Human Rights Officer II – Complaints and Investigations at KNCHR

On Monday, August 3rd, 2015
KNCHR hereby invites applications for the following position in its head office:
Ref: KNCHR/ADM/HRO/07/15
Reports to: Principal Human Rights Officer
Location: Head Office, with occasional travel
Duration: Permanent and Pensionable
Salary: Kshs. 100,250.00
Job Objective: To seek redress for human rights violations and provide legal support services to the Commission
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

  • Interviewing walk-in petitioners with a view to determining admissibility of their petitions and/or providing them with appropriate assistance
  • Undertaking preliminary investigations of petitions.
  • Transmitting admitted files to Legal Counsel
  • Referring petitioners to appropriate government or other agencies as necessary and follow up of referred petitions
  • Convening and supporting the Referral Committee
  • Appearing in court or public interest case identified from time to time
  • Any other duty as may be directed by the supervisor
Skills, Experience and Minimum Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognized institution.
  • One year work experience in human rights or a relevant institution.
  • Good understanding of human rights and demonstrable solid commitment to social justice.
  • Good organizational, writing, interpersonal, communication and analytical skills,
  • Sound knowledge and understanding on International Human Rights
  • instruments and the constitution.
  • • Computer literacy, ability to work in stressful and demanding environments.
  • • Fluency in spoken and written English and Swahili.
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

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.
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