UN Human Rights Officer Job Opportunities – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:   Human
Rights Officer
Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Job Opening Number: 18-Human
Rights Affairs-OHCHR-91611-J-Kampala (X)
Post Grade: P4 
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: Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible
for the following duties:
  • Keenly
    reviews, monitors and evaluates activities relating to the implementation
    of international human rights instruments, including recommendations of
    treaty bodies and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council.
  • Supports
    the work of treaty-established bodies and extra-conventional mechanisms
    and special procedures.
  • The
    jobholder prepares relevant human rights parts of reports for the General
    Assembly, HRC, etc. notes on the status of ratification of human rights
    instruments, etc.
  • Works
    with UN and non-governmental programmes in the country/region to integrate
    human rights, including their gender dimensions in their programs; helps
    design and implements the human rights program and designs the
    organization and focus of the evaluation.
  • Ensures
    up-to-date information regarding substantive matters in the field of human
    rights and makes recommendations on actions to take.
  • Makes
    contact with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations
    and governments on coordination and policy matters; brief representatives
    and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
  • 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.
  • Serves
    as the team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation
    with the Head of Office, work coordination and administrative functions
    relating to the staff, planning and budget.
  • Trains
    and supervises new/junior staff.
  • Performs
    any other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Human Rights Officer job
    opportunity 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 two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in
    lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum
    of seven 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. Human rights
    training experience is desirable.
  • Languages:
    English and French are the
    working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position,
    fluency in oral and written English is required.
Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: 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
    & Organizing:
    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.
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: 5th February 2018

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