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12 June 2017

UN Jobs - Human Rights Officer at Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Job Title:    Human Rights Officer
Organisation: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Head of Office
Job Ref. No.: 17-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-80333-J-Gulu (T)
Grade: P-3       

About OHCHR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights. The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the principal human rights official of the United Nations. The High Commissioner heads OHCHR and spearheads the United Nations’ human rights efforts. We offer leadership, work objectively, educate and take action to empower individuals and assist States in upholding human rights.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • The jobholder plans and coordinates activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective.
  • Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region or country.
  • Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators.
  • Provides support to sub-commissions, commissions and other bodies; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies.
  • Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme.
  • The incumbent will define the work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
  • Supports country military and police to develop and implement a training program in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.
  • Supervises field verification work through periodic visits; follows up on different cases and situations verified by the regional offices.
  • Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
  • Directs capacity-building efforts on human rights in region/country of assignment.
  • Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
  • May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
  • Performs any other related duties as required. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations OHCHR Human Rights Officer job placement should hold an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in the human rights field or related areas is required.
  • Previous experience in human rights monitoring, reporting and capacity building and implementing technical cooperation projects is required.
  • Work experience in Uganda is desirable.
  • Languages: fluency in oral and written English is required.

Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds ; treats all people with dignity and respect ; treats men and women equally ; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making ; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses ; does not discriminate against any individual or group
  • Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours ; acts without consideration of personal gain ; resists undue political pressure in decision-making ; does not abuse power or authority ; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular ; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour

NB: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as the Human Rights Officer should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.

Deadline: 13th June 2017

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