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The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which was founded in 1992 and registered in Kenya in 1994 with a mandate to entrench human rights and democratic values in the society.

Programme Officer – Human Rights Monitoring

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, the post holder will:-

  • Monitor and document the emerging violations and governance issues in the society;
  • Assess and respond to the state human rights actors’ response to emerging human rights and governance issues;
  • Ensure timely and effective response by KHRC and other human rights movement-led interventions;
  • Facilitate public participation, support and action on emerging human rights issues;
  • Coordinate urgent actions, rapid responses and other interventions on emerging human rights issues;
  • Promote positive public perception of the human rights sector (institutions and workers);
  • Advocate for a responsive regulatory framework for the human rights and civil society sectors;
  • Identify opportunities for engaging with Human Rights Treaty bodies relevant to Kenya and KHRC’s mandate;
  • Supervise researchers, interns and other staff or human resources assigned to this project.
  • Ensuring timely reporting and accountability in line with KHRC’s schedules and policies.
  • Undertaking other tasks and interventions as may be assigned from time to time by your immediate supervisor.

    Qualifications & Experience

    To be successful in this role the post holder should possess the following competencies:

  • At least 3-4 years’ experience working on human rights and governance issues in the society.
  • A degree in Law, Political Science or International Relations or other related disciplines.
  • Strong understanding of the national, regional and international human rights and governance issues and mechanisms.
  • Ability to network with or develop a broad array of partnerships with both state and non-state actors.
  • Demonstrable experience working with or coordinating partners with community and national levels organizations and networks.
  • Proven track record in undertaking research, policy/legislative work and advocacy on governance and human rights issues.
  • Demonstrable experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods including experience of developing human rights-based indicators
  • Demonstrable experience working with or coordinating partners with community and national levels organizations and networks.
  • Good understanding of programmes and project management.
  • Willing to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision.

    Personal Attributes & Skills

  • Passionate and committed to human rights including respect for diversity, integrity and transparency.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Results-driven, flexible, analytical and a practical problem solver.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Ability to fundraise and mobilize resources.

    How to apply

    If you believe you fit the profile, submit your application and CV detailing your suitability for the post and including daytime telephone contact and three referees, preferably your current or previous line managers to vacancies [at] khrc.or.ke quoting the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line.

    The closing date for this position is on July 26, 2013.


    Programme Consultant - Labour Rights

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Senior Programmes Officer, Economic Rights and Social Protection (ER&SP), the post holder will handle:-

  • Develop a formula for the determination of what constitutes a living wage through consolidation of recommendations from previous studies, analysis of ongoing legal aid and public interest litigation on labour rights and the commissioning of a study; and run an advocacy campaign for its adoption in the setting and review of the minimum wage and other social protections.
  • Conceptualize, contract, supervise and validate a Human Rights Impact Assessment of Horticulture value chain in consultation with project partners; organize validation for the study report and summarize the report into a policy brief.
  • Develop community trainers’ materials to address international human rights, labour rights, certification standards, global value chains, the devolved government system in Kenya and how it will impact on monitoring compliance with Kenyan labour laws and on trade unionism.
  • Train workers and their representatives on the above and support them to form democratic workers’ rights advocacy platforms.
  • Establish, maintain and share a database of relevant contacts and attend relevant meetings and trainings throughout the contractual period.
  • Supervise researchers, interns and other staff or human resources assigned to this project.
  • Ensuring timely narrative and financial reporting and financial accountability in line with KHRC’s schedules and policies.
  • Undertaking other tasks and interventions as may be assigned from time to time by your immediate supervisor.

    Qualifications & Experience

    To be successful in this role the post holder should possess the following competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, Economics, Public Policy, Political Science or other related disciplines.
  • A minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in labour or human rights work.
  • Experience in labour rights or offering legal aid to indigent clients and in litigation is an added advantage.
  • Strong understanding of the national, regional and international human rights and governance issues and mechanisms.
  • Ability to network with or develop a broad array of partnerships with both state and non-state actors.
  • Demonstrable experience working with or coordinating partners with community and national levels organizations and networks.
  • Proven track record in undertaking research, policy/legislative work and advocacy on governance and human rights issues.
  • Demonstrable experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods including experience of developing human rights-based indicators.
  • Good understanding of programmes and project management.
  • Willing to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision.

    Personal Attributes & Skills

  • Passionate and committed to human rights including respect for diversity, integrity and transparency.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Results-driven, flexible, analytical and a practical problem solver.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Ability to fundraise and mobilize resources.

    How to apply

    If you believe you fit the profile, submit your application and CV detailing your suitability for the post and including daytime telephone contact and three referees, preferably your current or previous line managers to vacancies [at] khrc.or.ke quoting the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line.

    The closing date for this position is on July 26, 2013.


    Programme Officer - Accountability & Devolution

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Senior Programmes Officer, Economic and Social Rights, the post holder will:-

  • Develop a human rights based framework for ensuring access to economic and social rights at county levels. This framework will include a Model County tool which will guide the Annual Model Award Scheme.
  • Use the above framework to train stakeholders to monitor the performance of and engage with county and national governments on service delivery relating to economic and social rights.
  • Conceptualize, contract and oversee a studies on access to rights, the human rights cost of corruption, existing tax, accountability and budgeting policies and frameworks.
  • Identify, establish and maintain a database of relevant contacts and support civil society groups at county level to establish a democratically run and effective civil society accountability monitoring and advocacy platform.
  • Develop a report that contributes to periodical reports on the state of Economic and Social Rights at County, National, regional and international levels.
  • In collaboration with the PO- Electoral Governance, monitor and report on the status of public participation at the national government and in select county governments.
  • Rapid response to urgent and important opportunities to influence political parties and other agents of duty bearers.
  • Prepare monthly narrative and financial reports, establish, maintain and share a database of relevant contacts and attend relevant meetings and trainings throughout the contractual period.
  • Supervise researchers, interns and other staff or human resources assigned to this project.
  • Ensuring timely reporting and accountability in line with KHRC’s schedules and policies.
  • Undertaking other tasks and interventions as may be assigned from time to time by your immediate supervisor.

    Qualifications & Experience

    To be successful in this role the post holder will have the following competencies:

  • A degree in social sciences, preferably economics, political science, law or other related disciplines.
  • A minimum of 3-4years’ experience in tax justice, devolved governance, budget tracking or social auditing and other accountability monitoring work in either government or civil society.
  • Strong understanding of the national, regional and international human rights and governance issues and mechanisms.
  • Ability to network with or develop a broad array of partnerships with both state and non-state actors.
  • Demonstrable experience working with or coordinating partners with community and national levels organizations and networks.
  • Proven track record in undertaking research, policy/legislative work and advocacy on governance and human rights issues.
  • Demonstrable experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods including experience of developing human rights-based indicators.
  • Good understanding of programmes and project management.
  • Willing to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision.

    Personal Attributes

  • Passionate and committed to human rights including respect for diversity, integrity and transparency.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Results-driven, flexible, analytical and a practical problem solver.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Ability to fundraise and mobilize resources.

    How to apply

    If you believe you fit the profile, submit your application and CV detailing your suitability for the post and including daytime telephone contact and three referees, preferably your current or previous line managers to vacancies [at] khrc.or.ke quoting the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line.

    The closing date for this position is on July 26, 2013.

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