Arshid Jan is from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He holds an M.Phil degree in International Development Studies, a degree in Law, and dual master degrees in History and Political Science.
He has fourteen years of experience mostly in the justice and development sectors, six of which he has practised law. He has worked for Shirkat Gah Women Resource Centre as a research officer, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a gender violence analyst, and the Strengthening Rule of Law Programme of UNDP as sector lead legal aid and access to justice.
During his career he held a number of volunteer positions, assignments and conducted court cases. These include Men-Engage Alliance Pakistan, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiatives, and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. He has managed more than 50 small and medium grants with the NGOs and public sector institutions under different thematic areas including legal aid and access to justice, community based dispute resolution, community based paralegals, clinical legal education, female legal education and legal profession, strengthening bar associations, and capacity building of justice sector partners.
He is also coordinating Rule of Law Project inception phase in province of Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan.
He is passionate about benefiting people in need, empowering women and raising the self-esteem and self-respect of disenfranchised groups.