Our vacancies

All vacancies at the Human Rights Commission are advertised here.

Current Vacancies 

Applications are invited for the position of Strategic Advisor – Race Relations

Full-time, fixed term role to May 2018 | Auckland or Wellington-based 

You can read the Position Description  here.

This is an outstanding opportunity to lead and manage the Race Relations Commissioner’s work programme including research, advocacy, education and strategic stakeholder engagement. This role is a direct report to the Communications Manager and partners with the Race Relations Commissioner.

The successful candidate will bring the following skills and experience – 

  • A relevant University degree or minimum of 3 years’ strategic advisory experience 
  • A strong background in human rights and a sophisticated understanding of the public policy issues and community attitudes relating to human rights and race relations between people in NZ 
  • A proven ability to develop and implement strategies that influence the attitude of key audiences towards peaceful race relations 
  • Ability to lead, manage and implement a busy work programme
  • Experience in managing internal and external relationships with a variety of audiences in a challenging environment, and demonstrated success in building relationships and gaining the support and participation of key individuals and groups 
  • Experience and expertise in at least some of the methodologies and practice of research, policy development, advocacy and education 
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, prioritise and present key information and trends from various information sources 
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, national and local government and parliamentary processes
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare accessible and persuasive written material
  • Sophisticated presentation and communications skills, and experience to advocate and communicate effectively in a range of environments 
  • Understanding of, and an ability to operate effectively in, the dynamic and challenging political environment in which the Commission operates 

The full accountabilities are set out in the attached position description.

To express your interest, please email this application form together with your Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to: 

Email: humanresources@hrc.co.nz

Expressions of interest close by 10 am Wednesday, 10 February 2016. 


Applications are invited for the position of Legal Officer – Research & Monitoring

Full time, permanent role | Wellington-based 

You can read the position description here.

This is an outstanding opportunity to provide an expert research and monitoring service for the Commission and general assistance with legal activities.  The position is also responsible for coordinating the Commission’s Central National Preventive Mechanism functions pursuant to the Crimes of Torture Act 1989 and the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

The successful candidate will bring the following skills and experience – 

  • A relevant University legal  qualification – minimum LLB
  • A background in human rights, and an understanding of the public policy issues and community attitudes relating to human rights and harmonious relations between people in NZ
  • Knowledge of the international human rights framework and international treaty bodies. Good working knowledge of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture would be advantageous. 
  • Knowledge of human rights and harmonious relations, and expertise 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, prisoners and victims.
  • Proven expertise in research, analysis, monitoring and evaluation methodologies, including impact assessment
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare clear and persuasive written material, and to produce substantive reports
  • Demonstrated experience in project management
  • Experience in managing internal and external relationships with a variety of audiences in a challenging environment, and demonstrated success in building relationships and gaining the support and participation of audiences
  • Understanding of, and an ability to operate effectively in, the dynamic and challenging political environment in which the Commission operates

The full accountabilities are set out in the attached position description.

To express your interest, please email this application form together with your Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to: 

Kusum Chandrappa, Human Resources Consultant

E: humanresources@hrc.co.nz  | T: +64 4 473 9981

Expressions of interest close by 10 am, Monday, 15th February 2016.


There are currently no further vacancies advertised. If you would like to be informed about other upcoming positions in the future, please register your interest.

How to apply

Applications must be received by the close of business on the closing date. The recruitment panel is under no obligation to accept late applications. Your written application will be considered by the recruitment panel in order to short-list candidates for interview.

Please ensure your CV is up to date, clear, concise and complete while demonstrating how you could be effective in the position. The Commission encourages applications from people of all ethnicities and people with disabilities.

If you would like to be informed about other upcoming positions in the future, please register your interest.

Equal employment opportunities

The Commission has an EEO policy and is a member of the EEO Employers Group and we adhere to EEO principles in our work and recruitment. If you intend to apply, you should ensure that you meet the requirements of the position. Please read the guidelines for job applicants.

Job descriptions for vacancies are competency based – roles are described in terms of the knowledge and skills required to carry out the duties of the position. Recruitment is based on merit.