Commissioners of Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Body: Northern Ireland Office
Appointing Department: Northern Ireland Office
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: Belfast
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: £7500 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, the Right Honourable Brandon Lewis MP has announced the appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

Date: 01/09/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    01/09/2020 at 14:00


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 2020 when the terms of office of the current members expire.

Membership of the NIHRC is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (the ‘NIHRC’) was created by the Northern Ireland Act 1998, as part of the Belfast Agreement. Its powers and duties stem from the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007.

The Commission operates as an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Northern Ireland Office and is a key part of the architecture of human rights protections in Northern Ireland

Person Specification

Outstanding individuals are sought to become members of the NIHRC; people who have a strong commitment and understanding of human rights issues in the Northern Ireland context. 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 must be able to make a personal contribution to the work of the Commission and 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 scope and limits of the NIHRCs work in Northern Ireland, and the considerations that influence the environment in which it operates.

• 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.

Additional Information

The Northern Ireland Office is committed to the principle of appointment on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all. All application summary forms, CVs and personal statements received by the closing date will be acknowledged and put before a duly constituted Advisory Assessment Panel.

The Panel will short list candidates to be invited to interview and then make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who in turn may wish to meet those candidates recommended for appointment to each position before deciding whom to appoint.

How to Apply

Unfortunately, in the current circumstances, we are unable to accept hard copy applications by post for this competition. Applications must therefore be sent by email to:
The closing date for applications is Friday 26 June 2020.
For your application to be properly considered by the Selection Panel you must return:
● The completed application summary form, including your personal statement;
● A full CV (including education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities); and
● Monitoring Questionnaire.
If you have any questions about the campaign, please email the campaign coordinator at
NIHRC Candidate Information Booklet final
Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissioner 2020 Application Summary Form
Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissioners 2020 Diversity Monitoring Form
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