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Senior Legal Adviser - Full time, permanent role | Wellington-based

Here is an exciting opportunity to provide expert legal advice across a wide range of human rights related issues. You will provide support and assistance to the Commission’s Chief Legal Adviser and work closely with the Auckland based Senior Legal Adviser, other members of the legal team, the Chief Executive and all four Human Rights Commissioners. You’ll enjoy being part of a supportive and flexible work environment, one that offers interesting and rewarding work. 

You will be part of the Commission’s Legal, Research and Monitoring team which is responsible for providing expert advice on legal and policy matters, participating in legal proceedings, undertaking research for the Commission, preparing submissions for Select Committees, liaising with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and monitoring New Zealand’s compliance with international human rights obligations.

The successful candidate will bring the following skills and experience:

  • A relevant University legal qualification – minimum LLB
  • Current legal practising certificate
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of the Human Rights Act 1993 and broader human rights law – specific expertise is desirable in at least one of the Commission’s priority areas including race relations, indigenous rights, human rights dimensions of the Treaty of Waitangi, Equal Employment Opportunities, and the rights of disabled people, sexual minorities, women, children and prisoners.
  • Knowledge of the international human rights framework and international treaty bodies
  • Proven expertise in research, analysis, monitoring and evaluation methodologies,
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare clear and persuasive written material, and to produce substantive reports
  • Experience in managing internal and external relationships with a variety of audiences and demonstrated success in building relationships and gaining the support and participation of stakeholders

For a full position description, please click here.

To express your interest, please send your CV and covering letter to Kusum Chandrappa, Manager – People and Support at [email protected] 

Expressions of interest close by 5 pm, 22 January 2018.


The Human Rights Commission has four major statutory functions: to advocate and promote respect for, and an understanding and appreciation of, human rights in New Zealand society; to encourage the maintenance and development of harmonious relations between individuals and among the diverse groups in New Zealand society; to provide an enquiries and complaints service, and to promote equal employment opportunities.  We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and, to build a strong and diverse workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool including those with lived experience.