[Vacancy] Consultancy to identify and document international and regional trends and good practices against extra judicial executions in Kenya


Protection International Africa (PIA) is recruiting an individual (or team) to conduct a study on international and regional best practices on combating extra judicial executions (EJEs).

Protection International (PI) is an international not-for-profit human rights organisation. It researches strategies and security management tools that empower human rights defenders (HRDs), organisations and communities to protect themselves. PI shares its expertise in this area with people who experience risk due to their human rights work. Human rights defenders are agents of change who strenghten free and just societies. In many parts of the world, the defence of human rights evokes pressure, threats and attacks from state and non-state actors. PI works with local human rights movements to develop strategies and programmes prevent and counter such counter pressure. PI tailors its approach to each context and profile with offices in Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya, DR Congo, Colombia, Guatemala, and Belgium.



Human rights defenders are defined as those individuals or groups that promote and protect universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms. They seek the promotion of civil and political rights as well as the promotion, protection and realization of economic, social and cultural rights. The work of human rights defenders is protected in several national, international and regional international human rights instruments.

Human rights instruments enshrine rights that the state must respect and guarantee for all persons under their jurisdiction including human rights defenders. Furthermore, there are instruments that call on states to specifically protect human rights defenders. Such instruments include the EU guidelines on protection of human rights defenders, African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) Resolution on the protection of HRDs (2004), Resolution 196 on Human Rights Defenders in Africa (2018), the UN Declaration on HRDs (Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1998)), among others.

Today, in a context marked by shrinking civic space, characterized by increased numbers of extra judicial executions of human rights defenders and other persons and instruments that provide legal framework for the protection of human rights and the work of human rights defenders, the work of human rights defenders continues to be essential for the process of monitoring, documenting and reporting of Extra Judicial Executions.

In light of the above, Protection International is seeking a consultant to identify trends and document good practices to prevent and respond to Extra Judicial Executions of HRDs and other persons.


Objectives and Scope of Work

The main reason of the proposed assignment is to identify trends and document current activities, practices and experiences by other players regionally and internationally on the prevention and response to EJEs. The consultant will:

  • Identify the different definitions of EJEs, identifying the current discourse in Kenya, the region and at the global level.
  • Identify the types and or categories of EJEs in Kenya, in the region and internationally.
  • Identify perpetrators of EJEs, the duty bearers who respond and or are expected to respond and all stakeholders who have been involved in Kenya, in the region and globally.
    • Identify the efforts of HRDS in advocating against EJEs in Kenya, in the region and at the international level.
    • Identify and document how EJEs has affected HRDs in Kenya, the region and the world at large.
  • Document past and current activities that international bodies, governments and non-governmental organizations have conducted to prevent and respond to EJEs in Kenya, in the region and internationally
  • Identify and document (globally and in Kenya) outcomes about the prevention and response to EJE, as well as main gaps and challenges experienced towards the prevention and response to EJES (and how these challenges have been approached and overcome).
  • Document any efforts towards the establishment of legal safeguards, policies or protocols on EJEs in Kenya, the regional and internationally.
  • Document any resources assigned/budgetary allocations for the prevention and response to EJEs in Kenya, the region and internationally.
  • Identify resources required for the adequate monitoring, documenting and reporting of EJEs.


Outputs/Expected Deliverables

  1. Inception report detailing the consultant understanding of the task and the methodology to be employed to complete the task
  2. Detailed report documenting trends on EJEs, current activities, practices and experiences by government and non-governmental institutions
  3. Detailed report on reviewed existing regional and international human rights instruments on EJES


Required Expertise and Qualifications

The consultant should have: 

  • A postgraduate or other advanced university degree (at least MSc. or equivalent) in law or social sciences or any other relevant domain;
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in conducting social science research;
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity development initiatives;
  • Experience of working and collaborating with stakeholders including governments, civil society and communities;
  • Demonstrated ability of analytical and report drafting work;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; Working knowledge of French will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with colleagues in a multicultural environment;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity.


Application Procedure

Qualified and interested candidates are hereby requested to apply (either as a team or individually). The application should contain the following: 

  • A technical proposal with brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment and a detailed clear methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • A cover letter including availability
  • CVs, indicating education background/professional qualifications, all past experience, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate/s and at least three (3) professional references
  • A Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs.

 Expected Starting Date:


 Duration of Assignment:

 3 months (September to November 2021)

The above should be sent to recruitment.africa [at] protectioninternational.org on or before 6 September 2021 with “Individual Consultancy EJEs Kenya” in the email subject line.

PI promotes gender equality and strongly encourages female applicants to apply for this position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please apply early.