Job Title: Senior Human Rights Officer – Redress Ref: KNCHR/ADM/ SHRO /02/2017

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.


Reports to: Principal Human Rights Officer- Redress

Duty Station: Nairobi with occasional travel

Duration:Permanent and

Pensionable Gross Salary: Kshs. 205,850

Job Purpose

This position is responsible for the provision of redress and legal services to petitioners for human rights violations as per the mandate of the commission to protect human rights in Kenya.

Key Duties

•Advise the commission on appropriate redress mechanisms to ensure timely resolution of complaints as per the mandate of the commission •Coordinate legal research, drafting and advice on redress options to ensure that complainants get justice in a timely manner as per the mandate of the commission

•Represent the commission and petitioners in court to facilitate redress as per the mandate of the commission

•Implement Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms in redress of Human Rights issues to expedite redress as per the mandate of the commission

•Implement reform strategies and interventions that result in timely resolution of human rights violation cases as per the mandate of the commission

•Ensure that the monitoring and evaluation systems and tools are up to par and facilitate the department in meeting its performance target

•Manage the department’s information and reports to ensure that they are protected and accessible as per the mandate of the commission

•Provide input into the budgeting process for the department

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

•Bachelor’s degree in law from a recognized university and an Advocate of High Court.

•7 years of service, or similar experience in a comparable position of which three is at a supervisory role.

•Demonstrable knowledge and exposure to international, regional and national human rights instruments jurisprudence

•Excellent IT skills, with working knowledge for the various packages.

•Excellent communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills.

•Excellent organizational and problem solving skills

•Knowledge of the project management cycle and public administration

•Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya Please note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the application.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. KNCHR is an equal opportunity employer which offers a competitive remuneration commensurate to qualifications and experience.

How To Apply: 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: 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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