Senior Human Rights Advisor

Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Location
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 05

Position description

The role – Senior Human Rights Advisor has the following major responsibilities:

  • Project management – Manage donor-funded projects in human rights mainstreaming and capacity building, including implementation planning and monitoring, problem solving and budget execution, donor contract compliance, donor narrative and financial reporting. Seek future funding opportunities for RRRT with potential donors; contribute to the design and planning of new programmes and the development of funding proposals.
  • Provision of technical advice – Provide advice and technical assistance to government and civil society on human rights, gender, ending violence against women and good governance in line with SPC RRRT goals and mission; assist RRRT partner countries with ratification, reporting, and domestication of human rights treaties; provide technical advice on human rights legislation, policy and UN treaty body and UPR recommendations.
  • Capacity building – Develop training objectives and programmes based on partner needs and RRRT’s strategic objectives; plan training/mentoring/coaching programs to meet objectives; apply appropriate adult learning and capacity building principles and methodologies; deliver capacity building on thematic focal areas and key RRRT priorities including gender, disability, child rights, good governance, regional and/or national human rights mechanisms and institutions; conduct research on key regional human rights priorities including climate change, disability, LGBTQI rights, culture and human rights as required.
  • Supervision, mentoring and support for Country Focal Officers (CFO's) – Supervise performance through the provision of advice, mentoring and support for the design and delivery of national human rights strategies and training programmes and other activities; work in partnership with CFO's and supervisors to develop work and M&E plans and budgets; mentor and support CFO's, including developing capacity in human rights, advocacy and lobbying.
  • Networking and partnerships – Represent RRRT effectively at national, regional and international forums; share information on thematic areas and country human rights situations with key stakeholders; and establish, strengthen and support partnerships that advance RRRT objectives at all levels.
  • Monitoring and evaluation – Assume responsibility for assigned project areas including management, financial and donor reporting; ensure project narrative and financial reports are of high quality; ensure effective implementation of assigned project policies and clear links to the RRRT strategic plan; contribute to RRRT donor reports and key thematic area plans and reports; contribute to the design and implementation of effective MEL systems for projects.



  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant field such as law, development studies, international relations or social science, or equivalent years of experience working in a social development NGO, INGO or government setting.
  • Qualification or equivalent years of experience in project management.

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience working as a trainer and technical adviser at a senior advisory level, with a focus on human rights.
  • Experience in designing training and capacity building programmes and material on human rights and gender.
  • A firm understanding of national, regional and international human rights principles, standards, mechanisms and instruments.
  • Demonstrated experience in liaising with donors, government and civil society.
  • Experience in, and understanding of, human rights, good governance and development challenges in the Pacific Islands region.
  • Proven experience in donor liaison, proposal writing and reporting.
  • An understanding and knowledge of Pacific cultural values.
  • Experience in advocacy and lobbying for social change.
  • A solid track record in project cycle management from design to evaluation.

Essential skills

  • Experience in strategic planning.
  • Excellent people management skills, including mentoring teams and building capacity.
  • Project management and organisational skills, including an ability to establish priorities and to meet project objectives and deadlines.
  • Strong computer literacy in Microsoft Office.

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • A team player with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural and gender-sensitive setting.
  • Cultural sensitivity and a demonstrated understanding of developing country environments.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories is an advantage.

Contract Duration – Two years with possibility of extension based on role funding and performance.

Remuneration – The Senior Human Rights Advisor is a Band 11 position in SPC’s 2017 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,884‒3,605 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 8,422–10,527 (USD 4,009–5,011; EUR 3,647–4,558). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration being given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international staff employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,170–2,625 per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical and life insurance and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave and 30 days of sick leave per annum, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.

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