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

Organisation: Office
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Vacancy Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-96693-R-Kampala (X)
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief
of the Africa Branch
Grade: P5
About US:
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 Senior Human
Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Formulates human rights strategies,
    including from a gender equality perspective; develops a vision or
    direction for the work of the human rights office and creates the
    conditions for implementing that vision or direction.
  • Represents the High Commissioner on
    matters of human rights.
  • Proposes policy directives and plan of
    action to appropriate United Nations bodies for immediate and long- range
    solutions to human rights problems in general and specific geographical
  • Designs, develops and implements
    significant policy and program changes to address human rights issues,
    including their gender dimensions.
  • Formulates the programme of work, budget
    and medium-term plan of the office and participates in the overall
    formulation and approval of the programme of work, and administrative
  • Prepares human rights reports on key
    sectors or key regional developments.
  • Builds and maintains working relations
    with officials at the highest levels of governments and advises them on
    human rights issues and policies.
  • Coordinates and oversees human rights
    research initiatives.
  • Manages, coordinates, organizes and
    supervises the human rights officers.
  • Performs any other related duties as

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations UNHCR Senior 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 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 ten years of progressively
    responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international
    relations, law or related area. Two years of experience in managing teams
    is desirable.
  • Field experience is also desirable.
  • Languages: fluency in English (both oral and
    written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a
    range of human rights issues including approaches and techniques to
    address and advise on highly sensitive and complex problems in their
    political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge
    of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing
    policies and procedures. Ability to evaluate and integrate information
    from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation
    in the region or country of assignment, including the political
    environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights. Ability to
    complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and
    solutions to human rights problems in specific societies and systems.
    Ability to relate and advise on human rights issues and perspectives,
    including their gender equality dimensions, to political, social, economic
    and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.
  • Planning
    and Organising:
    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.
  • 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.
  • Managerial
    Competencies – Leadership:
    as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to
    translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to
    accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a
    broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates
    and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives
    for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the
    courage to take unpopular stands.
  • Judgement
    / Decision-Making:
    the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the
    problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision.
    Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them.
    Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the
    Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based
    on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines
    that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs
    for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.
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
Deadline: 15th July 2018
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