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Senior Human Rights Advisor - Full time, permanent role | Wellington based 

The Human Rights Commission Te Kāhui Tika Tangata is New Zealand’s national human rights institution. The Commission helps people in Aotearoa New Zealand to know and realise their own and other’s human rights by putting human rights at the heart of decision-making in New Zealand.

Here is an exciting opportunity to deliver a programme of strategic advocacy, advice, research, monitoring and external engagement that contributes to the Commission’s strategic priorities and work programme. You will advise and support the Disability Rights Commissioner and work closely with other members of the Advisory and Research team. You will 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 Advisory and Research Team that works to design and deliver actions which support improvement of the human rights of all New Zealanders.

The successful candidate will bring the following skills and experience –

  • Lived experience of disability (including mental health issues) and experience working with the disability community is desirable. This includes physical, mental, intellectual and sensory impairments. 
  • Specialist practice expertise in disability rights
  • Experience in leadership and management is desired
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • A strong background in human rights and a sophisticated understanding of the public policy issues and community attitudes relating to human rights and harmonious relations between people in NZ
  • An advanced understanding of the machinery of government. Well established networks across government is desirable
  • Strategic leadership skills and an in-depth understanding of the disability rights sector
  • Knowledge of human rights and harmonious relations, and expertise in 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
  • A proven ability to develop and implement strategies that influence the attitude of key audiences towards human rights and harmonious relations and promote a human rights culture
  • Experience and expertise in at least some of the methodologies and practice of community engagement, community development, human rights education, or advocacy 
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, national and local government and parliamentary processes
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare accessible and persuasive written material
  • Expertise in the methodologies and practice for at least some of community engagement, community development, human rights education, or advocacy and engagement with national and local government and other duty bearers and in parliamentary and public policy processes

Read the full job description 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, 2 April 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.