Open Jobs at Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)

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  • 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.


  • Reports to:  Assistant Director, WERO
  • Location:     Kisumu with occasional travel
  • Duration:     Permanent and Pensionable
  • Gross Salary: Kshs. 100,250

Job purpose

  • 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 within the region. This purpose of this role is to pursue redress for human rights violations in the Commission’s regional office; to reinforce programs and practices that support the advancement of Human Rights , including  access to justice, devolution, land, citizenship, security, business and human rights, minority groups, environmental rights, labour rights, public sector accountability and engaging cultural and traditional institutions to mainstream human rights.

Operational Responsibilities:

  • Undertake client screening and complaints handling for victims seeking redress for human rights violations to facilitate the justice process and seek favorable outcomes for them
  • Promote proactive resolution of complaints on human rights violations to avoid recurrence of similar situation from arising. This includes the application of ADR mechanisms.
  • Undertake investigations on human rights violations to ensure that the complaints are resolved promptly as per the mandate of the Commission
  • Refer complaints that fall outside the mandate of the Commission to appropriate agencies for resolution
  • Prepare reports on complaints received and the remedial action taken by the Commission
  • Organize, plan and implement programme activities such as human rights clinics, radio talk shows and public forums to create awareness amongst members of the public
  • Attend court in matters where the Commission is a party or has an interest
  • Assist in preparing training content and facilitating trainings for civil society organizations, state actors and other stakeholders
  • Assist in monitoring compliance with human rights standards in prisons and other detention facilities.
  • Assist in the preparation of quarterly, annual and activity reports
  • Assist in the management and enhancement of partnerships with human rights actors in the region in order to enhance the Commission’s effectiveness.
  • Represent the Commission in various meetings and forums organized by the Commission’s partners and whose agenda touch on the Commission’s mandate.

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Skills, Experience and Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, law or an equivalent from a recognized university
  • Be admitted as an  Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (for lawyers)
  • 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

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit copies of clearance certificates from the following institutions:-

  • Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  • Criminal Investigations Department (CID)
  • Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
  • Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

How To Apply

  • Please note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the application.
  • 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.
  • Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
  • If you possess the above qualities, please submit your applications electronically through haki@knchr.orgclearly indicatingthe position, and the Ref No. on the subject linetogether with a detailed C.V, a copy of national ID, names and telephone contacts of three referees, to reach us by Tuesday 29th September, 2020 to:

The Commission Secretary,
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
Lenana Road, CVS Plaza, 1st Floor
P. O. Box 74359-00200

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