Technical Expert: Human Rights Institutions (Pakistan)

Category:                          Short-term Consultant

Location:                           Karachi, Pakistan, with possibility to travel parts of Sindh

Contract Period:              3 months assignment: September – November 2018



Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide. With support from the German Federal Foreign Office, DRI Pakistan is currently implementing a project entitled “Supporting Advocacy for Human Rights, Good Governance and Elections in Pakistan”. The project aims to support Pakistan’s state institutions, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and civil society to formulate, implement and advocate for priority human rights and democratic reforms.

The Assignment

The Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC), established in 2013 under the Sindh Protection of Human Rights Act 2011 is mandated to promote and protect human rights in Sindh province of Pakistan. The SHRC is one of the significant sub-national human rights bodies and is relatively independent and empowered to act against human rights violations. The Commission is mandated, inter alia, to enquire about or take suo-moto actions against human rights violations, inspect places of detentions, and propose policy/legislative and remedial recommendations to the government.

The SHRC, despite numerous challenges, is leading to fulfil its mandate and to achieve its institutional strategic objectives, for which it requires support in institutional development, outreach to communities and relationship building with stakeholders across Sindh province.

DRI as part of its ongoing support to the NHRIs, is providing technical support to the SHRC in implementing its strategic plan thereby enabling the commission to fulfil its mandate to promote and protect human rights in Sindh.

Tasks and Deliverables

DRI seeks services of a Pakistan-based expert to provide institutional support to the SHRC in the following disciplines:

  1. Provide technical support to the SHRC in improving the Commission’s compliant handling system;
  2. Support SHRC in designing and implementing its Strategy/Action Plan and to coordinate with stakeholders and to reach out communities;
  3. Provide support to the SHRC in designing human rights education/awareness curriculum and organising human rights education/awareness and capacity development events;
  4. Support SHRC in conducting research or policy/legislative review of key human rights issues, as assigned by the SHRC;
  5. Support SHRC’s Chairperson in monitoring of the SHRC’s Strategic Plan / Work Plan and propose recommendations for improved functioning of the Commission;
  6. Perform any other task(s) assigned by the SHRC.


Qualifications and Experience

  • A university degree in Human Rights/Political Science, International Law, or equivalent;
  • Excellent understanding of international human rights framework, NHRIs and Pakistan’s relevant policies, laws and systems;
  • Demonstrated experience in providing institutional support (particularly to the NHRIs), human rights research, and review/analysis of policy and legislative frameworks;
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to work under pressure.


For interested candidates, please submit your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected] with “Technical Expert: Human Rights Institutions (Pakistan)” as the subject line. For applicants whose expertise is suitable for a specific aspect of the assignment/deliverables, please express this in your email and/or cover letter.

Closing date for applications: 27 August 2018.

DRI values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

This position may be filled before the end of the deadline, so early applications are encouraged.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

DRI reserves the right to re-advertise for or cancel the recruitment of this position at any time, or to offer appointment at a position lower than the one advertised or offer the position with a modified job description or period of engagement. This is a locally recruited position. DRI offers a competitive remuneration according to donor regulations and incumbent experience.

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