Call for Applications – Office Administrator

CALL FOR OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi (CCG at NLUD), invites applications for the post of Office Administrator.

Role

CCG is a young, continuously evolving organization and the Office Administrator is expected to be an active participant in building a collaborative and merit-based institution. The Centre administrator will be expected to handle all the administrative work of the Centre, including but not limited to:

  • Filing organizational documents, records and reports according to established procedures
  • Obtaining necessary signatures or approvals of relevant administrative authorities
  • Preparing bills/invoices for payment
  • Collecting receipts for reimbursement and processing payments
  • Maintaining records related to the Centre’s grants
  • Processing financial requisitions by members of the Centre
  • Processing all payments to be made out of the Centre’s account including salaries to members of the Centre
  • Making travel, meeting, and other arrangements for staff
  • Assisting in organizing events
  • Organizing and maintaining the schedule of the Executive Director and other senior staff
  • Answering general phone inquiries in a professional and courteous manner and directing calls to appropriate staff members
  • Replying to general information queries on the CCG email ID with accurate information
  • Forwarding incoming general e-mails, faxes etc. to the appropriate staff member
  • Calendar management for office to coordinate work flow and meetings
  • Updating and ensuring the accuracy of the organization’s databases
  • Backing up files on the office computer(s)
  • Assisting with recruitment including scheduling interviews etc.
  • Liaising with other agencies, organizations and groups, and maintaining excellent professional relationships externally.
  • Undertaking of general office duties; such as dealing with post, faxes and internal and external e-mail enquiries; drafting and sending standard letters on behalf of the Centre; photocopying and collating papers and mailings; arranging for documents to be printed/bulk printing arrangements; monitoring stocks of basic items, for example stationery, paper, toner etc; ordering stationery, periodicals, books, equipment and other items
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and other senior staff of the Centre

The position will be based out of the Centre’s offices at the National Law University, Delhi.

Qualifications & Remuneration

  • Calendar management
  • Experience scheduling travel arrangements
  • Proficiency with standard office software such as Excel and Word
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail and resourcefulness

The administrator will be paid a consolidated amount ranging between Rs. 25,000 – 40,000 per month based on skills and experience.

Procedure for Application

Interested applicants are required to send the following information and materials by January 27, 2018 to ccgcareers@nludelhi.ac.in, with a copy marked to shuchita.thapar@nludelhi.ac.in. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, and this position is to be filled urgently. Candidates must be available to join work no later than 1 March 2018.

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact details for one professional referee. Referees must be informed that they might be contacted for an oral reference or a brief written reference.

About the Centre

CCG is a research centre within National Law University, Delhi, and is the first of its kind in India. Over the course of five years, CCG has established itself as a leading, credible organization for research in the field of information law and policy and its intersection with human rights and civil liberties. We engage regularly with government ministries such as the Ministry of Law & Justice, and the Ministry of Communications & IT, and work actively to provide the executive and judiciary with useful research in the course of their decision making on issues relating to civil liberties and technology.

 

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About the Centre for Communication Governance

The Centre for Communication Governance is the only academic research centre dedicated to working on the information law and policy in India and in a short span of four years has become a leading centre on information policy in Asia. It seeks to embed human rights and good governance within communication policy and protect digital rights in India through rigorous academic research and capacity building.

The Centre routinely works with a range of international academic institutions and policy organizations. These include the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, Hans Bredow Institute at the University of Hamburg and the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers. We engage regularly with government institutions and ministries such as the Law Commission of India, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Law & Justice and the International Telecommunications Union. We work actively to provide the executive and judiciary with useful research in the course of their decision making on issues relating to civil liberties and technology.

CCG has also constituted two advisory boards, a faculty board within the University and one consisting of academic members of our international networks. These boards will oversee the functioning of the Centre and provide high level inputs on the work undertaken by CCG from time to time.

About Our Work

The work at CCG is designed to build competence and raise the quality of discourse in research and policy around issues concerning civil liberties and the Internet, cybersecurity and global Internet governance. The research and policy output is intended to catalyze effective, research-led policy making and informed public debate around issues in technology and Internet governance.

The work at CCG is primarily divided amongst two teams – the civil liberties team and the cybersecurity team.

The work of our civil liberties team covers freedom of speech & expression; access, markets and public interest; and privacy, surveillance & big data. Our work in the cybersecurity team aims to build a better understanding of cybersecurity issues in a
manner that balances legitimate security interests with human rights concerns.  Research spans the international laws applicable to cyber conflict, as well as questions relating to domestic and cross border cyber crime investigation, adjudication, and policy.

About our People

Our team has expanded over the past year, and includes the following:

Aditya Singh Chawla – Analyst, Civil Liberties

Arpita Biswas – Programme Officer, Civil Liberties

Chinmayi Arun – Executive Director

Chitra Laxman – Senior Administrator

Elizabeth Dominic – Programme Officer, Cybersecurity

Geetha Hariharan – Programme Officer, Cybersecurity

Preeti Raghunath – Project Manager, Cybersecurity

Sarvjeet Singh Moond – Programme Manager, Civil Liberties

Shuchita Thapar – Project Manager, Cybersecurity

Smitha Krishna Prasad – Programme Manager, Civil Liberties

Suman Negi – Finance and Accounts

 

 

 

Call for Applications – Civil Liberties

Update: Deadline to apply extended to January 15, 2018! 

The Centre for Communication Governance at the National Law University Delhi (CCG) invites applications for research positions in its Civil Liberties team on a full time basis.

About the Centre

The Centre for Communication Governance is the only academic research centre dedicated to working on the information law and policy in India and in a short span of four years has become a leading centre on information policy in Asia. It seeks to embed human rights and good governance within communication policy and protect digital rights in India through rigorous academic research and capacity building.

The Centre routinely works with a range of international academic institutions and policy organizations. These include the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, Hans Bredow Institute at the University of Hamburg and the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers. We engage regularly with government institutions and ministries such as the Law Commission of India, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Law & Justice and the International Telecommunications Union. We work actively to provide the executive and judiciary with useful research in the course of their decision making on issues relating to civil liberties and technology.

CCG has also constituted two advisory boards, a faculty board within the University and one consisting of academic members of our international networks. These boards will oversee the functioning of the Centre and provide high level inputs on the work undertaken by CCG from time to time.

About Our Work

The work at CCG is designed to build competence and raise the quality of discourse in research and policy around issues concerning civil liberties and the Internet, cybersecurity and global Internet governance. The research and policy output is intended to catalyze effective, research-led policy making and informed public debate around issues in technology and Internet governance.

The work of our civil liberties team covers the following broad areas:

  1. Freedom of Speech & Expression: Research in this area focuses on human rights and civil liberties in the context of the Internet and emerging communication technology in India. Research on this track squarely addresses the research gaps around the architecture of the Internet and its impact on free expression.
  2. Access, Markets and Public Interest: The research under this area will consider questions of access, including how the human right to free speech could help to guarantee access to the Internet. It would identify areas where competition law would need to intervene to ensure free, fair and human rights-compatible access to the Internet, and opportunities to communicate using online services. Work in this area will consider how existing competition and consumer protection law could be applied to ensure that freedom of expression in new media, and particularly the internet, is protected given market realities on the supply side. We will under this track put out material regarding the net neutrality concerns that are closely associated to the competition, innovation, media diversity and protection of human rights especially rights to free expression and the right to receive information and particularly to substantive equality across media. It will also engage with existing theories of media pluralism in this context.
  3. Privacy, Surveillance & Big Data: Research in this area focuses on surveillance as well as data protection practices, laws and policies. The work may be directed either at the normative questions that arise in the context of surveillance or data protection, or at empirical work, including data gathering and analysis, with a view to enabling policy and law makers to better understand the pragmatic concerns in developing realistic and effective privacy frameworks. This work area extends to the right to be forgotten and data localization.

Role

CCG is a young and continuously evolving organization and the members of the centre are expected to be active participants in building a collaborative, merit led institution and a lasting community of highly motivated young researchers.

Selected applicants will ordinarily be expected to design and produce units of publishable research with Director(s)/ senior staff members. They will also be recommending and assisting with designing and executing policy positions and external actions on a broad range of information policy issues.

Equally, they will also be expected to participate in other work, including writing opinion pieces, blog posts, press releases, memoranda, and help with outreach. The selected applicants will also represent CCG in the media and at other events, roundtables, and conferences and before relevant governmental, and other bodies. In addition, they will have organizational responsibilities such as providing inputs for grant applications, networking and designing and executing Centre events.

Qualifications

The Centre welcomes applications from candidates with advanced degrees in law, public policy and international relations.

  • All candidates must preferably be able to provide evidence of an interest in human rights / technology law and / or policy / Internet governance/ national security law as well. In addition, they must have a demonstrable capacity for high-quality, independent work.
  • In addition to written work, a project/ programme manager within CCG will be expected to play a significant leadership role. This ranges from proactive agenda-setting to administrative and team-building responsibilities.
  • Successful candidates for the project / programme manager position should show great initiative in managing both their own and their team’s workloads. They will also be expected to lead and motivate their team through high stress periods and in responding to pressing policy questions.

However, the length of your resume is less important than the other qualities we are looking for. As a young, rapidly-expanding organization, CCG anticipates that all members of the Centre will have to manage large burdens of substantive as well as administrative work in addition to research. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a deep commitment to building information policy that supports and enables human rights and democracy.

At CCG, we aim very high and we demand a lot of each other in the workplace. We take great pride in high-quality outputs and value individuality and perfectionism. We like to maintain the highest ethical standards in our work and workplace, and love people who manage all of this while being as kind and generous as possible to colleagues, collaborators and everyone else within our networks. A sense of humour will be most welcome. Even if you do not necessarily fit requirements mentioned in the two bulleted points but bring to us the other qualities we look for, we will love to hear from you.

[The Centre reserves the right to not fill the position(s) if it does not find suitable candidates among the applicants.]

Positions

Based on experience and qualifications, successful applicants will be placed in the following positions. Please note that our interview panel has the discretion to determine which profile would be most suitable for each applicant.

  • Programme Officer (2-4 years’ work experience)
  • Project Manager (4-6 years’ work experience)
  • Programme Manager (6-8 years’ work experience)

A Master’s degree from a highly regarded programme might count towards work experience.

CCG staff work at the Centre’s offices at National Law University Delhi’s campus. The positions on offer are for duration of one year and we expect a commitment for two years.

Remuneration

The salaries will be competitive, and will usually range from ₹50,000 to ₹1,20,000 per month, depending on multiple factors including relevant experience, the position and the larger research project under which the candidate can be accommodated.

Where candidates demonstrate exceptional competence in the opinion of the interview panel, there is a possibility for greater remuneration.

Procedure for Application

Interested applicants are required to send the following information and materials by December 30, 2017 to ccgcareers@nludelhi.ac.in.

  1. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 double spaced pages)
  2. Expression of Interest in joining CCG (maximum 500 words).
  3. Contact details for two referees (at least one academic). Referees must be informed that they might be contacted for an oral reference or a brief written reference.
  4. One academic writing sample of between 1000 and 1200 words (essay or extract, published or unpublished).

Shortlisted applicants may be called for an interview.

 

Call for Research Fellowships

CENTRE FOR COMMUNICATION GOVERNANCE AT NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITY, DELHI

CALL FOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

The Centre for Communication Governance at the National Law University, Delhi (CCG) invites applications for its Fellowship Programme for 2015-2017.

About the Centre

CCG is a research centre within National Law University, Delhi, and is the first of its kind in India. Over the course of two years, CCG has established itself as a leading, credible organization for research in the field of information law and policy. The Centre routinely works with a range of academic institutions and policy organizations. These include the Berkman Center at Harvard University, the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford, the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University, Freedom House, the Internet & Jurisdiction Project, the Media Legal Defence Initiative and the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers. We engage regularly with government ministries such as the Ministry of Law & Justice, and the Ministry of Communications & IT, and work actively to provide the executive and judiciary with useful in the course of their decision making on issues relating to civil liberties and technology. 

About the Fellowships

The CCG Fellowship is a highly competitive research programme designed to build competence and raise the quality of discourse in research and policy around issues concerning civil liberties and the Internet in India. Fellowship output is intended to catalyze effective, research-led policy making and informed public debate around issues in civil liberties and technology and Internet governance. The Fellowship covers the following broad areas:

  1. Civil Liberties: Research in this area will be expected to engage with questions concerning development of the human rights and civil liberties discourse in the context of the Internet and emerging communication technology in India. While we would welcome research questions relating to the impact of any of the fundamental rights in Part III of the Indian Constitution, we are particularly interested in work relating to law criminalizing speech from a doctrinal and empirical perspective. Research on this track will squarely address the research gap around the architecture of the Internet and its impact on free expression. An overarching focus of this fellowship will be be on studying the manner in which the public sphere is constructed online.
  2. Privacy, Surveillance & Big Data: Research in this area will be expected to consider questions concerning the treatment of personal data by large public and private data collectors and processors. Fellows could undertake research concerning surveillance as well as data protection practices, laws and policies. Their work may be directed either at the normative questions that arise in the context of surveillance or data protection, or at empirical work, including data gathering and analysis, with a view to enabling policy and law makers to better understand the pragmatic concerns in developing realistic and effective privacy frameworks. The scope of this fellowship can also include the debate around the right to be forgotten and data localization, and the manner in which standards for encryption that effectively balance between privacy and security concerns, should be conceived. In the context of the business process outsourcing industry, research under this fellowship can also consider international trade law concerns, particularly the manner in which flows of data and online services are treated as they flow across borders.
  3. Internet Governance: Fellowships in this area will be expected to contribute to creating competence in Internet governance in India across the various global fora in which these issues are being deliberated. Fellows will be expected to collect and analyze historical and current information concerning the interests and positions of nations from the Global South generally, and India in particular, and provide context and analysis in real time to Indian stakeholders, including the government.
  4. International Law: There is at present only a very limited understanding of issues around cyber conflict. Research in this area will analyse how existing principles in public international law including the laws of war would apply to cyber warfare and cyber conflict. It will investigate how far an analogy to conventional warfare and armed conflict is sustainable and whether (and, if yes, how far) the international law binding India on these issues would be relevant online.
  5. Markets and Public Interest: The research under this area will consider questions of access, including how the human right to free speech could help to guarantee access to the Internet. It would identify areas where competition law would need to intervene to ensure free, fair and human rights-compatible access to the Internet, and opportunities to communicate using online services. Work in this area will consider how existing competition and consumer protection law could be applied to ensure that freedom of expression in new media, and particularly the internet, is protected given market realities on the supply side. The fellowship will also put out material regarding the net neutrality concerns that are closely associated to the competition, innovation media diversity and protection of human rights especially rights to free expression and the right to receive information and particularly to substantive equality across media

The Fellowship will be based out of the Centre’s offices at the National Law University, Delhi. It will ordinarily run full time for a duration of one to two years.

Role

CCG is a new, continuously evolving organisation and Fellows are expected to be active participants in building a collaborative, merit-led institution and a lasting community of highly motivated researchers. All Fellows will be expected to maintain the highest ethical standards in their work, and contribute to the institution’s growth and development.

Fellows will ordinarily be expected to design and produce a few completed units of publishable research over the course of a 12-month period, under the supervision of the Research Director. Equally, Fellows will also be expected to participate in other work, including writing opinion pieces, policy responses, and blog posts. In addition, Fellows will have organisational responsibilities such as providing inputs for grant applications, networking and designing and executing Centre events.

Qualifications

The Centre welcomes applications from candidates with degrees in law, public policy, management or the social sciences, generally. Candidates from other disciplines, who satisfy the remainder of the eligibility requirements, may address a brief letter of inquiry to ccg@nludelhi.ac.in in order to determine their suitability.

All candidates must be able to provide evidence of an interest in civil liberties, and preferably in technology policy as well. In addition, they must have a demonstrable capacity for high-quality, independent work.

As a young, fast-expanding organisation, CCG anticipates that all members of the Centre will have to manage large burdens of substantive as well as administrative work in addition to research. The Centre seeks highly motivated candidates with a deep commitment to research as well as to institution building.

[The Centre reserves the right not to fill the position if it does not find suitable candidates among the applicants.]

Remuneration

Applicants will be titled Fellow (entry level to two years of experience) or Senior Fellow (relevant masters degree/ two or more years of relevant experience in law and in information policy). The salaries will be competitive, and will usually range from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 75,000 per month, depending on multiple factors including the larger research project under which candidates’ proposals can be accommodated.

Where candidates demonstrate exceptional competence in the view of the Centre’s Research Director, there is a possibility for greater remuneration.

Procedure for Application

Interested applicants are required to send the following information and materials by 19th June, 2015 to the Registrar, National Law University, Delhi at registrar@nludelhi.ac.in. Applications must also be marked to ccg@nludelhi.ac.in.

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae
  2. Contact details for two referees. Referees must be informed that they might be contacted for an oral reference or a brief written reference.
  3. One academic writing sample of between 2000 and 2500 words (essay or extract, published or unpublished).
  4. Expression of Interest in joining CCG (500 words).
  5. Shortlisted applicants can be called for an interview.