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

Job Title:    Human Rights Officer
Organisation: Office
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Vacancy Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-101209-J-Gulu (X)
Duty Station: 
Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: Head
of the Office
Grade: P3
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 Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the
following duties:
  • 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
  • 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
  • Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established
    terms of reference
  • Assists 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 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 experience may
    be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in
    human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related
    area is required
  • Previous experience in human rights monitoring, reporting and
    capacity building and implementing technical cooperation projects is
    desirable. Work experience in the African region is desirable.
  • Languages: Fluency
    in English (both oral and written) is required.
  • 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
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: 30th July 2018
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