The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) works on improving
overall Democracy and Governance in India. Its current focus
is on Electoral reforms. In addition, in the near future, ADR
plans to work on Political Party Reforms. Since its inception
in August 1999, ADR has won two landmark judgments in the Supreme
Court on Electoral reforms, mandating disclosure of criminal,
financial and educational background by all candidates. ADR
has also worked closely with a variety of organizations in the
country to carry out Election Watches with eminent citizens
as members. The recent Lok Sabha elections in 2004 were a test
case where 19 States and Union Territories carried out successful
Election Watches. Leaders of various political parties have
also started taking note of these activities and ADR hopes that
will slowly but surely bring about change.
ADR has also established good working relationships with
the Election Commission of India, the media, a network of
civil society organizations and some top bureaucrats. ADR
hosted the first two National Conferences on Electoral Reforms
in 2003 and 2004, inaugurated by the Chief Election Commissioner
ADR is looking for suitable people for their Ahmedabad, Delhi,
Bangalore, and Mumbai Offices. We are also seeking to fill
the position of Chief Executive or Chief Operating Officer.
We are looking for persons with a keen interest in this work,
who have the skills to work with people, and network with
other organizations. Some additional skills that are desirable
are familiarity with the use of large data bases using some
of the standard software packages. Not being aligned with
any political party and being strictly neutral is essential.
Personal honesty and integrity is also very important since
the work demands the same from the political system. ADR's
Rules also debar it from hiring members of political parties,
members of organizations affiliated with political parties,
people who have actively campaigned for any party or candidate,
those who have contested elections and those who have an interest
in exercising political power by contesting elections.
These are senior positions requiring commitment and initiative.
The Founding Trustees are all working in an honorary capacity.
They would continue to take active interest in the organization
and the larger cause for which ADR was set up. Interested
candidates can also visit the following website: www.adrindia.org
for further details. This is the first public announcement
for professional staff and the right candidates will have
the opportunity to work independently to a considerable degree,
help set the agenda and action plans for ADR, and bring in
fresh ideas. The work would include, (but would not be limited
to) strengthening the network of organizations in the country,
building data and information banks on the political system,
keeping the website updated, coordinating election watch activities,
and liaising with the EC, media, and the bureaucracy.
Those interested may please send their resume with three references,
contact phone numbers, email address, and expected salary
to the email addresses below.
Founding Trustee, ADR.
Association for Democratic Reforms