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Tuesday, November 9, 2010


The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is an independent, non-partisan, international non-governmental organisation, mandated to ensure the practical realisation of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth. It has offices in London, UK; Accra, Ghana; and is headquartered in New Delhi, India.
 CHRI has a voluntary internship programme. We accept short-term (2-6 months) volunteers/interns from various law schools in India, as well as through overseas organisations. Interns/volunteers are usually assigned research tasks in a subject area which corresponds to their education and interest. Their programme assignments, however, will also depend on the demands of the various programmes within the organisation. Volunteers/Interns are also asked to assist in organising conferences, writing for CHRI’s quarterly newsletter and contributing to its website. There is no intake timetable for internship and it remains open all the time as it is purely based on our programme needs.

The areas of work to which an intern could be assigned are Access to Justice (Police & Prison Reforms, Judicial Colloquia), Access to Information (Right to Information, Participatory Constitution making) , Media Outreach Department and developing CHRI’s biennial report for the Commonwealth Heads of Government. To know more about our programmes, please visit our website at

CHRI expects volunteers/interns to contribute their research and writing skills, organisational skills and show enthusiasm to learn.

CHRI does not pay any compensation to short-term interns/volunteers.  However, candidates with excellent academic record, writing and research skills, and who can commit for a minimum period of 6 months are given basic shared accommodation or a stipend which equals a reasonable living allowance in Delhi.

Pls find complete job description for Programme officer-Prison Reforms Programme and RTI programme below:
Programme Officer - Prison Reforms Programme
The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is currently recruiting a Programme Officer to work in its prison reforms programme based in the New Delhi office. CHRI's prison reforms programme works on prisoners’ rights and improved prison conditions.
The CHRI prison reforms programme aims to reform prison administration and foster an attitude of cooperation between the various agencies of the criminal justice system in place of the prevailing indifference and discrimination. CHRI seeks to achieve its goals through research, legal analysis and advice, advocacy, capacity building, network building and conference facilitation.
Job Description
  • Research on issue, laws and standards related to prisons, prisoners rights and human rights; particularly research and document credible information on under-trial prisoners, for a project that aims to use right to information as a toll to gauge the scope and scale of the problem of unnecessary and prolonged detention, identify the bottlenecks in the system and push for systemic change.
  • Collect, compile and maintain data on prison issues
  • Write and edit reports, documents and policy papers on prisons.
  • Prepare research and advocacy documents related to prisoners rights for different audiences
  • Organize workshops and prepare relevant training material
  • Review and update the prison reforms web pages on the CHRI website
Develop and maintain effective networks with diverse people, including prison officials, police, government, civil society and media; and maintain a database of contacts
  • Donor reporting, implementing workshops and strategy planning will be a major focus
  • The applicant must be able to assist in developing and maintaining effective networks with a diverse range of people, including prison officials, government, civil society and the media.

The candidate must be committed to civil liberties and should have two-four years professional work experience, with strong academic qualifications in law, social sciences or other related fields. Candidates must possess exceptional and excellent research, writing and editing skills, as well as outstanding oral communication abilities in English and Hindi. Working knowledge of additional languages will be an added advantage. Knowledge or work around human rights, prisons or justice sector reform is preferred. Sound knowledge of criminal law and procedure will be an added advantage. Excellent word processing, database management, email and internet skills are essential.
The Programme Officer reports to the Programme Coordinator. This is a full time position and will require moderate travel within and out of your located city. The candidate should be a team player and should be able to deliver individually as well
The position is suitable for an energetic and creative person interested in cutting edge prison reform issues. Candidate must be adaptable and able to work effectively as a member of team in a multicultural environment.
CHRI is based in New Delhi, India, and has offices in London, UK and Accra, Ghana. CHRI is an independent, non-partisan, non-government organisation working for the practical realisation of human rights across the Commonwealth. Further information about CHRI and its prison reforms programme can be accessed at CHRI's website (
Type of Appointment and duration: 1-2 year fixed term contract with a 6 months probation period.
Salary: Consolidated salary of INR.15000-  17000/- PM depends on the experience
Programme  Officer – Right to Information Programme (South Asia)
Job Description
Responsibilities include researching, drafting and editing of publications on Right to Information; networking with CHRI’s partners; moderating and popularizing CHRI’s email discussion group SARTIAN; publishing well researched articles both in print and electronic media; conducting project-related correspondence; maintaining project documentation, preparing progress reports for funders and other similar project-related work in general.
Essential Qualifications
  • Postgraduate degree in law or social sciences.
  • Competent research and analytical skills.
  • High proficiency in English (both verbal and written skills). Knowledge of any one of the following languages: Singhalese, Urdu, Dhivehi or Bangla.
  • Proven ability to work with a high degree of initiative and creativity under minimal guidance.
  • Excellent computer skills, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point, Emails and Internet research.
  • Knowledge of moderating email discussion groups.
  • Strong sense of commitment to work.
Additional Qualifications
  • 2-3 years of working experience on Right to Information.
  • Previous experience of working in a multi-cultural office environment.
Compensation: Consolidated salary of INR.15000-  17000/- PM depends on the experience
Type of Employment: CONTRACTUAL (renewable)

 Interested candidates are required to send the following documents to CHRI:
1.        Cover letter mentioning possible date of joining and period;
2.        Latest Curriculum Vitae;
3.        Original writing sample of not more than 2 pages; and
4.        Two contactable references.

Please send applications to and  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further queries, please contact:
Devi Prasad Patel (7th Semester) – 9990234904
Depinder Bedi (7th Semester) - 9811676728

Posted by Adhish Sharma 

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