South Asia Documentation and Database Officer (closes 2 October)

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Hours: 5 days per week

Location: UK or Europe, with remote working and office time

Grade: D

Salary: £32,868 full-time salary in London including London weighting, to be adjusted for the cost of living in other locations


MRG’s South Asia project has ambitious goals for its documentation work and human rights database. The Research and Documentation Officer is a newly created post that will be crucial to achieving those goals.

The postholder will help lead MRG’s South Asia documentation and monitoring work, including designing systems and protocols for data collection and management; collecting data from primary and secondary sources and producing analysis on data patterns and trends.




Data collection

  • Collect and compile secondary data through desk research
  • Coordinate with frontline partners, field research and interviews to collect primary data
  • Collaborate with frontline partners on documentation efforts
  • Identify leads and conduct targeted research to collect supplementary information


Data management and database development

  • Develop a data management protocol that considers GDPR, digital security and ethical practices
  • Label, organize and summarize materials for entry into our Uwazi database
  • Help lead the design and development of the database to serve as an early warning system on abuses against religious minorities in South Asia.

Data analysis and research

  • Design systems for monitoring and analysing data
  • Produce written and other outputs to report data patterns and trends
  • Support Legal and Advocacy Officers, to draft complaints and submissions to UN, US, UK, and EU human rights bodies, among others
  • Draft reports, bulletins and other research outputs as required.




  • Strong commitment to human rights and CJSA’s organisational values
  • Advanced degree or equivalent in Human Rights, Minority Rights, Political Science or related Social Science
  • 1-2 years’ experience in documentation or research on issues related to human rights and strong understanding of the role of civil society
  • Strong analytical, research and record keeping skills with experience of database management
  • Strong IT skills and understanding of digital and/or information security best practice
  • Ability to work sensitively and ethically with human rights defenders and survivors of human rights abuses
  • Comfortable working in a ‘start up culture’ – flexible, able to work autonomously from the start, have capacity to learn quickly, and proactive in bringing reliable ways of working to the organisation
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Good working knowledge of a South Asian language
  • Permission to live and work in the UK


  • Experience coordinating human rights documentation and research in
  • Conducting interviews with survivors of human rights abuses in South Asian context
  • Sound knowledge of the human rights context in South Asia and/or minority rights issues


How to apply

To apply, please our application form and then attach it to the form below. The application deadline is 2 October 2022. 

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