SAMVAD-NIMHANS is inviting applications for two project officers (policy and law) in Bengaluru

The deadline for applications is June 7, 2024.

SAMVAD-NIMHANS is inviting applications for two project officers (policy and law) in Bengaluru.

SAMVAD is a national initiative working on areas of child protection, mental health and psychosocial care, established by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, pursuant to an MoU with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences at Bengaluru.

With the aim of enhancing child and adolescent psychosocial well-being, through the promotion of integrated approaches to mental health and protection, SAMVAD was established to extend its support and activities to all the States in the country. It comprises a multi-disciplinary team of child care professionals, with expertise in training and capacity building, program and policy research pertaining to child mental health, protection and law.

With reference to the above-mentioned program and policy research initiatives, SAMVAD has been engaged in undertaking research on core child and law issues to spread awareness about child and adolescent laws and policies in the country, and significantly, to bring a child-centric focus to systemic interventions in key domains of policy.

SAMVAD’s mandate, in this regard, is to facilitate fundamentally transdisciplinary ways of thinking, in recognition of the complexity of children’s issues and engagement with legal systems and processes.

The key domains of policy and research at SAMVAD include Rapid Assessment of State-level Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Protection Services, implementation of Section 15 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, working with children in conflict with the law, child sexual abuse and forensic evidence under the POCSO Act, and child custody issues in matrimonial disputes.

The Policy and Law Project Officer position, therefore, entails capacity-building, policy development and socio-legal research on child rights and child-related issues such as child sexual abuse and POCSO, juvenile justice, family and custody issues, and the integration of mental health and child protection services at the community level.

Primary stakeholders for capacity building and other engagements include Judicial Officers, Public Prosecutors and other legal personnel.

Minimum Experience

At least 2 to 3 years of experience in legal research on human rights-related subjects and/or practice before any court of law, representing vulnerable witnesses or human rights issues (preferably with a focus on child rights), through internships or professional engagement.


₹90,000/- per month (consolidated).

Additional Information

Further details, including essential and desired qualifications, and job profile are available in the notification at the end of this post.

Application Process and Link

The deadline for applications is June 7, 2024. The link to the application portal is as follows:

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to undertake an in-person written test and interview at the NIMHANS Campus in Bengaluru, pursuant to the institute's rules.

NIMHANS is an Institute of National Importance, and functions autonomously under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Therefore, no accommodations or exceptions can be granted in respect of the in-person test and interview.

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