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JOB POST: Senior Research Associates @ Centre For Social Justice: Apply by March 31


Centre for Social Justice invites applications for the post of Senior Research Associate in its Research and Capacity Building Unit

Research and Capacity Building Unit

CSJ’s Research and Capacity Building (RaCB) Unit is anchored by the Executive Director, who will be supported by Senior Research Associates (SRAs).

A team of Research Associates (RAs) drawn from CSJ’s Young Professional Programme for Legal Empowerment (YPPLE) will report directly to the SRAs.

RaCB Unit works with the following objectives of:

  • facilitating implementation of laws and of entitlements under various governmental schemes and programmes;
  • influencing laws and policies so that they share an organic relationship with the communities they are aimed at, by facilitating action research from the grassroots;
  • building capacities of all stakeholders in the Access to Justice framework including the communities, the civil society and the agencies of the State, by enabling understanding of rights, entitlements and functioning of legal systems;
  • making knowledge more accessible, both in its creation and its reach, and giving visibility to the work carried out in CSJ’s field units.

Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Research Associates will be full time consultants based in Ahmedabad but may have to spend up to two or three weeks in the Centre’s field areas, every month.

As an SRA, individuals will be expected to:

  • Guide the Centre’s team of YPPLEs who are placed in the RaCB Unit as Research Associates (RAs), helping them evolve in the area of legal research and empowerment;
  • Design CSJ’s action-research interventions and provide methodological inputs to the research conducted by RAs;
  • Supervise data collection on the field, carry out analysis and make policy interventions on behalf of CSJ by authoring briefs, research reports and court petitions as well as academic and non-academic publications;
  • Assess and cater to CSJ’s internal capacity building needs, design its external capacity building programmes, carry out trainings and develop training materials;
  • Help CSJ evolve a vulnerability and Access to Justice framework;
  • Have their own capacities built by being sent for workshops outside the organisation;
  • Bring in creative approaches and perspectives to the existing work;

 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in law (candidates with additional academic qualification in relevant areas will be preferred);
  • A minimum of 3 years of PQE in the field of human rights, in particular, human rights research and practice, or a minimum of 3 years of PQE in other areas of research but with a demonstrable interest in and understanding of the Constitution, human rights, laws related to these rights;
  • The willingness to travel to and spend half of every month in CSJ’s field areas, a good understanding of field research methodologies and writing skills are essential;
  • A strong commitment to constitutional values, including those of social justice, liberty, equality that embodies anti-subordination principle and secularism.

CSJ is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a plural workspace and hence, encourages women, persons from dalit, adivasi, tribal, religious minority, LGBTQ and other marginalised communities to apply.

Younger research professionals as well as fresh graduates with an interest in human rights are encouraged to apply to CSJ’s Young Professionals Programme for Legal Empowerment (YPPLE) which is also parallely inviting applications.

Period and Remuneration

The position of SRA is full time and for a minimum period of two years, subject to the terms of the contract. The remuneration offered will be competetive within the sector and be based on relevant qualification and experience.

Application Process

Interested candidates are required to send their complete applications to [email protected] with the subject line “Application for Senior Research Associate”. The application must accompany:

  1. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae;
  2. A brief statement of purpose (not more than 500 words);
  3. Contact details of two referees who may be contacted to provide references;
  4. A writing sample that demonstrates an interest in and understanding of human rights, whether published or unpublished (kindly note that the sample will be checked for plagiarism).

The shortlisted candidates may be called for interviews but CSJ will not, in ordinary circumstances be able to bear the travel cost but can take care of their accomodation during the process. All queries should be directed to [email protected].

Important Dates:

Last date of applications is 31st March, 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be responded to by 7th April, 2017.

Interviews will likely be conducted in the second half of April.



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