KHRC Programme Associate (Devolution – Building a Model County) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Programme Associate: Devolution – Building a Model County

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is an independent Non-Governmental human rights organization founded in 1992 to entrench human rights and democratic values in society.

KHRC adopts a human rights based approach in all its strategies which are aimed at the preservation of human dignity, human security and human development.

KHRC recognises that the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 not only captures the peoples’ aspirations but also formally and legally domesticates the human rights norms captured in the various international human rights instruments.
KHRC wishes to model the human rights based approach that devolution as captured in the Constitution can deliver and will support communities in one of Kenya’s 47 counties to understand and prepare to participate in and development processes.
To this end, KHRC seeks to recruit a dynamic, organized, motivated and results-oriented individual for a 6 month contract as a programme associate, serving under the Economic Rights and Social Protection (ER&SP) Programme. 
The position is based in Nairobi, with extensive field work within Kenya.
The Position: Programme Associate: Devolution – Model County
Overall Purpose of the Job: To develop a practical implementation framework on devolved governance that provides a model that facilitates demonstrable improvement in community capacity to adopt human rights based approach to County governance.
Contractual Period: Fixed term of 5 months, November 16, 2012 to April 30, 2013 with a ten day break in December
Salary: Ksh140,000 per month inclusive of all benefits
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Senior Programmes Officer, Economic Rights and Social Protection (ER&SP), the post holder will:-
1. Analyze existing laws, policies, academic papers, case law and comparative studies in other jurisdictions that relate to devolved governance in Kenya.
2. Undertake a desktop survey and develop a brief summary that serves as a baseline on the level of human rights access at the onset of devolved governance in the selected County {This will result in a consolidated baseline survey report on the level of access to key human rights identified as priority concerns through the 2007 Peoples’ Manifesto and Scorecard Initiative (on equality, tolerance of diversity and participation (END); access to healthcare, education, employment and markets; infrastructure and development (ESCR) and security (CPR)}.
3. Develop a policy framework or model on what changes need to be made in order to:-
a. Adopt human rights based approach to governance and service delivery in the selected county;
b. Promote informed participation of all and particularly women, youth and other marginalised and minority groups
4. Critique, edit and oversee publishing of KHRC’s draft trainer’s guide by briefly incorporating the above existing laws, comparative studies and case law to serve as a practical tool to guide leading advocates, catalysts and innovators of change in the selected county.
5. Establish partnerships with progressive and influential community structures within the County and establish a database of partners that can become leading advocates, catalysts and innovators for change;
6. Develop and implement a dissemination strategy for the policy framework and trainers guide through innovative engagement with various media.
7. Establish a cordial relation with election monitors and observers in the select county to facilitate regular updates and rapid response where necessary.
8. Undertake regular monitoring and evaluation to ensure financial viability of this initiative, frugal management of the assigned budget and compliance with donor requirements
To be successful in this role the post holder will have the following:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, Public Policy, Political Science, Human Rights or Social Sciences.
  • Two years’ experience in tackling issues relating to devolution.
  • Proficiency in MS office, and experience in SPSS shall be an added advantage.
Personal Attributes
  • A record of delivering outcomes within specific timeframes and experience of donor reporting and budgeting.
  • Proven experience in building successful advocacy/popular mobilisation campaigns with partners
  • A commitment to human rights, social and economic justice.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate successfully in an environment with multiple stakeholders and people from different cultures;
  • Results-driven, enthusiastic, resourceful, flexible and able to think out of the box – an intellectual and practical problem solver;
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 quoting the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line. 
The closing date for this position is on 26th October 2012.

KHRC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization and will recruit the most qualified person irrespective of race, marital status, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or nationality.
Canvassing will automatically lead to disqualification.
Only successful candidates will be contacted

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