Body: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
Appointing Department: Northern Ireland Office
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: Temple Court, North Street, Belfast, BT11NA
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: £7,500 per annum.
Time Requirements: Approximately 3 days per month.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland invites applications for appointment to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

A number of appointments will be made in September 2017. These are remunerated part-time public appointments for a term of up to three years.

Further details of the responsibilities, personal qualities and competencies required are contained in the candidate information booklet.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    30/08/2017 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland invites applications for appointment to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. A number of Commissioner positions, will become vacant in September 2017 when the terms of office of the current members expire. Membership of the NIHRC is a challenging and rewarding opportunity

Key responsibilities:

All Commissioners will be expected to:

  • Ensure the Commission fulfils its functions in accordance with its statutory remit as defined in legislation.
  • Act in a way that promotes high standards of public finance, including the promotion of regularity, propriety and value for money;
  • Ensure that the Commission’s activities are conducted in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Ensure that strategies are developed for meeting the Commission’s overall objectives in accordance with Government’s policies and priorities and the wider context.
  • Monitor the Commission’s performance to ensure that it fully meets its aims, objectives and performance targets.
  • Ensure that the Commission’s control, regulation and monitoring of its activities ensure value for money within a framework of best practice, regularity and propriety.
  • Appoint the Director should this vacancy arise and ensure that his/her performance is regularly assessed against clear objectives and targets.
  • Attend Commission meetings regularly.
  • Act as representatives of the Commission as required, e.g. at events, seminars or other functions

Person Specification

Outstanding individuals are sought to become members of the NIHRC; people who have a commitment to human rights and good relations agendas. They should have an understanding of and commitment to working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders and be able to apply personal expertise in contributing to the work of the Commission. They should be committed to the need for good governance in public bodies.

 Essential Skills

Candidates for these roles will need to demonstrate:

  • The ability to build productive and respectful relationships with fellow Commissioners, senior stakeholders and diverse communities.
  • Knowledge of human rights law and of the considerations that influence the environment in which the NIHRC works and an ability to make a personal contribution to the work of the Commission.
  • The ability to analyse information and exercise judgement across a broad spectrum of policy and high level human rights issues; and
  • A reputation for personal integrity, professional conduct and credibility, with an exceptional sense of propriety.

The Appointment Panel will assess your suitability for appointment by comparing the information you give in your CV and personal statement against the essential skills and person specification. You should therefore review the skill requirements as detailed above before preparing your CV and personal statement.

How to Apply

The information pack, including application form is attached below.

Alternatively, application material can be obtained by telephoning 028 9076 5424 or by e-mail

 The closing date for applications is Friday 31 March 2017. Late applications will not be accepted

This information can be made available, on request, in other formats.

NIHRC 2017 - Application Summary Form
Guaranteed Interview Scheme Form
NIHRC 2017 Candidate Information Pack
NIHRC 2017 - Monitoring Form
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