KHRC Labour Rights Programme Consultant Job 2013 in Nairobi Kenya today


The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which was founded in 1992 and registered in Kenya in 1994 with a mandate to entrench human rights and democratic values in the society.
In 2012, the Commission evaluated its 2008-2012 strategic plans and developed an interim strategic plan for 2013-2018 in which it envisions: A human rights state and society and outlines its mission as to foster human rights, democratic values, human dignity and social justice.
This vision and mission will be driven by the goal and new mandate of enhancing human rights centred governance at all levels.
To this end, KHRC seeks to recruit dynamic, organized, motivated and results-oriented individuals.
The positions will be based in Nairobi, with extensive field work mostly within Kenya.

Programme Consultant – Labour Rights

Overall purpose of the job
To improve access to human rights for workers in select sectors through advocacy for adoption of a living wage approach to setting the minimum wage and empowers workers to make better use of trade unionism to negotiate for improved terms and conditions of work.
Contractual Period: Fixed term contract of 6months
Target Group: National, regional and international levels state and non-state actors.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Senior Programmes Officer, Economic Rights and Social Protection (ER&SP), the post holder will handle:-
  • Develop a formula for the determination of what constitutes a living wage through consolidation of recommendations from previous studies, analysis of ongoing legal aid and public interest litigation on labour rights and the commissioning of a study; and run an advocacy campaign for its adoption in the setting and review of the minimum wage and other social protections.
  • Conceptualize, contract, supervise and validate a Human Rights Impact Assessment of Horticulture value chain in consultation with project partners; organize validation for the study report and summarize the report into a policy brief.
  • Develop community trainers’ materials to address international human rights, labour rights, certification standards, global value chains, the devolved government system in Kenya and how it will impact on monitoring compliance with Kenyan labour laws and on trade unionism.
  • Train workers and their representatives on the above and support them to form democratic workers’ rights advocacy platforms.
  • Establish, maintain and share a database of relevant contacts and attend relevant meetings and trainings throughout the contractual period.
  • Supervise researchers, interns and other staff or human resources assigned to this project.
  • Ensuring timely narrative and financial reporting and financial accountability in line with KHRC’s schedules and policies.
  • Undertaking other tasks and interventions as may be assigned from time to time by your immediate supervisor.

Qualifications & Experience

To be successful in this role the post holder should possess the following competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, Economics, Public Policy, Political Science or other related disciplines.
  • A minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in labour or human rights work.
  • Experience in labour rights or offering legal aid to indigent clients and in litigation is an added advantage.
  • Strong understanding of the national, regional and international human rights and governance issues and mechanisms.
  • Ability to network with or develop a broad array of partnerships with both state and non-state actors.
  • Demonstrable experience working with or coordinating partners with community and national levels organizations and networks.
  • Proven track record in undertaking research, policy/legislative work and advocacy on governance and human rights issues.
  • Demonstrable experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods including experience of developing human rights-based indicators.
  • Good understanding of programmes and project management.
  • Willing to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision.

Personal Attributes & Skills

  • Passionate and committed to human rights including respect for diversity, integrity and transparency.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Results-driven, flexible, analytical and a practical problem solver.
  • 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 July 26, 2013.