UN National Human Rights Officer Job Opportunities – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Organisation: Office
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Head of
Office/Deputy Head of Office
Grade: NOA
About UNHCR:
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
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office/Deputy Head of Office
and under the direct supervision of the Team Leader within delegated authority,
the National Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Legal Analysis & Research:
  • Conduct
    research on areas of domestic Legislation and Policy with major human
    rights implications with a view of providing substantive support to the
    Office team and relevant national partners;
  • Provide
    commentary on legislation, policies, rules of procedure, and other
    statutory frameworks, advising the State and other stakeholders with
    reference to international human rights standards and comparative good
  • Support
    legislative and policy reform initiatives led by the State or other
    stakeholders through provision of technical assistance in drafting of
    relevant regulatory frameworks;
  • Provide
    legal analytical advice on matters pertaining to national laws, for
    OHCHR’s substantive work at country level.
Partnerships and Outreach:
  • Cultivate
    and maintain relationships with key institutions in the law and policy
    making process, UN agencies and civil society partners with a view to
    facilitating OHCHR’s technical cooperation on human rights;
  • Targeted
    advocacy with national partners so as to influence State institutions and
    local partners to adopt appropriate policy or actions that strengthen
    human rights compliance;
  • Represent
    OHCHR on the Justice Law and Order (JLOS) Sector Working Group and
    Coordination meetings with Development Partners to provide substantive
    human rights guidance on international human rights norms and standards;
  • Monitor
    key reform and technical assistance processes within the JLOS Sector, and
    ensure circulation of information within OHCHR;
  • Provide
    strategic analysis of opportunities to advance OHCHR’s technical support
    on legal issues and administration of justice in particular, within the
Programming and training
  • Plan,
    organize and support implementation of OHCHR’s capacity building and
    sensitization workshops targeting Government, State institutions and civil
    society organizations;
  • Take
    initiative in the implementation of thematic priorities assigned to the
    legal unit as indicated under the Office Work Plan.
Reporting and Knowledge
  • Contribute
    to the preparation of OHCHR’s reports taking stock of work achievements
    and progress through monthly and activity reports as well as regular
    updates on thematic areas for submission to OHCHR’s Headquarters in
    Geneva, the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and to donors, as requested.
  • Contribute
    to development of OHCHR’s publications and knowledge products to support
    capacity building and advocacy, as may be required;
Cross cutting areas:
  • Contribute
    to the overall work of OHCHR as a team player with professionalism,
    integrity and commitment, and participate in other OHCHR program
    activities, including human rights commemorations, monitoring
    interventions, etc., as requested;
  • Ensure
    the consistent integration of a gender perspective in all assignments;
  • Perform
    other related duties as required;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR National Human Rights Officer
    job opportunity should hold a University degree in law. A post-graduate
    degree in human rights or a related field will be an added advantage.
  • Five
    years of relevant experience (or three years if holding a post graduate
    degree) working in national, regional, or international organizations or
    non-governmental organizations, in the field of human rights, rule of law,
    legal advisory services, or a related field.
  • Previous
    experience working with international human rights standards, instruments
    and mechanisms, and knowledge and expertise of gender and women’s rights
    issues would be an asset.
  • Strong
    legal background and analytical skills.
  • Proven
    ability to function independently, to take initiative and handle multiple
    tasks simultaneously, with competence to assess priorities and deliver in
    a timely manner
  • Resourcefulness,
    initiative, maturity of judgment and tact
  • Ability
    to communicate clearly in English both orally and in writing.
  • Ability
    to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons
    of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability
    to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and
    cultural backgrounds.
  • Languages: Fluent in spoken and written
Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism
    – Comprehensive knowledge
    and understanding of human rights-related matters; ability to identify
    problems, i.e., political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic,
    etc., causing civil unrest in a country or geographic area; demonstrated
    research and analytical skills, including the ability to identify and
    participate in the resolution of relevant issues/problems; basic knowledge
    of institutional mandates, policies, guidelines, etc., related to human
    rights; skill in developing sources for data collection.
  • Planning
    and Organizing
    – Ability
    to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan;
    Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments
  • Communication – Ability to speak and write in a clear
    and concise manner, including ability to draft a variety of reports,
    correspondence, etc.; Technological Awareness – Good computer skills,
    including proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, other and relevant
    software packages;
  • Teamwork
    – Good interpersonal
    skills, ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with
    sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Respect
    for gender and diversity:

    The candidate works effectively with people from all backgrounds, treats
    all people with dignity and respect and men and women equally. He or she
    shows respect for, and understanding of, diverse points of view and
    demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making. The
    candidate examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical
    responses and does not discriminate against any individual or group. He or
    she includes a gender perspective in substantive work.
  • Technological
    Training and/or
    experience utilizing computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and
    other standard software packages and systems is required.
How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan
nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link
below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.
Deadline: 1st March 2018
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