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About Us

Vision

Neither Greater Nor Lesser but EQUAL: Dignity, Equality and Freedom for all in Fiji

Mission

To take a lead role in the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights for all in Fiji To build, strengthen and sustain a human rights culture in Fiji

Values

The Commission is committed to:

Our Responsibilities

Section 45 (4) of the Fijian Constitution bestows the Commission with the following responsibilities:

The Commission

Pravesh Sharma

Chairperson and Proceedings Commissioner

Mr. Pravesh Sharma graduated with a Law Degree from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is admitted to both the High Court of New Zealand and the High Court of Fiji. He has worked in private practice in Fiji; initially with Munro Leys and then later with R. Patel Lawyers. He has also practised as a Corporate Solicitor and as a Prosecutor in Wellington, New Zealand.

Since May 2015, Mr. Sharma has been running his own Firm, Victoria Chambers in Suva, Fiji. His main areas of practice are Criminal and Family Law Litigation. Mr. Sharma has special interest in Criminal Appeals.

In September 2018, Mr. Sharma was appointed a Commissioner with the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission; and in March 2019, Mr. Sharma was appointed Proceedings Commissioner.

In February 2022, Mr. Sharma was appointed Chairperson of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission.

In July 2022, Mr. Sharma was appointed a Member of the Fiji Dental Professional Conduct Committee.

Parvez Akbar

Commissioner

Mr. Akbar began his career in 1995 as a Barrister and Solicitor in Nadi, Fiji where he worked as a lawyer in various areas of the law, including Criminal law, Commercial law, Family law, Civil law and Personal Injuries law. He appeared at all levels in Fiji’s courts and is admitted to the High Courts of New Zealand, Australia and Fiji and holds a practising certificate in Fiji.

He initially worked for a firm in Nadi and later established his own law firm. He served as a Councillor with Nadi Town Council during his tenure in Nadi.

From 2002,  he worked in New Zealand, specializing in Accident Compensation, Employment Law, Health & Safety Law, Privacy Law and Human Rights Law. He has successfully provided legal advice and representation at various levels in his specialist areas, including Mediation, Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and as Counsel in the Court of Appeal in New Zealand.

Mr. Akbar held the position of Senior Solicitor in the Employers & Manufacturers’ Association Legal team in Auckland, New Zealand until 2011. In this role he provided legal support to a diverse group of businesses, ranging from small to medium enterprises to larger national, Trans-Tasman and global organisations. This role also included making submissions to the New Zealand government in respect of law reform on behalf of employers.

He then took up the opportunity to join Westpac New Zealand as Head of Employment Law, and Health, Safety & Wellbeing, and was later appointed Head of Employment Relations, and Safety & Wellbeing at NZ Post Group. In these roles he provided legal and strategic advice, and legal representation on Accident Compensation, Employment Law, and Health and Safety Law.

In these organisations Mr. Akbar was successful in establishing a stable and progressive industrial relations environment and contributed towards the considerable improvement in safety performance and culture.

Having successfully undertaken external and in house roles, Mr. Akbar established his own practice, where he provided legal advice, legal representation, coaching and training in his specialist areas of expertise.

In January 2018 Mr. Akbar commenced his role as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Compensation Commission, Fiji. He is the current Board Chair of Air Terminal Services (Fiji) Pte Ltd, Board Director of the Land Transport Authority of Fiji and Board member of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service.

He has recently also been appointed Commissioner of the Human Rights and Anti- Discrimination Commission.

Lanieta Tuimabu

Lanieta Tuimabu

Commissioner

Commissioner Tuimabu is a disability rights activist. She has served as the President of the United Blind Persons of Fiji for two consecutive terms. She has also served on Pacific Disability Forum Board and is currently a serving board trustee of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre. She is also a board trustee for Live and Learn Fiji. Commissioner Tuimabu believes in women’s empowerment and equality, in particular women and girls with disabilities.
NIcole Daniela

Nicole Daniels

Secretary to the Board

With a background in information and organizational management Commissioner Nicole Daniels has had the opportunity to work in several industries, including military, engineering, technical, non- governmental and publishing. Ms. Nicole’s passion for working with children has led her to earn an MBA and over ten years of publishing experience, over twenty years of information and knowledge management, and web content management and design.
Sureni Perera

Sureni Perera

Commissioner

Commissioner Perera is a special educator with 20 years’ experience in social and community development in Sri Lanka and Fiji. She currently heads the Frank Hilton Organization in Suva that provides a wide range of services in education, health and community development and works at community level to build systems of support that promote equity and inclusion for children with disabilities and their families.

Ashwin Raj

Director

Formerly an academic, Mr. Ashwin Raj is the Director of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission. He was the Chairperson of the Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) from 2013-2019. Mr Raj has also served on the boards of civil society organizations such as the Citizens Constitutional Forum. In 2021, he was appointed by the Commonwealth Secretariat to the Standing Group of Independent Experts on the Commonwealth Principles on freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance.

Our Team

Ashwin Raj

Director

Parmeshwaran Prasad

Manager Corporate & Human Resources (Actg)
Manager Education

Laisiasa Rogoyawa

Manager Education & Advocacy (Actg)
Mithleshni

Mithleshni Gurdayal

Manager Complaints (Actg) / Communications officer

Varanisese Dominiko

Accountant (Actg)

Tiko Nobis

Investigations Officer, Complaints Division

Irene Yuen

Education and Training Officer
Sarita

Sarita Kashyap

Librarian/Research Officer
Manu Volavola

Manu Volavola

Receptionist/Administration Staff
Marika

Marika Tabaki

Driver/Support Staff

Vacancies

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination (‘Commission’) is established pursuant to section 45 of the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji (Promulgation) Act 2013, as well as the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Act 2009. The Commission is mandated to ensure the human rights of all persons in Fiji are protected and promoted, and the public is educated about the nature and content of human rights.

The Commission seeks to employ the services of a suitably qualified and experienced individual for the position of  DIRECTOR.

The Director is responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership to ensure the effective delivery of the Commission’s constitutional and statutory obligations. The Director will build, maintain and enhance partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, both locally and internationally and secure compliance with the Paris Principles.

Key Responsibilities
The Director will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
  • ensuring that the Commission’s primary role to promote and protect the human rights of all Fijians is achieved and maintained at all levels of society in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji (Promulgation) Act 2013,the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Act 2009 and any other relevant legislation;
  • developing, implementing and reviewing the Commission’s Strategic and Corporate Plans. This task is to be undertaken with the Chairperson and members of the Commission;
  • formulating and implementing policies, and providing operational, financial and organisational performance reports in a timely manner to the Commission;
  • ensuring that the Commission’s functions are conducted with honesty, integrity and in a timely and professional manner;
  • overall supervision and management of the organisation including planning, deploying resources, budgeting and human capital needs assessment in consultation with the Chairperson and members of the Commission; and
  • participation and presentation of submissions and speeches from a human rights perspective at various forums, including Parliamentary Standing Committees and regional and international meetings, and other events/activities on human rights;
  • leading and motivating staff to advance employee engagement, and developing a high performing team.
Qualifications and Experience
The successful applicant:
  • must hold a tertiary qualification, preferably a Bachelor’s Degree in either Law, Political Science, Public Office Administration and/or Governance & Human Rights;
  • must have experience either at Director level or at an executive leadership level transitioning into the Director role. The person must have expertise and experience in a broad range of contemporary leadership skills, such as financial and business management, business intelligence, case management system, ability to read and interpret legislation and operate in an environment governed by legislation.
  • must have the capability to make representations at parliamentary standing committees, and other public forums;
  • must be a strategic thinker with the ability to identify, manage and mitigate risks;
  • must have excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills to build strong relationships, foster stakeholder engagement, create new partnerships and drive a culture of excellence and service;
The successful applicant will be required to furnish a medical certificate and police clearance as a condition of employment. Remuneration

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a three (3) year contractual position which may be renewed at the Commission’s discretion.

The Human Rights and Anti-Discriminations Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from all eligible and qualified persons.

All applications are to include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates, academic transcripts and references, and addressed as follows:

CONFIDENTIAL
VACANCY – DIRECTOR

The Chairperson,
Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission,
Ground Floor, Naibati House, 9 Goodenough Street
Suva
or
CONFIDENTIAL
VACANCY DIRECTOR
The Chairperson,
Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission
Private mail Bag
Suva

Applications may also be submitted through e mail to : vacancies@fhradc.org.fj Subject caption- “CONFIDENTIAL VACANCY DIRECTOR”

Applications must be submitted no later than 4.00pm on 2nd of January 2023. Late application will not be considered.
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