PROGRAM OFFICER – EDUCATION & LITIGATION –
Terms of Employment –
Short Term Contract – 1 Year
OVERVIEW OF THE ORGANIZATION
Economic and Social Rights Centre
(Hakijamii) is a national human rights organization that works with
marginalized groups to claim their economic, social and cultural rights and
improve their likelihoods. It is registered as NGO under the NGO Coordination
Act. It is headed by an Executive Director and has its secretariat in Nairobi.
The organization has strategic community partners in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kwale,
Garissa, Kakamega, Mombasa and Isiolo.
established strategic partnerships that include being a founding member of the
Kenya Land Alliance, member of Shelter Forum, the Urban Housing Coalition and a
founding member of the International Network on Economic and Social Rights.
envisions a society that is free of discrimination, exploitation and injustice
and its mission is to strengthen the capacity of people’s organizations to
effective and directly participate in advocating and realizing their economic,
social and cultural rights in Kenya. Throughout its existence the organization
has been guided by the goal of promoting social movements to engage in
realizing and promoting human rights-centered practices and policies. Its
strategic objectives are:
Organize and strengthen the capacities of marginalized community
groups for effective socio-economic rights advocacy.
Advocate for development and implementation of pro – poor esc rights
policies through resource allocation and utilization of relevant national &
Create an esc rights knowledge hub through publication and
dissemination on digital and traditional platforms
Deepen and diversify strategic
partnerships at national and international level to scale-up esc rights
Strengthen organizational, efficiency, monitoring and innovative
learning on esc rights
Hakijamii has been expanding its work to
address the new opportunities and challenges presented in advocating and
litigating socio-economic rights especially on the right to education.
Hakijamii now seeks to recruit a Program Officer, Education and Litigation to
advance the cause of social justice in Kenya.
This position’s function will be to engage
in policy issues and provide opinion in relation to realization of right to
education and other socio-economic rights. The successful candidate will be
responsible for reviewing the current legislation, and policies by identifying
the gaps and providing recommendation towards realization the progressive
realization the right to education. The person shall, among other things help
in developing simplified training materials on right to education to be used by
community networks and identifying strategic cases for litigation.
Engage in policy, advocacy and strategic litigation on ESC rights in
Undertake legal research on the relevant areas on economic and
social rights that Hakijamii works on.
Review new and existing litigation cases and spearhead them in
Assist the Executive Director in carrying out her/his functions by
providing legal advice on emerging issues on economic and social rights and
making recommendations in relation to a range of possible actions.
Form and maintain good working relationships with all key partners
including community partners, donors and government.
Identify, file and follow up on high impact cases on economic and
social right as may from time to time be determined by the Organization.
Conduct research on the Project’s priority areas and track
developments relating to the right to education and public interest litigation
on ESC rights nationally and internationally.
Draft reports, policy briefs and advocacy tools for education
practitioners, to promote human rights-based approach on education & other
Engage with project partners, management and network with
stakeholders (e.g., human rights lawyers, academics, civil society
organizations, community networks, national and county government etc.)
Contribute to the Project’s fundraising proposals and strategic
Prepare write ups /report on general
information on the right to education and public interest litigation on ESC
rights to be uploaded into the organizational website which serves as a
Coordinate publication of quarterly newsletters.
Conduct training workshops on the right to education and public
interest litigation cases.
Organize roundtables networking events and other activities to
achieve the goal of the organization.
Works together with Hakijamii management team for program
Develops work plans and progress reports as required by Hakijamii,
donors and other partners
Identify and pursue fundraising opportunities, under the guidance of
Hakijamii’s overall fundraising programme.
Represent the organization to NGO partners, government officials,
funding sources, other partners, beneficiaries, and at conferences and other outreach
Ensure continuous monitoring and evaluation of activities, reviews
and finalize program reports.
To undertake all such other functions as may, from time to time, be
directed by the Executive Director.
Have solid experience in international human rights, advocacy,
social justice or related areas, with a good knowledge of economic, social and
cultural rights especially education rights.
Have a strong research background
Have an understanding of the challenges faced in implementing
economic, social rights and cultural able to demonstrate knowledge of how the
law can address those challenges, including use of court procedures and other
Have the capacity to establish and develop a litigation policy that
can meet the aims of the organization;
Demonstrate the capacity of analyzing complex legal problems
rigorously and from all angles, showing practical judgment as well as academic
Have the vision to clearly articulate legal cases on economic,
social and cultural rights in order to seek and secure long-term sustainable
enforcement of these rights.
Possess a broad understanding of contemporary issues and challenges
in implementing economic, social and cultural right (ESC Rights).
Demonstrate knowledge of how the law and policies can address
economic and social rights issues.
Understanding of human rights-based monitoring, campaigning and
Ability to frame complex policies, human
rights and legal strategies.
Good interpersonal, public relation and networking skills.
Have the necessary skills to liaise with funders on progress towards
clearly defined outcomes;
Excellent analytical and research skills with exemplary writing
Be self-motivated and well-organized
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, to deliver
under pressure and meet strict deadlines
Flexible and easy-going, but hard working and deeply committed to
Willing to travel regularly.
Excellent verbal and written communication (English and Kiswahili)
and computer skills (Microsoft Office Programs).
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor degree in Law.
Be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Post Graduate Diploma from Kenya School of Law
Knowledge in litigating on constitutional matters will be an added
At least 2 years working experience in a not for profit organization
Closing date for receipt of applications is
close of business on Friday,25th October 2019.
Interested applicants must submit 1) a cover
letter and (2) a current curriculum vitae addressed to
Executive Director, Economic & Social Rights Centre – Hakijamii, P.O Box
11356-00100 Nairobi-Kenya. All application should be sent via email to email@example.com. Kindly visit our website on www.hakijamii.comfor more information about the job
Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Hakijamii does not charge
any fees for recruitment process and has NOT assigned any recruiting firm to
act on its behalf.
Canvassing will lead to