Centre for Internet & Society

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is seeking applications for the position of Programme Officer, for research on intellectual property rights and access to knowledge. The position is full time and will be based in CIS’ Delhi office.


To support and drive new research initiatives of the work done by the IP team, the Programme Officer will be primarily responsible for the following tasks –

  • Planning and developing research in the subject areas (including, but not limited to) of access to knowledge, international trade and IP treaties, intermediary liability, limitations and exceptions in copyright law, software patents, licensing of SEPs;
  • Participating in strategic meetings organised by stakeholders;
  • Locating opportunities and building research partnerships with stakeholders contributing to current and emerging issues;
  • Contributing to current debates in the relevant research areas.

Core Competencies

  • Awareness of issues at intersection of Intellectual Property law and emerging tech
  • Critical appreciation of open knowledge initiatives
  • Effective communication and collaboration
  • Intellectual curiosity and openness
  • Respect for diversity

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to learn-at-work, especially about the IP-Access to Knowledge and tech ecosystem
  • Highly organised, motivated, and able to take initiative;
  • Ability to produce high quality writing outputs regularly
  • Able to travel for domestic and international engagements

Required Skills and Experience

  • A degree in law (at a minimum)
  • Publications to demonstrate good writing and analytical capabilities
  • Excellent communication skills

Location and Remuneration

This position is based out of the Delhi Office of CIS.

Monthly remuneration for the position will be INR 50,000 (including taxes).

Application Process

We invite interested (and eligible) candidates to apply for the position by sending the following documents to [email protected] and copy [email protected], with “Application for Programme Officer (IP)” as the subject.

  1. Cover letter: This should introduce your relevant academic, professional, and other experiences, and describe the kind of work you look forward to do as part of the IP team. We strongly recommend reading CIS’ outputs under this vertical while writing this letter.
  2. CV: This should provide details of your academic, professional, and other achievements.
  3. Work Samples: The position will require you to produce high quality writing outputs regularly. Please share two samples of your writing (published or unpublished). At least one sample should demonstrate an in-depth understanding of intellectual property law.

Interested candidates are invited to send their applications at the earliest - latest by Sunday, March 31st. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the CIS team. If needed, there will be multiple rounds of interviews. We will take the final hiring decision by early April, and invite the selected person to join us from May 1st, 2019.

Please do not hesitate to write to us at [email protected] for any clarification regarding this.

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