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- Company: KNCHR
- Location: Kenya
- State: Nairobi
- Job type: Full-Time
- Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Kenya
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is an independent National Human Rights Institution created under 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 in accordance with the United Nations Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (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 respecting state. KNCHR fulfils its human rights mandate through five Directorates including: Complaints and Investigations, Research, Advocacy and Outreach, Legal Services, Regional Services and Corporate Services. The Commission has offices in Nairobi, Wajir, Kitale, Mombasa, Kisumu and Nyahururu.
This position is responsible for the provision of legal support services and the implementation of region specific best practices that contribute to the realization of Human Rights. This role is to pursue redress for human rights violations to reinforce programs and practices that support 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.
- Screening of client/Petitioners and receiving inquiries for complaints processing from victims seeking redress for human rights violations.
- Analyze case files and in consultation with the regional coordinator and institutional mandate, make appropriate decisions, determinations and recommendations on complaints that’s have been lodged at the regional office
- Provide legal advice and or representation to clients on Human Rights Related court cases and disputes.
- Prepare sound legal opinions on complaints brought forward beyond arbitration.
- Generate advisories for submission to relevant actors on human rights issues.
- Facilitate public education and training programmes on human rights.
- Participate in field 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 and submit timely actionable reports.
- Refer complaints that fall outside the mandate of the commission to appropriate agencies for resolution as a way to assist them despite being outside the service parameters of the commission
- Prepare reminders and acknowledgements to keep petitioners informed on the status of the complaints they have lodged on Human Rights violations at the regional office
- Working with marginalized groups
Qualifications •Bachelor’s degree in law, Peace Building/Conflict Management, Criminology, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Development Studies, International Relations & Diplomacy or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university •Be admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya •At least 1 year of relevant service in a comparable position from a reputable organization •Good understanding of human rights and other relevant laws •Good research skills. •Good communication, listening and client management skills. •Computer literacy •Meet the requirement of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya.
How to Apply
KNCHR is an equal opportunity employer which offers a competitive remuneration commensurate to qualifications and experience. Qualified female candidates and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Please note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the application. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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 4th November, 2019
The Commission Secretary, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Lenana Road, CVS Plaza, 1st Floor P. O. Box 74359-00200 NAIROBI.
KNCHR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process. Report any such incidences to KNCHR or to the police.