The National Law University Delhi (‘University’), through it’s Centre for Communication Governance (‘CCG’/’Centre’) is inviting applications for various research positions across both its teams on a (i) full time basis as a CCG researcher and/or managerial role, and (ii) part time (specific duration) consultant.
The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi (CCG) was established in 2013 to ensure that Indian legal education establishments engage more meaningfully with information law and policy, and to contribute to improved governance and policy making. CCG is the only academic research centre dedicated to working on information law and policy in India, and in a short span of time has become a leading institution in the region.
Through its Technology and Society team, CCG seeks to embed human rights, constitutional rights and good governance within information policy and examine the evolution of existing rights frameworks to accommodate new media and emerging technology. It seeks to protect and expand the right to freedom of speech, right to dignity and equality, right to assembly and association, and the right to privacy in the digital age, through rigorous academic research, policy intervention, and capacity building. The team’s ongoing work includes privacy and data governance/protection, surveillance, freedom of speech and expression, misinformation, regulation of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, 5G and IoT, platform regulation, and intermediary liability.
This complements the work of the Technology and National Security team at CCG that focuses on issues that arise at the intersection of technology and national security law, including surveillance, cyber security, information warfare, and the interplay of international legal norms with domestic regulation. The team’s work aims to build a better understanding of national security issues in a manner that identifies legal and policy solutions that balance the legitimate security interests and national security choices with constitutional liberties and the rule of law, in the context of technology law and policy. The team undertakes analysis of international law as well as domestic laws and policies that have implications for national security. Our goal is to develop detail-oriented, principled and pragmatic recommendations for policy makers on national security issues faced by India, with an emphasis on cyber security and cyber conflict.
The work at CCG is designed to build competence and raise the quality of discourse in research and policy around issues concerning human rights and constitutional rights in the digital age, cybersecurity and global Internet governance. The academic research and policy output is intended to catalyze effective research-led policy making and informed public debate around issues in technology, Internet governance and information law and policy.
CCG is a young, 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. If selected, you will contribute to the institution’s growth and development. You will be part of a dynamic team of young researchers, policy analysts and lawyers. Based on experience, domain understanding 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 based on their experience, domain understanding and qualifications and this is an indicative amount of experience.
(i) Analyst(s) (0-2 year’s experience)
(ii) Project Officer(s) (2+ year’s experience)
(iii) Programme Officer(s) (3+ year’s experience)
(iv) Project/Programme/Team Lead/Manager (4+ year’s experience)
A Master’s degree from a highly regarded programme might count towards work experience.
Besides this, we will be considering relevant candidates for part time consultant roles to work on various ongoing research projects at CCG for a certain period of time. Depending on the project(s) the consultant is hired to be involved in, the contract period will vary. The Consultant will research, author/ co-author, edit and review research papers, reports, policy responses, and any other publication and related work of the Centre.
Selected applicants will ordinarily be expected to design and produce units of publishable policy and academic research (reports, papers, essays, case analysis, etc.) with Senior Staff members. You will also be recommending and assisting with designing and executing policy positions, drafting analytical policy input to government institutions and external actions on a broad range of information policy issues.
Equally, you 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, you will have organizational responsibilities such as providing inputs for research/grant applications, building networks, social media and media engagement and designing and executing Centre events.
In addition to conducting and publishing academic and policy research and organisational responsibilities, as mentioned in the role description above, applicants with more experience will manage, advise and mentor younger team members. As a senior member of the team, you will help shape CCG’s strategic direction and assist and advise senior leadership on issues including policy positioning and direction, staff management and growth, organizational capacity building and structure, writing of grant proposals/fundraising, building collaborations and diversity. You will also be building and maintaining relationships with our stakeholders, including members of parliament, senior government officers, judges, senior lawyers, scholars, and journalists. We are looking for someone who is very constructive and is not only able to help our community get the most out of CCG’s work but is also able to connect people with each other, playing an enabling, generative role that encourages and supports the community’s work.
Part time consultants will work on research projects across the various domains of CCG’s research work. Selected applicants will primarily be expected to develop, undertake, edit and review research that will contribute to the Centre’s ongoing work including privacy and data protection, surveillance, freedom of speech and expression, emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, platform regulation, cyber security and national security. This is an indicative list of some of the areas CCG is currently working on, and not an exhaustive list of projects for which we are looking for consultants in. We welcome applicants with an interest in any of the areas that CCG broadly works in to apply. Depending on the project(s) the consultant is hired to be involved in, the contract period will vary. The Consultant will research, author/ co-author, edit and review research papers, reports, policy responses, and any other publication and related work of the Centre.
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 institutional work in addition to research. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a deep commitment to building policies that support and enable human rights and democracy. We are looking for people who see good research and policy designs as a way to build a better and more equitable world.
At CCG, we aim high, and we demand a lot from each other in the workplace.
We look for individuals with work-style traits that include the ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced environment, while being empathetic towards colleagues. We aim to create high-quality research outputs. It is therefore vital that you be a good team player, as well as be kind and respectful to colleagues. At the same time, you should also be self-motivated, proactive, creative as well as be capable of independently driving your research when required. 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 the requirements outlined but bring to us the other qualities we look for, we will be glad to hear from you.
The salary will be competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Where the candidate demonstrates exceptional competence in the opinion of the interview panel, there is a possibility for greater remuneration.
Interested applicants may fill the application form provided by 11:59 pm IST on August 15, 2021. Please note that applications will only be accepted via the google form. In case of any doubts, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Application for Researchers”. A complete application will require the following:
(i) Why do you wish to work with CCG?
(ii) What will be your likely contribution to our work? What do you think are the most important focus areas for the team to consider, and how do you hope to contribute to it?
(iii) What past experiences and skills optimally position you to do so?
(iv) How does working with CCG connect with your plans for the future?
Since we require applicants to upload their CV and writing sample, accessing the form requires a Google (Gmail) login. For applicants not having a Google (Gmail) account, we encourage them to create an account, following the quick and simple steps here.
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