2 United Nations OHCHR Social Careers – Human Rights Officers

Organisation: The Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Duty Station: Gulu, Moroto Uganda
Reports to: Head of Office
Job Ref. No.: 54310
Grade: P-3        
About OHCHR:
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.
Job Summary: The Human Rights Officer will be responsible for
ensuring the liaison, coordination and follow-up of all human rights activities
of the sub office field teams in the UN Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Moroto and Gulu.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be
responsible for the following duties:
  • Carry out substantive research and analysis
    of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human
    rights situation in assigned region or country.
  • Define work plan for area assigned in
    accordance with established terms of reference. Advocate with relevant
    authorities including local government and security sector institutions,
    on human rights compliance.
  • Collect and analyse human rights data and
    indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data
    and indicators.
  • Support the country military and police to
    develop and implement a training program in the field of human rights,
    democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.
  • Make sure that the human rights issues,
    including gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into
    political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme.
  • Oversee the field verification work through
    periodic visits; follow up on different cases and situations verified by
    the regional offices.
  • Represent UN human rights programme at
    working level meetings.
  • Oversee capacity-building efforts on human
    rights in region/country of assignment.
  • Prepare and submit a variety of reports,
    communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
  • May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidates for the United Nations
    OHCHR Human Rights Officer Jobs should hold an advanced university degree
    (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international
    relations, social sciences or related area. A first-level university
    degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience
    may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least five years of progressively
    responsible experience in human rights is required. Field experience is
  • Languages: Fluency in English is required.
    Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights issues and
    ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial,
    gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional
    mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and
    procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify
    and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to
    identify sources for data collection, research and analyze information and
    draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information
    from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation
    in the area of assignment. 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.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and
    effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others
    and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits
    interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style
    and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information
    and keeping people informed.
  • 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 Organizing: 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.
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:
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 February, 2016

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