are we? We are the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. We are an international non-governmental organisation based in New Delhi, with offices in Accra and London. We work for the practical realisation of human rights in the Commonwealth. We particularly work on access to information, police accountability and prisoner’s rights. We also monitor the Commonwealth and its member states from the lens of human rights.
Before you apply, please make sure you know enough about our work from our website www.humanrightsinitiative.org. If you continue to be interested, and are willing to give at minimum two years to this job, please apply with your CV, a cover note explaining why you think you are suitable for the position, two references and one page of original writing to
by 16th February 2014.
Please note that our salaries are modest and this job will be more a learning opportunity than an earning opportunity.
Police Reforms Programme, CHRI
(i) Programme Officer, Police Reforms Programme
The position is a fine opportunity for a young professional committed to human rights and access to justice, to work on some cutting edge issues in the field, and become skilled at the complex process of putting commitment and knowledge to use for systemic change.
The programme officer will be required to work in a small team and engage in research and evidence based advocacy to promote accountable policing in India.
The programme officer will:
- Design and conduct research studies, ensuring optimal use of the Right to Information,
- Organise and resource workshops and conferences,
- Develop written and multimedia materials,
- Provide technical assistance to a large variety of people working on issues related to police accountability,
- Maintain and expand networks with diverse groups (including governments, national police oversight bodies, police, civil society and media)
Candidates should have a minimum of 2-3 years professional work experience, with strong academic qualifications in law, social sciences, human rights, or other security or criminal justice related fields. Candidates must possess good research, writing and editing and oral communications skills in English. Language skills in Hindi are highly desirable. Knowledge of human rights, policing, or security sector reform is an advantage, as is experience in planning and implementing advocacy strategies. Candidates must be adaptable and able to work effectively in a challenging environment. Remuneration will be commensurate with knowledge and experience levels.
Application procedure for above vacancy
Please apply with: :
- 1 page Cover Letter explaining why you think you are suitable for the job
- Résumé, of no more than 3 pages
- One writing sample indicative of your research, analysis and writing skills (no more than 4 pages)
- Contact details of two references, who can vouch for your professional competence
Applications should be sent only by email to CHRI at
by 15th March 2014. Applicants are requested to mention in the subject line, the specific post they are applying for: Programme Officer, Police Reforms. Only complete applications will be considered.
Prisons Reforms Programme
CHRI is presently seeking qualified staff for deepening its work on legal aid, effective representation and fair trial in Rajasthan and West Bengal. The CHRI Prison Reforms Programme has worked in India for more than a decade. CHRI’s work is focused on increasing transparency of a traditionally closed system and exposing malpractice. 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 five positions are vacant in its Prisons Reforms Initiative under Access to Justice Programme:
Position I: Senior Programme Officer, Prisons Reforms (Delhi, India)
- Conceptualizing, designing, managing and monitoring CHRI’s research projects on pre-trial detention
- Designing and facilitating legal education programmes for lawyers; paralegal training of jail officials, prison inmates, and civil society;
- Guiding and mentoring staff and trainee lawyers;
- Preparing advocacy documents for agencies in the criminal justice system, the government, and media;
- Drafting petitions and memorandums;
- Programme monitoring;
- Documentation, internal and external reporting, coordination with programme partners;
- Representing CHRI as required at various levels.
- Postgraduate or graduate degree in law
- 5 -8 years experience of practice in court
- High levels of competence in legal research and analytical skills
- Excellent knowledge of fair trial procedures
- High levels of competence in articulation (verbal and writing) in English and Hindi
- Proven ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative and creativity, and proven capacity to think and act strategically
- Excellent computer skills, especially in Microsoft Office and internet research
- Strong sense of commitment to work
- Readiness to travel at short notice
- Experience in designing and conducting workshops / trainings for lawyers, prison officials, jail inmates, government and civil society
- Experience in legal aid, public defense, public interest litigation and legal reform
- Experience of advocacy and network building
- Experience of working in a multi-cultural office environment
- Knowledge of other regional languages
The Senior Programme Officer will be based in Delhi and travel as required to other parts of the country.
The position is suitable for an energetic, enthusiastic and creative person interested in working at the cutting edge of access to justice issues. Candidate must be adaptable and able to work effectively as a member of a team in a multicultural environment.
Type of Appointment and duration: Contractual with a 6 months probation period. Please apply only if you are willing to work with us a minimum of two years.
Salary: 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 a recent writing sample to
latest by 16th February 2014.
Strategic Initiatives Programme
Position I: Research Officer, Strategic Initiatives Programme (monitors human rights performance of Commonwealth member-states, in-country and at international forums)
The position will be based full-time at CHRI’s headquarters in New Delhi.
- Assist with the development of CHRI's next report to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
- Monitor, research and report on human rights issues in Commonwealth countries
- Preparation of effective and targeted advocacy documents
- Assist with CHRI’s work with the United Nations Human Rights Council and other international human rights mechanisms
- Prepare work plans and report on progress
- Other tasks as necessary
- Master’s Degree in Law, International Relations, Political Science or a related field
- Very good internet based research skills
- Exceptional ability to communicate in English, verbal and written
- Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative
- Ability to network with a wide variety of actors
- Experience of working at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
- Experience of working in a South-based human rights organisation
Remuneration will be commensurate with knowledge and experience levels.
Interested candidates should apply with:
- a current CV;
- a cover letter;
- one writing sample (no longer than four pages); and
- contact details of two referees
Applications should be sent to
latest by 15th March 2014.
CHRI is seeking a new Coordination Officer to head its London office. Founded in London in 1987, CHRI works for the practical resolution of human rights in the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Its headquarters are now in Delhi with offices in London and Accra, Ghana. (www.humanrightsinitiative.org) CHRI’s London office monitors human rights in the16 Commonwealth countries of the western hemisphere and develops related advocacy. It is a liaison point with the Commonwealth Secretariat offices in London and also develops project work on human rights education in Commonwealth countries.
Position: Coordination Officer/Head of London Office, (2.5 days a week) Voluntary
The Coordination Officer will manage the London officeand will:
- Oversee-research, monitoring and advocacy on human rights in Western Hemisphere Commonwealth countries.
- Lead advocacy with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the UK government, Commonwealth organizations, diplomats and key partners in the UK.
- Develop fundraising and project work for CHRI.
- Manage two part-time volunteers engaged in research, monitoring and administration.
- Liaise with Delhi headquarters on present work streams.
- Senior-level experience in human rights or development policy and advocacy in the NGO or inter-governmental sector.
- A track record of developing strategy, implementing plans and activities and achieving results on international policy initiatives.
- A flexible collegiate style enjoying working in a small team.
- Ability to deal with competing demands, multiple priorities and tight time constraints.
- Excellent written and spoken English including writing and editing for high level audiences and a keen eye for accuracy and detail.
Please send your application in the form of a CV and a letter of application (two sides) by email titled “Head of London Office” to
. Please note that this is a voluntary position. The applicant must have the right to work in the UK. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Closing Date: 1 March 2014.
Media Unit, CHRI
Position : Volunteer, Media Unit
Are you passionate about media and social networking and have a keen eye for spotting human rights issues in an international context? Then CHRI has an interesting opportunity for you!
CHRI is looking for an intern for the media unit to work on updating the media database of the NGO. This is an excellent opportunity for final year students or recent graduates in journalism and related fields, who are interested in exploring opportunities in the not-for-profit sector. It provides a great learning opportunity for students who have a passion for people and their rights, and love Facebook, Twitter and working on the internet!
CHRI works on human rights issues across 53 countries of the Commonwealth. The intern would be assisting the Media Officer to explore contacts in the different countries that we work in, prepare region-wise [South Asia, East Africa, Caribbean, etc.] background notes on the state of the media, different media organisations, including newspapers, magazines, TV, online media, social media and update the contacts in Excel format. The intern will also have an opportunity to interact with journalists in different countries and acquaint themselves with human rights issues of importance to CHRI and figure out how to get the media interested in them.
The position is ideal for an energetic, diligent, cool-headed, self-starting young person, who values the time-consuming and routine tasks as good grounding that prepares one for the more creative aspects of the work.
If you think this is the job for you, please visit our website www.humanrightsinitiative.org, make sure you know enough about our work. If you are still interested, and are willing to give at minimum six months to one year to this job, please apply with your CV, two references and one page of original writing to
by 31st March 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please note that this is a volunteer position.