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Human Rights Advisor / Senior Human Rights Advisor | Kaitohu Tika Tangata / Kaitohu Matua Tika Tangata

Human Rights Commission
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Social, welfare & community
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Human Rights Advisor / Senior Human Rights Advisor

 Kaitohu Tika Tangata / Kaitohu Matua Tika Tangata  

  • Auckland or Wellington based roles
  • We are open to flexible work arrangements

The Human Rights Commission is growing. With four Commissioners now on board, and a new strategic direction emerging, we are seeking to add to our specialist human rights advisory team. 

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 New Zealand. Our advisers provide evidence informed research and skilled policy analysis, to communicate clearly about human rights, and to deliver and manage human rights projects.

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

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of strategic advocacy to promote national and international human rights
  • Understanding of te Tiriti and its impact on the Commission's work
  • Expertise in at least some of the Commission's priority areas, 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 Peoples, 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, business, unions, Government agencies, and civil society organisations
  • Awareness of relevant legislation and research
  • Languages additional to English, lived experience, and 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 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 New Zealand
  • Engaging in international monitoring of New Zealand's implementation of human rights treaties and conventions
  • Influencing policy development and legislation

About the Human Rights Commission: 

The Commission is New Zealand's National Human Rights Institution. We promote human rights for all. We work for a free, fair, safe and just 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.


We are open to applicants with a broad range of relevant experience, based in Auckland or Wellington, and we are open to flexible working.

We celebrate diversity. We welcome applications from disabled people, and from people with diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. 

If you require assistance or support through the application process, please let us know, so that we can accommodate this. Other accessible formats can also be provided.

To download a job decription, visit our Vacancies Page at:

TO APPLY: please email your cover letter and curriculum vitae to:

Euan Dempsey, Manager People & Culture at 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 31 October 2019, 5pm.  

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