Join our team!

Team HRF comprises of seven women and three men with complementary skills, six of whom are based in Chennai, two in New Delhi and one each in Nagapattinam and Bangalore. Our Managing trustee-cum-director, deputy director, senior coordinator and all three coordinators are women.

Our mandate, the work we do, and the locations we work in, require the team to have diverse skills, empathy with the poor, a human rights perspective and the ability to work in stressful conditions. HRF commits to nurturing its staff and will provide opportunity to acquire new skills.

Our team is dedicated, smart-working and professional, despite our salaries being lower than most, frequently working up to 12 hours a day, sometimes seven days a week, multi-tasking under tight deadlines and no known ‘benefits’. Even for a sector notorious for low pay, long hours, and high stress, HRF is an outlier in all three parameters. A sense of humour and a lighter take on life helps.

Most of our work is designed to be online, including team meetings, training sessions, and national and international programmes. All team members work from home, and come to the office only if unavoidable, depending on the government advisories and permissions due to the medical emergency. 

Coordinators typically have 8+ years of experience and Associate Coordinators have 3+ years of experience. Freshers can apply for paid internships for up to a year, which can be extended on mutual agreement.

There are always openings in HRF, and we look forward to welcoming new team members. If you don’t find a suitable position below, but would like to join us, do write to contact@hrf.net.in.  We can explore possibilities together.

Knowing all this, if you are still interested in contributing to the defence and progress of human rights and want to join our team, welcome! 

We reply to emails within a week.

Present opportunities in Tamil Nadu (Open until filled)

All positions are ‘work from home’ until the all clear is given by the appropriate authorities. Asynchronous remote working is the norm.

Coordinator (Programmes): This is a middle to senior level position, and involves about two weeks in the field per month (depending on government advisories, till then work from home). The key tasks are proposal and report writing, managing research including identifying researchers and supervising them, completing and final approval of research, and oversee allied support tasks such as translation, editing, printing the reports and organising national, state and sub-state level dissemination events. Knowledge of written and spoken Tamil and English is an essential requirement. Knowledge of computer office applications, especially word processing, is desirable.

Each coordinator will work on a specific domain and assist in others. Prior knowledge and experience in the particular themes is desirable.

The thematic areas are
a) Local government (Panchayat Raj).
b) Social justice (Monitoring implementation of SCs and STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act)
c) Coastal and environmental justice
d) Social media
Reports to: Sr Coordinator (Programmes)

Coordinator (documentation and research): This is a middle to senior level position, and involves about a week in the field per month. The key tasks are proposal and report writing, managing research including identifying researchers and supervising them, completing and final approval of research, and oversee allied support tasks such as translation, editing, printing the reports and organising national, state and sub-state level dissemination events. Knowledge of written and spoken Tamil and English is an essential requirement. Knowledge of computer office applications, especially word processing, data management, and website content management is desirable.
Reports to: Sr Coordinator (Programmes)

Associate Coordinator (documentation and research): This is an entry to middle level position, and involves about a week in the field per month. The key tasks are report writing, field research, online data collection, trend analysis, and allied support tasks such as translation, editing, and organising programmes. Knowledge of written and spoken Tamil and English is an essential requirement. Computer skills will be an advantage.
Reports to: Coordinator (Programmes)

Associate Coordinator (programmes and social media): These are entry to middle level positions, and involves about a week in the field per month. The key tasks are report writing, online data management and organisational online profile including the website, social media handles and information collection, trend analysis, and allied support tasks such as translation, editing, and organising programmes. Knowledge of written and spoken Tamil and English is an essential requirement. Computer skills are essential. Programme management expertise will be an advantage.
Reports to: Coordinator (Programmes)

Associate Coordinator (administration and finance): This is an entry to middle level position, and involves about a week in the field per month. The key tasks are finance and programme administration (both office and field) allied support tasks such as organising programmes and vendor management. Knowledge of written and spoken Tamil and English is an essential requirement. Knowledge of accounting and management software will be an advantage.
Reports to: Coordinator (Administration and Finance)

Important information

  1. Email your application with a covering letter to contact@hrf.net.in mentioning the position you are applying for in the subject line. Please include your latest CV and expected salary.
  2. The selection process normally includes an interview and a written test (or writing sample) of the level expected in the position applied for (unless it is a field position).
  3. During the three month probation either side can opt out with written intimation without a notice period.
  4. We practice zero tolerance towards any form of discrimination, abuse or violence.