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21 April 2016

UN Careers - Human Rights Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Reports to: Assistant Protection Officer
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Post Grade: SB4 

About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.  UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Keenly monitor key ESCR concerns in the country (health and education in particular, but also, land and Housing);
  • Carry out research on the state of implementation of ESCR State obligations and in this regard support treaty body reporting obligations on ESCR issues as well as civil society initiatives on alternative reporting.
  • Based on gaps identified through monitoring and research, assist OHCHRs advocacy measures and develop tailored capacity building workshops for relevant officials and CSOs;
  • Carry out HRBA trainings for Government Officials, UN and CSOs;
  • Establish and maintain contacts with UN agencies and local and international NGOs to share information and coordinate strategizing on ESCR issues;
  • Ensure the integration of gender perspectives and attention to specific women/girls rights issues within all human rights activities;
  • Provide input into the Office Annual work plan;
  • Provide input into weekly, monthly, ESCR and ad hoc/special issue reports, as well as any other reports requested by the supervisor;
  • Render support in monitoring implementation of resources and policies at the national level on access, availability and quality of basic services in ESCRs
  • Offer technical support in the implementation and development of strategies in support of Government in integration of human rights and HRBA in development plans, policies and programmes.
  • Support the Office work in analysis of ESCR related documents, briefs, policies and plans in order to ensure that they integrate human rights. 
  • Actively participate in any other activities related to ESCRs human rights and development area
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of the personal under your supervision.
  • Perform any other duties as required by the Head of Office and/or Field Coordinator.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Human Rights Officer job opportunity should hold an advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in field and headquarters locations at national and international levels in the human rights field, including in the cause and resolution of human rights conflicts in accordance with international standards.
  • Language and IT Skills: Fluency in English, with excellent communication skills and drafting ability.

Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Good knowledge of and exposure to a wide range of human rights issues especially on ESCR. Good knowledge of national institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights.  A good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in assigned region/country; sound knowledge and understanding of UN human rights instruments and procedures.  Experience in working independently with minimal supervision in remote locations and as part of a small team in hardship conditions.
  • Communication: Good communication (spoken, written and presentation) skills, including the ability to produce a variety of written reports in a clear, concise style to external audiences, to build/maintain effective partnerships.
  • Planning and Organizing: ability to establish priorities and to plan work assignments, juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines, preparing expenditure requests and monitoring expenditure against budget allocation.
  • Teamwork: proven interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural-ethnic environment and sensitivity and respect for diversity.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.

Deadline: 27th April 2016

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