Vacancy: Project Officer, Human Rights

Vacancy: Project Officer, Human Rights


Job Title: Project Officer, Human Rights
Responsible to: Senior Programs Officer, Human Rights & Access to Justice
Duration: 2 years
Location: Abuja
Job type: Contract


The Organization

The Centre for Legal Research and Development (CLERD) is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organization established to promote the advancement of basic human rights, good governance, and inclusive development in Africa and around the world. CLERD work cooperatively, both locally and internationally, through integrated advocacy, education and capacity building, and research. CLERD has two broad thematic focuses, that is: human rights and access to justice; and good governance.

Job Description 

CLERD is currently recruiting for her projects. We are looking for a qualified candidate for the position of Project officer, Human Rights. The Project officer will play a leading role in CLERD’s efforts to provide human rights education to pupils, youth and general citizenry, and in the campaign against use of torture by law enforcement officers.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • To provide administrative and technical skills to support CLERD’s human rights projects to success and report regularly to Senior Programme Officer, Human Rights and/or Project Director.
  • The post holder will also be expected to contribute to the implementation of CLERD’s wider engagement with policy makers and other stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitoring observance of human rights. The post holder will monitors, reports on and attempts to redress violations of the civil, social, cultural and political rights basic to humankind, as defined by national and international instruments including the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This will include monitoring of institutional and organizational practices for the purpose of advocating for compliance with human rights values.
  • Human rights education. The post holder will be responsible for disseminating human right values through education to CLERD’s beneficiaries especially students in high school, tertiary institutions, and vulnerable groups in the society.
  • Redress human right violation complaints. The post holder will receive, investigate and facilitate conciliate complaints of human rights violations received from the target beneficiaries and the general populace.
  • Organize and attend project meetings. These include project review and planning meetings.
  • Maintain documents. The post holder will be responsible for maintaining crucial project documents which track project progress. S/he files all project documents in an appropriate database or library, and ensures that all documents are accurate and have been accepted by the Project lead.
  • Identify problems or risks. The post holder shall be responsible for identifying any potential issues or risks that could affect the progression of project(s). S/he will communicate these items with the project lead, and work to identify potential solutions.
  • Manage project schedule(s). The post holder will closely watch project schedule(s), monitoring deadlines for each project task. S/he checks regularly that every deadline is still possible, and reports any potential delays to the project lead.
  • Develop a good knowledge of state and national government structures, key public decision-making structures in relation to human rights, and how to engage with them.
  • Undertake periodic reviews and analysis of government policy documents on human rights and generate data, including baselines, for engagement with policy makers and wider stakeholders.
  • Contribute to formulation of key advocacy messages and targets from lessons learned, assessments, research and evidence gained from interventions.
  • Organize, implement or support trainings/dialogues on human right issues to promote observance of human right values.
  • Support systems for research, analysis and documentation that underpin evidence-based advocacy and engage with stakeholders at sub-national, national and international levels.
  • Produce reports and presentations on human rights for internal and external audiences, as directed
  • Develop and maintain a network of external contacts with key individuals in the government, United Nations and other international bodies, civil society and the media in relation to promoting human issues.
  • Represent CLERD at various human right forums and related platforms as directed.
  • Perform other tasks, as required and directed by the Project Director.

Knowledge, Experience & Qualifications

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Law, Public Administration, Political Science, or International Relations.
  • Minimum of 3 years post-graduation work experience.
  • Analytical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to multi-task in a high volume, fast pace work environment.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and independently, with a high level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure. Trouble-shoot and to meet short and long term deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience in budget and financial management.
  • Knowledge of accountability issues in promoting human rights.
  • Experience of drafting and presenting policy issues to a variety of audiences in a concise manner.
  • Experience in advocacy techniques and influencing tactics.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with partner agencies and key contacts in the government, NGO, civil society and media sectors.
  • Ability to work independently and manage project with limited supervision.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CVs and qualifying statements, explaining why they are suitable for the job, stating the position applied for as the subject of the mail to;  


Applications without appropriate subject line will be disqualified.

Applications received after the closing date, 5.00pm on Monday 24th September 2018, will not be considered.

Applications will be treated as they are received and only shortlist candidates will be contacted.

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