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 Coordinator, Prison Reforms Programme
 Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

 Location: New Delhi
 Last Date: July 15, 2010
 Email: (Reference:


 Coordinator, Prison Reforms Programme

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is currently recruiting a Coordinator to manage 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 has worked in India for the past 13 years. The 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
The Coordinator will be required to lead a small team and engage in evidence based advocacy to promote prison reforms in India by undertaking monitoring and research on prisons with a particular focus on pre-trial detention, human rights issues, discrimination and bias, collecting, compiling and maintaining data on policing, accountable governance and human rights issues.
Writing and publishing research and advocacy documents; project documentation and donor reporting; and assisting with organising and delivering workshops will be a major focus of the programme. The applicant must be in a position to deal with management activities, such as overseeing programme operations, including planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and reporting. S/he must also be able to assist in fund-raising; writing proposals, identifying and liaising with potential foundations, individuals, governments, and multilateral agencies. The position will require the successful applicant to represent CHRI at senior levels, including liaisoning with donors, sponsoring organisations and CHRI’s governance bodies, and governments. The applicant must, in addition, be able to develop and maintain effective networks with a diverse range of people, including prison officers, lawyers, government, civil society and the media.

The applicant must be committed to civil liberties and should have five to seven years professional work experience, with strong academic qualifications in law, social sciences or other related fields. The applicant must be able to demonstrate a proven ability to work independently, with a high degree of initiative and creativity, and a strong capacity to think strategically. S/he 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 definitely be an added advantage. Experience in managing a small team would be an asset, as will be a knowledge or work around human rights, prisons or justice sector reform. Sound knowledge of criminal law and procedure will be an added advantage. Excellent computer skills, including word processing, email and internet are essential.

The position is suitable for an energetic, enthusiastic and creative person interested in being based at a dynamic organisation working at the cutting edge of prison issues. Applicant 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. The role is based in CHRI's New Delhi office. 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 Employment: CONTRACTUAL (renewable)
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with education, experience and salary history.

All applications must include:
1. Cover letter mentioning current and expected salary and earliest possible date of joining;
2. Latest Curriculum Vitae;
3. Original writing sample of not more than 4 pages; and
4. Two contactable references.

Please send your applications to latest by 15th July 2010. All applicants are advised to visit CHRI's website ( to understand the nature of our work before applying.

The above position will be based in CHRI Headquarter, New Delhi and the candidates are expected to do work-related traveling to different destinations when required.
NOTE: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.


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