Human Rights Officer Opening. KNCHR (141K)


The Commission is inviting applications for the following positions:

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.

Human Rights Officer I- WAJIR
( REF: KNCHR/ADM/ RO /2/2016)-Open
Reports to: The Senior Human Rights Officer – North Eastern Regional Office
Duration:Permanent and Pensionable
Gross Salary: Kshs. 141,950

Human Rights Officer Job purpose

  • This position is responsible for the implementation of programs and practices that support region specific best practices that contribute to the realization of Human Rights within the same.
  • This role is to support in partnership building with stakeholders in regional communities to find innovative ways to shape sustainable and strategic alliances for the advancement of Human Rights programs inclusive of access to justice, devolution, land, citizenship, security, business human rights, minority groups, environmental rights, labour rights, public sector accountability and engaging cultural and traditional institutions to mainstream human rights laws

Description of Key duties Managerial Responsibilities

  • Supervise project teams and consultants to give direction and oversee quality control to meet the commission’s service requirements on program benchmarks

Operational Responsibilities

  • Implement regional office projects and oversee systems to determine effective processing of complaints on human rights violations according to the commission’s standards of service
  • Promote proactive resolutions of complaints on human rights violations to quickly dissipate situations and avoid escalations that could be detrimental to the wellbeing of the victims
  • Carry out investigations and legal research in response to Human Rights violation cases noted or reported to the regional office to determine the way forward in pursuit of justice for the complainants
  • Draft quarterly and annual activity reports on programmes implemented at the regional offices inclusive of challenges, findings and recommendations to inform the main office for future plans and program development
  • Manage financial resources assigned for the project activities in the regional offices to ensure accountability of funds
  • Assist in the management of regional partnerships necessary for the capacity enhancement of the commission’s work in the region in spite of internal limitations
  • Undertake regional office operations inclusive of data and assets management to ensure client confidentiality and information security
  • Liaise with the head quarter office regarding matters of project implementation on assigned projects to execute these as per stipulated guidelines
  • Execute programme activities such as human rights clinics and legal aid forums for the capacity building of regional partners and stakeholders informing them on the human Rights Laws based on the Kenyan constitution
  • Participate in regional trainings for public officers in conjunction with partners to promote awareness in Human Rights Laws and the Kenyan National Human Rights Commission
  • Prepare reminders, acknowledgements and keep the complainants informed on the status of the complaints that they have lodged on Human Rights Violations
  • Refer complaints that fall outside the mandate of the commission to appropriate agencies for resolution

Skills, Experience and Minimum Qualifications for Human Rights Officer Job

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences or an equivalent from a recognized university
  • 3 years of service in a comparable position from a reputable organization
  • Good report writing and presentation skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Good analytical and Project cycle management skills

All applicants should submit copies of clearance certificates from the following institutions:-

  • Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  • Criminal Investigations Department (CID)
  • Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
  • Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

Please note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the application. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Qualified female candidates and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How 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 reach us by Friday 9th September, 2016 to: The Commission Secretary, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Lenana Road, CVS Plaza, 1st Floor P. O. Box 74359-00200 Nairobi