KNCHR Senior Human Rights Officer (Redress) Job August 2015


KNCHR hereby invites applications for the following position in its head office:

Senior Human Rights Officer – Redress


Reports to: Principal Human Rights Officer (PHRO)

Location: Head Office, with occasional travel

Duration: Permanent and Pensionable

Gross Salary: Kshs.205,850

Job Objectives: To seek redress for human rights violations and provide legal support services to the Commission

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 four regional offices in Wajir, Kitale, Mombasa and Kisumu.
Officers may serve in the Head Office or in any of the regional offices.Job Profile

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertake redress interventions on human rights issues on behalf of the commission.
  • Undertaking legal research, drafting and advice on redress options
  • Appear in court on behalf of both the commission and/or petitioners.
  • Assist in providing analytical advice on and implementation of appropriate redress mechanisms.
  • Assist in Providing and applying Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms in redress of Human Rights issues.
  • Assist in giving the Commission legal support services.
  • Implementing of the departments strategic and activities as per the work plan
  • Participate in budgeting for the department programs and assist in management of resources within the department.
  • Assist the PHRO in planning, project design in the implementations of activities within the department management of M&E systems for monitoring purposes
  • Assist in ensuring synergy and linkages between the department and other partners.
  • Management of the department information and reports.
  • Any other duty as may be assigned from time to time.

Skills, Experience and Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in Laws from a recognized University
  • Advocate of the High Court
  • Training in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Research
  • Five years’ Experience of which one is at a supervisory role
  • Or a Bachelor’s degree in Law plus 7 year’s relevant experience of which three is at a supervisory
  • Advocate of the High Court
  • Training in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Research
  • Demonstrable experience in litigation, managing advocacy campaigns, financial and human resources
  • Other attributes
  • Demonstrate knowledge and exposure to international, regional and national human rights instruments jurisprudence.
  • Demonstrate Knowledge on ADR best practices
  • Good research, report writing and presentation/communication skills
  • Experience in client management
  • Leadership and strategic management skills
  • Good Computer skills in various applications e.g. Ms. Office
  • Good organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Results oriented and has attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Programme Cycle Management
  • Good interpersonal and people management skills with respect for diversity
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision

How to Apply

If you possess the above qualities, please send your application through our 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 14th August, 2015 to:

The Commission Secretary,
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
Lenana Road, CVS Plaza, 1st Floor
P. O. Box 74359-00200

Email: [email protected]

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 disability are encouraged to apply.