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Strategic Media and Communications Advisor (Wellington based)

  • Genuine interest in human rights a pre-requisite. 
  • Fast-paced and varied role. 
  • Internal and external communications expertise. 

The Human Rights Commission works for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected. The communications team plays a significant role in supporting the Commission to influence changes to human rights outcomes, so this position would suit an experienced professional who can work effectively at a high level as well as carry out the day-to-day tasks. 

To be successful in this role you will need to have a demonstrable interest in human rights. This might mean that you have worked on projects in organisations where the focus is on diversity, equity and fairness. You might have worked with vulnerable or marginalised people or you might have lived experience of one or some of the issues with which the Commission deals.  

Liaison with the media is one of the key components so the successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of print, broadcast and online media. You will be required to develop media engagement strategies, build and maintain strong relationships with journalists and support Commissioners with a range of communications including social media as they participate in public debates on human rights issues. 

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in current affairs, an understanding of the public sector and a sophisticated understanding of human rights. This understanding will help you generate ideas as to how the Commission can contribute to the conversation about human rights. Even better if you have been working in a dynamic and challenging environment where you have taken a flexible and innovative approach to problem-solving and decision making. 

This is a Wellington-based role that reports to the Communications Manager and works closely with the Commissioners. 

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Legal Officer (Wellington based)

The Human Rights Commission works for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected.    

The Commission’s Legal Team is looking for a Legal Officer to assist with general legal and research advice, Official Information Act and Privacy Act responses and coordination of activities related to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). You’ll enjoy being part of a supportive and flexible working environment, one that offers interesting and rewarding work. 

You will be part of a team which is responsible for providing expert legal and policy advice, participating in legal proceedings, undertaking research and evaluation 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. 

This is an interesting role that would suit a junior - intermediate level lawyer with a current practising certificate and a strong interest in human rights.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background in indigenous rights and experience or interest in the criminal justice sector.  

The role is full time and Wellington based.  

If you have any questions about this opportunity contact [email protected]  


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.