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28 May 2014

Programme Advisor – Labour Rights & Horticulture Job in Kenya

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is a premier Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which was founded in 1991 and registered in Kenya in 1994 with a mandate to entrench human rights and democratic values in the society.

The KHRC envisions a human rights state and society with a mission to foster human rights, democratic values, human dignity and social justice.

This vision and mission is driven by the goal and new mandate of enhancing human rights centred governance at all levels.

KHRC seeks to recruit dynamic, organized, motivated and results-oriented individual.


The following position will be based in Nairobi: 

Programme Advisor – Labour Rights & Horticulture

Overall purpose of the job:

  • To contribute to the fulfillment of the organization’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives by providing technical leadership in designing and implementing KHRC’s Labour Rights and Horticulture Project in line with the organizational plans, policies and procedures.
  • Contractual Period: Two years renewable contract based on performance and availability of funds
  • Target Group: County, National, regional and international levels state and non-state actors.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Programme Manager, Economic and Social Rights Program (ESR), the post holder will:-

  • Living Wage: ‘Good for workers & farmers; Good for business’ Campaign
  • Build the capacity, governance and performance of the workers’ and small scale farmers organizations for better representation and to directly negotiate terms of employment and trade along select international supply chains;
  • Ensure small scale farmers achieve more predictable and secure incomes from their horticulture activities as a result of their participation in and support provided by well-organised effective farmer representative groups
  • Ensure workers improve their terms of employment as a result of their participation in and support provided by well-organised effective worker representative group
  • Improve livelihoods of small scale farmers and workers through review, adoption and implementation of progressive practices by Kenyan and UK governments, policies and laws.
  • Improve engagement of all supply chain actors in the targeted supply chain (farmers, farm workers, Packhouse workers, exporter, importer, and retailer) to develop a model of good practice for fairer benefits, risk sharing and respect for human rights in perishable product supply chains.
  • Collaborate with trade union and other stakeholders to implement trade union reforms amongst the low cadre horticulture (pack-house and farm) workers) in Meru among other Counties;
  • Initiate and oversee research initiatives with special focus on access to economic and social rights including employment creation and poverty alleviation;
  • Develop annual scorecards on the state of labour rights and trade justice for small scale farmers and use these to campaign for evidence based progressive realisation of their economic and social rights;
  • Lead advocacy and relevant treaty body reporting for the review, enactment and enforcement of law, policy and practice at all levels towards improving the livelihoods of small scale farmers and workers.

Strategic Partnerships and Important Opportunities on Labour Rights and Horticulture

  • Create and sustain a strong citizen/ grassroots-based and national network/ movement of workers and small scale farmers in Kenya.
  • Establish and maintain vibrant civil society advocacy platforms to advocate for trade justice interests of small-scale farmers and workers in Meru County and beyond;
  • Establish and maintain databases for the key partners and attend relevant meetings and trainings throughout the contractual period.
  • Foster rapid and sustainable response to important opportunities so as to positively influence workers and farmers’ issues among other economic and social rights at all levels.

Programmatic Effectiveness, Accountability and Donor Liaison at All Levels

  • Ensure team work and support to other programmes of the Commission.
  • Attend and/ organize the relevant institutional and donor related meetings.
  • Prepare institutional and donor related work plans on monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.
  • Mobilize and utilize resources for the requisite projects and interventions.
  • Develop and submit timely and quality reports (both narrative and financial)to the KHRC and specific donors in line with the existing policies and reporting schedules.

Supervisory Tasks and Other Responsibilities

  • Supervise and support the Programme Assistant, Trade Justice in Horticulture sector, project specific consultants and interns.
  • Undertake other tasks and interventions as may be assigned from time to time by your immediate supervisor.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, Economics, Public Policy and 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 relating to labor rights is an added advantage
  • Strong understanding of the national, regional and international human rights and governance issues and mechanisms.
  • 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
  • Demonstrable experience working with or coordinating partners with community and national levels organizations and networks.
  • Good understanding of programmes and project management.
  • Proficiency in MS office, and experience in SPSS shall be an added advantage.
  • Willing to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision;

Personal Attributes and 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 vacancies@khrc.or.ke quoting the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line.

The closing date for this position is on June 06, 2014.

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 applicants will be contacted.

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