The position of research and advocacy officer requires a candidate with at least 3-4 years of experience in the area of women's rights and law to undertake research and to translate the research into advocacy agenda for policy reform. Thematic familiarity with debates relating to sexuality and violence against women is necessary. Familiarity with relevant developments in human rights law, particularly the CEDAW, will be desirable.
ABOUT THE ORGANISATION
Partners for Law in Development (PLD) - is a legal resource group working in the fields of social justice and women's rights in India. Founded in 1998, the organization locates women's rights as integral component of social justice, engaging with it in contexts of sexuality, culture, caste, conflict and development. We promote implementation of rights through - capacity development, advocacy and production of knowledge. We work in partnerships with community and state level organisations, national and regional organisations, donors and UN agencies as well as the government. Our work involves engagement with grassroots constituencies, the women's movement debates and human rights standards. For more information on the organization, visit www.pldindia.org and www.cedawsouthasia.org
The candidate must have a demonstrated experience of research and writing in the area of women's rights. Key qualifications include:
A law degree with at least 3 years of work experience in India in relation to women's rights.
An advanced qualification in law or relevant social sciences is desirable.
Knowledge of human rights issues, feminist debates and contemporary campaigns in India.
Excellent research and writing skills. A record of undertaking research and writing of papers, reports, presentations.
Good written and oral communication skills in English and Hindi.
Ability to write simply as part of outreach and advocacy, while also skilled at serious research based writing.
Capacity to work in and to initiate consultative work processes.
A willingness to make a two year commitment to the organization.
JOB PROFILE/ RESPONSIBILITIES
The candidate will undertake research, status papers, submissions for monitoring and advocacy purposes. The job requires commenting on judgments and law reform proposals, presenting opinions/ critiques of legal developments from a feminist and human rights standpoints on behalf of PLD. It will require simple and complex writing styles to communicate with diverse stakeholders. The candidate will have to support organizational and programme work as necessary, prepare reports, and engage with other dimensions of PLDs work.
Salary and benefits are comparable to the non-profit sector; and commensurate with experience and internal equity.
HOW TO APPLY
The applicant should send a CV, a statement of interest [no more than two pages] stating what the applicant brings to the position. The application must be accompanied by one sample of written work on the areas of human rights or women's rights, and two references, one of whom is from the last 3 years of work.
Only applications with the required attachments will be considered complete. It can be sent by e-mail or post to: