Project Director (Restorative Justice)

Counsel to Secure Justice (“CSJ”) is a non-profit organization in Delhi, India that aspires for people impacted by sexual abuse and other forms of violence in India to have access to justice systems that repair harm, empower the vulnerable and reconcile broken relationships, keeping each survivor’s needs central to the process.

CSJ provides legal and psychosocial support during criminal proceedings to children who have been sexually harmed.  Long term, we are pivoting our focus towards implementing restorative justice solutions that repair harm from sexual abuse and empower more people to come forward about sexual abuse.

The Project Director leads the Project team and has operational and management responsibility for achieving Project results. Importantly, the person will lead CSJ’s pivot towards implementing restorative justice solutions in Delhi. You would report directly to the Managing Director. It’s based in Delhi, India, but may require travel outside Delhi.

Responsibilities

Management and leadership

  • Lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team comprised of lawyers, social workers, researchers and communications and administration professionals. Maintain overall focus, discipline and direction so the team effectively achieves project outcomes.
  • Oversee Casework component, including legal and psychosocial support services for child sexual abuse victims and counselling services for youth in conflict with the law.
  • Be a primary voice on System Change initiatives and research projects, including research methodology, framework, content, design and publication.
  • Oversee administration, human resources and finance functions and ensure staff are adhering to systems and protocols.
  • Set individual and team key result areas; have regular meetings with direct reports to monitor progress.
  • Review and submit quarterly activity reports and financial reports to the Counsel to Secure Justice Board.
  • Mentor the team and provide direction to improve their capacity as professionals and in career growth.
  • Cultivate in the team CSJ’s core values: character, compassion, commitment, competence and collaboration.
  • Organise trainings and give staff greater levels of responsibility and opportunities to develop professional and leadership skills.

Restorative Justice ambassador

  • Be a leading voice in India on restorative justice; raise awareness and educate people about restorative justice, including people in government, universities, grassroots and national organizations, community groups and networks, funders and others interested in restorative justice solutions.
  • Speak publicly at conferences and dialogues on CSJ’s work, especially restorative justice; participate in coalitions that advocate for restorative justice solutions in law and practice.
  • Build relationships with people who can influence Indian law and policy and spread knowledge about restorative justice.

Program and strategy design

  • Conduct bi-annual project review meetings to evaluate CSJ projects, direction and current circumstances that impact outcomes and adapt strategy based on review.
  • Work with the Project team to design program plans, including outcomes, strategy to achieve outcomes, monitoring and evaluation, budget and human resource requirements.

Fund development

  • Build relationships and develop funding sources within India that support CSJ’s efforts, including foundations, corporates and private individuals; build influence with potential funders to invest in CSJ’s vision and fund restorative justice projects.
  • Draft clear, logical and compelling grant proposals to fund CSJ’s projects, including casework and restorative justice projects.

Required qualifications and skills

  • Professional experience and qualifications. Master Degree in Law, Psychology, Social Work or a related field. You have at least 10 years professional experience and strong working knowledge of the criminal justice system. 
  • Demonstrated commitment towards restorative justice. Preferably you have completed a restorative justice course or attained a certificate. Also, you have experience working with impoverished communities and vulnerable populations, including women and children.
  • Leadership and management experience. At least 4 years experience supervising a team. You have planned, managed and evaluated projects and the project achieved desired results.
  • Strong communication skills. You are a great listener. Your written and verbal communication skills are clear, logical and concise, and you effectively communicate in Hindi and English.
  • Build strong relationships. You enjoy building relationships with diverse groups of people. You already have connections with networks from which CSJ can draw influence to further its objectives. Preferably you have experience influencing people in challenging, unfriendly environments.
  • Strong, value-based decision maker. You analyse complex problems, seek to understand different perspectives and make firm, timely and clear decisions.  You are willing to take calculated risks and stretch yourself beyond your comfort level.  CSJ’s core values drive your decision making.
  • You are organized and effectively manage your time.  You are committed to meeting deadlines, delegating responsibility and achieving results under pressure.
  • Office technology. We use Microsoft Office 365 cloud software suite: SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.  You are comfortable working on this platform.