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The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is a constitutional body established under Article 59 of the Constitution of Kenya and Section 3 of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Act No 14 of 2011 (revised) 2012. It has the core mandate to develop a culture of Human Rights through the promotion and protection of rights and fundamental freedoms in the Republic of 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.
In line with its mandate of monitoring compliance to human rights standards and principles in the 2022 electioneering period, the Commission with the support from Development Partners is recruiting 160 human rights monitors in the following identified counties;
1. Nairobi 2. Kiambu 3. Nyeri 4. Murang’a
5. Nakuru 6. Machakos 7. Makueni 8. Mombasa
9. Kilifi 10. Kisumu 11. Siaya 12. Bungoma
13. Nyamira 14. Migori 15. Kakamega 16. Isiolo
17. Uasin Gishu 18. Nandi 19. Kericho 20. Wajir
21. Kisii 22. Kwale 23. Kirinyaga 24. Meru
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES
The Human Rights Monitor will be expected to undertake the following tasks;
- Attend a mandatory training to be conducted by KNCHR on specified date(s).
- Use the monitoring tools provided by KNCHR to collect factual information on Human Rights violations in the assigned county.
- Follow up and report on any human rights violations in the assigned county.
- Attend campaign forums in a bid to gather information in relation to human rights compliance and violations.
- Furnish the Commission with reports on the status of human rights in the assigned county on specified timelines.
- Keep in safe custody equipment and/or materials provided by the KNCHR for use in the project and return them to the designated officer upon the conclusion of the project or on demand.
- Assist and accompany the KNCHR team visiting the Monitor’s assigned county during planned or unplanned missions.
- Submit a final report in relation to human rights compliance of the respective county at the end of the contract period.
- Perform any other duty as may be assigned.
- Diploma, Higher National Diploma or Degree in Social Sciences, paralegal studies or any other related field.
- A minimum of one (1) year active experience in the field of human rights, research or social work
- Resident in one of the identified counties of interest.
- Good understanding of the local languages in addition to English and Kiswahili.
- Excellent written, oral and IT skills, with working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Tools.
- A good understanding of the political and social dynamics of the respective county.
- Capacity to engage local leaders, security officials, elders, youth and women on issues relating to human rights and electoral processes
- Good etiquette and strong interpersonal skills.
- Past role in monitoring electoral skills will be an added advantage.
The initial contract period will be for a period of Six (6) months
The position attracts a monthly allowance of Kenya Shillings 35,000/= that shall cover the monitor’s transport needs, meals and communication.
If you possess or meet the above qualifications, send your application letter together with a detailed CV, names and telephone contacts of three referees,indicating your county of choice to reach us by 24th January 2022 through email address: email@example.com.
The cover letter should be addressed as follows;
The Commission Secretary
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
1st Floor, CVS Plaza,Lenana Road,
Please note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the application.
KNCHR is an equal opportunity employer. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.