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, Uganda
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-105442-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
  • 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

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
  • 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: 23rd October2018
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