Join our team

If you are interested in contributing to the defence and progress of human rights and want to join our team, welcome! 

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.

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  permissions due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Once restrictions are lifted, all positions require travel of upto 50% intra-state travel. Senior positions will include upto 25% national and international travel.

Knowledge of Tamil (native level fluency in reading, writing, and speaking) is essential for all positions. A working knowledge of English is desirable. Basic knowledge of Bangla, Chhattisgarhi, Odia, Urdu, and tribal languages would be a bonus.


Coordinators typically have 8+ years of experience  
Associate Coordinators have 3+ years of experience. 
Associates have up to three years of experience.


The CTC ranges from Rs 180,000 to 600,000 (annual). 
Freshers can apply for paid internships for up to a year, which can be extended on mutual agreement.

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, often longer for campaigns (such as the annual international campaign against gender based violence) 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.

Open positions
HRF strives to foster an inclusive and diverse team and workspace, with a focus on historically underserved and under-represented communities. We do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, colour, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in programmes or activities.

There are always opportunities in HRF, and we look forward to welcoming new team members. If you don’t find what you are looking for below but would like to join us, do write to  We can explore possibilities together.

1. Programme Coordinator
2. Associate coordinator (finance and accounts)
3. Associate coordinator (programmes) (3)
4. Programme associate (3)
5. Administrative assistant

We reply to emails within a week.

If you don’t hear from us, it means that you have not provided the information requested below.

Important information

Please note the following when sending in your application:

  1. Email your application with a covering letter to mentioning the position you are applying for in the subject line. Please include your latest CV, two references, expected salary, and how soon you can join. Do mention if there are any special dietary, allergies, or accessibility requirements especially during travel.
  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. A relieving order from the previous employer is required.
  4. All appointments are subject to a probation period of up to six months. The probation period is a sort of ‘look in’ period on both sides, to best fit the person and responsibilities. It could mean anything from flexitime to thematic specialisation, or full time, part time, or short term, fixed term, or long term contractual appointment, or even reappraising career goals.
  5. During the probation period, either side can opt out with written intimation without a notice period.
  6. HRF and its programmes are safe spaces. We practice zero tolerance towards any form of discrimination, abuse, or violence.

Intern with us

HRF values the contributions of students when they undertake assignments with us as a part of their course curriculum. Each year we host between five to ten students.

Internships in HRF range from four to eight weeks and six to twelve months so that there can be substantial engagement with the issues. Selection will include an interview, choice of subject and a writing sample. A letter from the institute is necessary.

Each student is assigned a mentor for the duration. Students can choose to do research, field work or a combination of both. Student assignments can be on any thematic or technical area that we work on.

Fieldwork will depend on feasibility and government regulations.

Certificates are awarded on successful completion.

Those with special needs are required to inform us in advance so that we can make suitable arrangements. They are encouraged to visit our office to assess suitability.

Interested students may write to with the choice of subject for the assignment, preferred dates and latest CV, at least three months before their preferred dates. We will reply within two weeks.

Contact Us


Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation (HRF)

No.6, Balaji Nagar,
2nd Main Road,
Ekkuttuthangal, Chennai
Tamil Nadu – 600 032, India