Pacific Rights Focus - Human Rights Advisor / Senior Advisor

New Zealand Human Rights Commission

  • Full Time
  • Auckland

Human Rights Advisor | Kaitohu Tika Tangata 

Senior Human Rights Advisor | Kaitohu Matua Tika Tangata 

  • Pacific rights focus
  • Permanent position; Open to flexible working arrangements
  • Salary band - Advisor: $76,900 – $104,100 Senior Advisor: $90,000 – $121,800 

About the role: 

Human Rights Advisors take a Tiriti-based human rights approach to delivering strategic advocacy, analysis and research for the promotion of human rights in Aotearoa New Zealand.  We particularly seek someone who has excellent experience working with Pacific communities. 

As a Human Rights Advisor, you will work closely with Commissioners, advocating for civil, political, and social rights for all people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our advisors engage with government decision-makers and community leaders, and support Commissioners to do the same. 

Our advisers provide evidence-informed research and skilled policy analysis, to communicate clearly about human rights, and to deliver and manage human rights projects. This role is fast-moving, so you should be adaptable and comfortable operating in an environment that is constantly changing.

This role is a generalist human rights role that will provide support in a variety of projects, with a focus on Pacific peoples Human Rights and supporting the responsible Commissioner in their mahi. We welcome applicants with a broad range of relevant lived experience including disabled people and people from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

About the Human Rights Commission: 

The Commission is Aotearoa New Zealand’s National Human Rights Institution. We promote human rights for all/whakamana tangata. We work for a free, fair, safe and just Aotearoa New Zealand, where diversity is valued, and human dignity and rights are respected. The Commission seeks to work in a Tiriti-based way, and we value skills and knowledge to support that approach, including understanding of te Ao Māori. 

We are committed to building diversity, cultural competence, accessibility and inclusion in our workplace. To this end we are seeking applicants from a diverse applicant pool including those with a range of lived experiences.

Our values:

Our values guide how we behave as an organisation and as individuals to achieve our mission:

  • Mana Tangata – human dignity
  • Māia, tika, pono – courage and integrity
  • Whanaungatanga – relationships

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of strategic advocacy to promote human rights
  • Understanding the relevance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to the role, and what it means to be part of a Tiriti based organisation
  • Expertise in at least some of the Commission’s priority areas, particularly e.g. business and human rights, right to decent housing, indigenous rights, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, right to health, equal employment opportunities, right to education, and the rights of disabled people, Pacific People, Rainbow communities, women, migrants, refugees, children, older people, and prisoners
  • Willingness to work across different areas of advocacy, including project and stakeholder management
  • The ability to engage with a broad range of community members, businesses, unions, government agencies, and civil society organisations
  • Awareness of relevant legislation and research
  • Languages additional to English, skills in policy advice, community engagement, and advocacy would also be beneficial.      

About the team: 

The Advisory and Research team is a team of specialist human rights advisors and researchers working to promote the human rights of everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

The team promotes human rights through:

  • Focused and effective external engagement,
  • Delivery of strategic interventions and advocacy, 
  • Using research and data to advocate for improving human rights in Aotearoa New Zealand,
  • Engaging in international monitoring of Aotearoa New Zealand’s implementation of human rights treaties and conventions,
  • Influencing policy development and legislation.

Applications:

To download a job description, please click here.

We celebrate diversity. 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 a range of lived experiences. We welcome applications from disabled people, and from people with diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. 

Please let us know, if any of our processes pose a barrier for you, or there is any support or assistance that would facilitate your participation in the application process.  the job description and this advertisement are available in alternative formats and can be provided on request.

To apply – please complete the application form when clicking “apply now”. Please ensure you include your cover letter and CV in your application. If you would like to get in touch with the People and Culture Team at the Human Rights Commission please email humanresources@hrc.co.nz

Please note that this role is located in Auckland.

Applications close at midnight, 25 October 2020.

Applicants must have legal working rights in Aotearoa New Zealand.

 

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