Job Title: Senior Human Rights Officer –Research and Compliance

Recruiting Agency: Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)

Job Type: Full Time

Job Level: Mid Level Management

Closing Date: 2017-02-07

Job Details: 

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is an independent National Human Rights Institution created by Article 59 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and established by the Government of Kenya through an Act of Parliament (the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Act, 2011) and under the United Nations Paris Principles. KNCHR’s mandate includes furthering the protection and promotion of human rights in Kenya, acting as a watchdog over the Government in the area of human rights, and the provision of Leadership in moving the country towards a human rights state. KNCHR fulfils its human rights mandate through a number of programmes, including Research and Compliance, Public Education and Training, Complaints and Investigations, Redress and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Commission’s main office is in Nairobi with five regional offices in Wajir, Kitale, Mombasa, Kisumu and Laikipia Campus. Officers may serve in the Head Office or in any of the regional offices.

SENIOR HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER –RESEARCH AND COMPLIANCE REF: KNCHR/ADM/SHRO /03/2017)-Open

Reports to: Principal Human Rights Officer, Research and Compliance

Location:Nairobi with occasional travel

Duration:Permanent and Pensionable

Gross Salary: Kshs. 205, 850

Job Purpose

This position is responsible for conducting research on various human rights issues with the objective informing the Commission’s interventions in relation to legislation, policy and implementation of human rights concerns and that the state complies with human rights standards regionally.

Operational Responsibilities:

a)Review of bills and policies that is derived from the institutional strategy, to ensure alignment of department activities to the institutional objectives

b)Develop advisories and position papers on various human rights issues with the objective of informing the Commission’s interventions in relation to legislation, policy and implementation

c)Engage with regional and international mechanisms on various human rights issues in Kenya to recommend best practice on application of the said mechanism

d)Advice and assist state compliance with international and regional obligations as per the commission mandate

e)Report writing for internal and external audience on human rights issues to create awareness and sensitivity to human rights violation

f)Research the key outcomes that emerge in human rights issues in order to provide input to the development of policies

Skills, Experience and Minimum Qualifications

•Master’s degree in Law, Social sciences or other related fields or related disciplines from a recognized university

•Five years’ Experience of which one is at a supervisory role.

•Advocate of the High Court for Lawyers OR

•A Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Social sciences or other related fields or related disciplines from a recognized university

•7 years relevant experience of which three is at a supervisory role.

•Relevant Post graduate qualification/s is an added advantage

•Good Communication, Interpersonal and Organisational skills

•Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya

Other attributes

•Ability to work under pressure

•Ability to lead and manage teams

•Problem solving skills

•Supervisory skills

•Clients focused

•Great attention to detail

•Respect for diversity Please note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the application.

How To Apply: Only short listed candidates will be contacted. KNCHR is an equal opportunity employer which offers a competitive remuneration commensurate to qualifications and experience. Qualified female candidates and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you possess the above qualities, please submit your applications manually through the post office or by hand delivery, clearly indicating the position, and the Ref No. on both the cover letter and envelope, together with a detailed C.V, names and telephone contacts of three referees one of whom should be your immediate supervisor to: The Commission Secretary, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Lenana Road, CVS Plaza, 1st Floor P. O. Box 74359-00200 NAIROBI.

Job Link: n/a

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