KHRC Programme Advisor (Legal Affairs) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Human Rights Commission

Job Title: Programme Advisor – Legal Affairs

Department: Institutional Support and Development
Reporting to: Deputy Executive Director
Contractual Period: Two year renewable contract based on performance and funding
Location: Nairobi with frequent travels


Target Group: Human Rights Workers  and Partners at County, National, Regional and International  levels 
Overall Purpose: To contribute to the fulfilment of the organization’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives by providing technical expertise and leadership (Prompt action on emerging and systemic injustices) through legal aid  and  public interest litigation,  institutional and programmatic liaison and accountability.

Duties & Responsibilities

Legal Aid Work

  • Offer legal aid and support  to victims of human rights violations;
  • Coordinate  and supervise weekly and monthly  legal aid clinics;
  • Organize legal aid clinics for County Based Human Rights Networks(HURINETs);
  • Ensure a continuous assessment and improvement of the legal aid clinic;
  • Institute and prosecute select cases on behalf of Legal Aid Clients(see below);
  • Document the human rights violations reported at the LAC in the electronic database.
Public Interest Litigation
  • Develop and implement the public interest litigation strategy;
  • Develop quarterly status and periodical reports on the current KHRC’s PIL cases;
  • Institute and sustain other PIL and strategic cases on the emerging human rights violations;
  • Hold briefing meetings with lawyer, claimants, petitioners and witnesses as necessary;
  • Ensure return of KHRC’s funds paid as bails in court(to the Director of Finance and Administration); 
  • Prepare and publish case digests on identified cases and issues. 
Institutional and programmatic liaison and accountability
  • In liaison with the Human Rights Monitoring Advisor, and other Team members, audit the work and performance of the Constitutional Commissions.
  • In liaison with the Human Rights Monitoring Advisor, and other Team members, Track and respond to legal and policy unconstitutional decisions  
  • Act as the legal advisor to the organization, both in its programmes and operations;
  • Work with team members in dealing with the legal and human rights issues within their areas;
  • Ensure timely reporting and accountability in line with KHRC and donor’s schedules and policies.
  • Engage in effective resource mobilization and utilization for  your plans and interventions.
  • Participate in the  internal committees and overall activities/ affairs  of the organization;
  • Represent the KHRC in all the relevant networks and partnerships at all levels.
  • Supervise researchers, interns, consultants and other staff or human resources assigned to this project.
  • Undertake any other task as may be assigned by your supervisor from time to time.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Law.
  • An advocate of the High Court of Kenya, with a practicing certificate and in good standing.
  • A minimum 3-4 years of related experience preferably in the NGO sector. 
  • Ability to network with or develop a broad array of partnerships with both state and non-state actors.   
  • A solid understanding of the human rights discourse and its application in the promotion of good governance.
  • A solid understanding of the county, national, regional and international human rights mechanisms.
  • Previous exposure to work at the regional or international levels will be an added advantage.
  • Proven track record in undertaking policy research and advocacy on governance and human rights issues.
  • Ability to network with or develop a broad array of partnerships with both state and non-state actors.   
  • 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 and Skills
  • Passionate and committed to respect for human rights,  diversity, integrity and transparency
  • Planning, Organizing and Delivery of Results
  • Adapting and Coping; demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Results-driven, flexible, analytical and a practical problem solver.
  • Ability to work teams
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • 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 quoting the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line. The closing date for this position is on Friday 24th June, 2016.

Disclaimer: KHRC is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization and will seek to recruit the most qualified person for the job irrespective of race, color, marital status, ethnicity, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation or nationality. 

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. 

Canvassing will automatically lead to disqualification. 

Only successful candidates will be contacted

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