Opportunities at Centre for Law and Policy Research

The Organisation:

Centre for Law and Policy Research (“CLPR”) is a not-for-profit trust based in Bengaluru. We are a team of young researchers and lawyers who are engaged with research into law, development of policy, advancing public interest in the constitution and the Supreme Court and in strategic impact litigation. Please visit our website to learn more information about us and the work we do please visit our website. For more information on our-ongoing projects visit the CADIndia and SCObserver websites.

If interested in the positions listed below please email your CV and cover letter to reachout@clpr.org.in by 21st January 2018. Please put the role that you are applying for in the subject line of the email. For more information about the role or the organisation reach out to indu.krishnaswamy@clpr.org.in.


The Project:

Centre for Law and Policy Research is excited to announce the launch of a 3-year project that is focused on “Tackling Caste Discrimination Effectively”. In this project we will investigate the roadblocks and discrimination faced by persons on account of caste and other intersections of gender, gender identity and disability. The goal of the project is to improve the implementation of caste discrimination laws and address how they impact women, transgender persons and persons with disability. The Project is focused on the 4 states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. We are looking to a build a team that is representative of the people we will be working with in this project and are actively looking for persons of different abilities and from diverse backgrounds.

1) Communications Director

The Communications Director role is crucial to creating awareness of the issues tackled by this project in the legal, academic and public domains. The mandate for this role is to set, guide and execute a comprehensive and cohesive strategy for creating the website, communications, and marketing collateral required for/by this project. Well-crafted proposals on how to create and utilize owned, paid and earned media and clearly defined metrics to regularly measure reach and engagement are the primary responsibilities of this role. Key to the public relations efforts around this project is the design, development, deployment and maintenance of a website. This portal shall be the principal gateway through which the output, changes and benefits generated by the project shall be communicated and as such it is vital that the content on this site be relevant, thought-provoking and up to date.

During the course of the project the teams involved will publish documents (study report, policy briefs, position papers, op-eds, articles, draft bill), conduct events (workshops, training sessions, university classes, consultations, interviews, press conferences, seminars, etc), arrange 1-on-1 and group meetings (with legislators, MPs, leaders in the area of social change, heads of CSOs, academicians, judges, etc) and launch outreach programs (classes at universities, setup groups within the legal profession to continue support for the disenfranchised communities, create networks among CSOs to enable self-supporting and informed grass roots movements). The Communications Director shall work with the teams, Project Director, and Operations Director to frame the messages, provide design input for the collateral, and define and execute the communication plans that are to be used before, during and after these interaction points. In addition, key goals and target metrics to measure the success of these efforts shall have to be defined, tracked and recorded.

Skills, Experience and Qualities:

  • Looking for an individual who is motivated to work with a non-profit organization that is affecting social change through research, education, legislation, litigation and direct intervention.
  • Position is located in Bengaluru. Should be willing to relocate (if required).
  • Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications preferred. Applicants with degrees in other subjects but with relevant experience shall also be considered.
  • At least 2 years of experience developing and executing communication campaigns for projects with a diverse target audience required. Experience at a non-profit organization and/or legal firm preferred.
  • Experience working with a range of internal teams (lawyers, researchers, finance, operations) and with vendors (design, website development, printers) is a plus.
  • Ability to direct creation of targeted messages to individuals and small groups, broader missives to larger groups, and general communication collateral like newsletters, articles for the website, etc. is required.
  • Should be an expert at defining, deploying and measuring the impact of multi-phase social media campaigns that target phase-specific audience but maintain overall project message.
  • Should be skilled at expanding reach over online and offline channels. In particular should be accomplished with increasing exposure through print media, project website, academic publications, compatible digital sites and social media.
  • Should have experience scheduling, organizing and conducting public relations related events like press conferences, panel discussions and interviews as well as promoting other events like conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.
  • Experience developing content, editing third-party generated content, and identifying distribution channels for audio/video communication vehicles such as podcasts and video blogs is desirable.


2) Project Co-ordinator (4 positions)

One of the integral roles in the project is that of the Project Co-ordinator, who will work closely with the Project Director and Operations Director and be responsible for conducting on-the-ground research on the discrimination faced by people and communities. Both secondary research (reviewing published studies) and primary research (through surveys and one-on-one interviews) shall be conducted. The coordinator shall be responsible for the development, design and distribution of a survey as well as identifying and working with the recipients of the survey.

Besides the surveys the coordinator shall organize and conduct one-on-one interviews with experts, organizers and leaders in the field and write reports. The coordinator will also be engaged in research, writing policy briefs, drafting legislation, interacting with government officials, NGOs and community organisations, lawyers and the judiciary. The Co-ordinator will also be expected to organize and conduct workshops with these various groups.

Skills, Experience and Qualities:

  • Self-motivated individual with a deep interest in addressing social change through research and legislation. Should be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Should a Master’s degree in the humanities from a reputed university. A law degree is preferred.
  • Should have at least 2-3 years of prior experience in working on issues of caste, gender, gender identity or disability discrimination
  • Must be fluent in at least one of the following languages: Malayalam, Kannada, Telegu, Tamil.
  • This position is based in Bengaluru and requires travelling for 75% of the week. Should be willing to relocate to Bengaluru (if required).
  • Should have strong inter-personal and communication skills and be able to quickly establish working relationships with disenfranchised individuals and communities, lawyers and legal firms, government officials and departments (legislators, members of parliament, judges) and non-governmental organizations.
  • Strong written skills required including the ability to write policy briefs and research reports. Experience designing surveys is a plus.
  • Should possess the analytical skills to analyze qualitative and quantitative content and develop recommendations connected with the objectives of the project.
  • Experience in working with organizations involved with grass-roots social change would be preferred.
  • Experience organizing events – consultations, seminars, conferences, press briefings, class lectures – is highly desirable




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