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Government Jobs in Kenya – KNCHR

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 Commissions’ 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.

The Commission is inviting applications for the following positions:-

Human Rights Officer II

4 Positions

  1. Wajir - Ref: KNCHR/ADM/HRO II/8/14
  2. Kitale - Ref: KNCHR/ADM/HRO II/9/14
  3. Mombasa - Ref: KNCHR/ADM/HRO II/10/14
  4. Kisumu - Ref: KNCHR/ADM/HRO II/11/14

Reports to: Senior Human Rights Officer
Location: Wajir, Kisumu, Kitale or Mombasa with occasional travel
Duration: Permanent and Pensionable
Gross Salary: Kshs 100,250

Job Objective: To manage and process complaints from petitioners.

Description of key duties

  • The main tasks performed by the job holder.
  • Implementing systems and processes for efficient processing and management of complaints on human rights violations in the Region
  • Screening of petitioners
  • Assist in reviewing of Weekly screenings
  • Coordinating and supporting the Complaints referral and management committee
  • Undertaking research and drafting legal opinions on human rights complaints
  • Assisting in the promotion of proactive resolution of complaints on human rights violations.
  • Assist in preparation of various programme reports

Minimum Requirements
  • A Bachelors Degree in Law and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • At least one year work experience in an equivalent level or human rights Investigations
  • Skills on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Good skills  on Complaints handling and investigations with a good understanding of human rights
  • Good Interviewing, Investigation and report writing skills
  • Good organizational, writing, interpersonal(people management), communication and analytical skills
  • Sound Knowledge and understanding of International Human Rights instruments and the Constitution.
  • A good team player who is results oriented, has attention to detail and is client focused
  • Computer literacy, ability to work in stressful and demanding environments.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Swahili.

Senior Human Rights Officer


Reports to: Commission Secretary

Location: Wajir, with occasional travel

Duration: Permanent and Pensionable

Gross Salary: Kshs 205,850

Key duties and responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership in and guide the conceptualization, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the work of the Northern Kenya Regional Office
  • Coordinate implementation and management of the complaints handling process, investigations and other key areas of work as stipulated under Section 8 of the KNCHR Act, 2011 and as may relevant to the Northern Kenya Region
  • Prepare and present quality and timely monthly, quarterly and annual reports of the work of the Regional office, including reports of financial expenditure by the Regional Office
  • Manage and supervise all staff of the Regional Office, including management of financial resources and fixed assets
  • Ensure compliance with the policies of the Commission in the running of the Regional Office
  • Ensure proper flow of information and communication between the Head Office and the Regional Office, as well as with other Regional Offices.
  • Build and maintain sustainable partnerships with both state and non state actors in the region on behalf of the Commission
  • Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications and Experience
  • A Masters degree in a Social Science from a recognized institution with five years experience in a busy programme-related environment

  • A Bachelors Degree in a Social Science from a recognized institution with seven years experience in busy programme-related environment.
  • In addition the suitable candidates for the above position should possess the following skills and attributes:-
  • Good understanding of human rights.
  • Good organizational, writing, interpersonal, communication, people management, analytical and presentation skills.
  • Must be willing to travel the vast terrain covered by the region hence flexible and adaptable.
  • High degree of integrity
  • Excellent computer skills in various computer packages.
  • Ability and readiness to work under pressure and work for long/odd hours.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, service providers and suppliers and other stakeholders.

How to Apply

KNCHR is an equal opportunity employer which offers a competitive remuneration commensurate to qualifications and experience.

Qualified female candidates with experience from the regions are encouraged to apply.

If you possess the above qualities, please send your application clearly indicating the position, and the Ref No. on both the cover letter and envelope, together with a detailed C.V, a daytime telephone contact, and names and telephone contacts of three referees to reach us by 18th July, 2014 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.

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