UN Jobs – National Human Rights Officer – Enhancing Equality and Countering Discrimination – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Title:   National Human Rights Officer –
Enhancing Equality and Countering Discrimination

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

About US:

The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global development network.
UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and
resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice,
training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with
increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.

About the Project:

In implementing the
mandate of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR Uganda carries out
interventions under five thematic areas: Strengthening the rule of law and
accountability for human rights violations; Enhancing and protecting Civic
Space and people’s Participation; Integrating human rights in sustainable
development; Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; and Increasing
implementation of the international human rights mechanisms’ outcomes. OHCHR’s
interventions relate to the provision of technical assistance, including legal
advice and capacity building, monitoring of human rights issues, and engaging
in advocacy, among others.

OHCHR Uganda is
seeking a National Human Rights Officer with a strong legal background and
proven drafting, research, advocacy and organizing skills, to work on
interventions in the thematic area of enhancing equality and countering

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

 Under the overall supervision of the Head of
Office and under the direct supervision of the OHCHR Human Rights Officer, and
within delegated authority, the National Human Rights Officer will be
responsible for the following duties:

·       Assist in the execution of the Office work

·       Assist to develop and coordinate an
Office-wide strategy to promote the respect and protection of human rights in
the country, and contribute to the realization of relevant Sustainable
Development Goals;

·       Review, monitor and evaluate activities
related to the implementation of international human rights instruments,
including recommendations of treaty bodies and mechanisms of the Human Rights
Council, in relation to the country;

·       Conduct monitoring, fact-finding and
follow-up activities in relation to the observance of human rights and
international humanitarian law (IHL) through field monitoring missions,
dialogue with local and regional authorities, security forces and non-state
actors, networking with human rights defenders and follow up individual cases

·       Keep abreast of, including by liaising with
relevant stakeholders, and research on legal and policy developments in the
country regarding equality and non-discrimination, and inform relevant
colleagues, also suggesting possible actions;

·       Prepare reports, documents, briefing notes,
talking points and other written materials

·       Take part in organizing and overseeing
initiatives linked to supporting human rights promotion and protection either
directly organized by OHCHR or co-organized in collaboration with civil society
organisations (including NGOs), national human rights institutions and UN agencies;

·       In consultation with the Head of office and
the team leader, engage in dialogue with national counterparts, represent OHCHR
at working-level meetings, including coordination mechanisms, and liaise with
development partners, civil society and other stakeholders, as requested;

·       Provide capacity-building, advisory and
technical services to national NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, the National
Human Rights Commission other national institutions, and human rights

·       Contribute to the establishment and
maintenance of a strong network of local and international human rights
partners for the regular exchange of human rights information;

·       Ensure the integration of gender perspectives
and attention to specific women/girl’s and children’s rights issues within all
activities of the Office;

·       Support the work of special Rapporteurs /
Representatives / Experts / Working Groups and Treaty-Bodies, including in the
preparation and conduct of field missions and the drafting of timely reports in
relation to the country

·       Ensure optimal uses of resources allocated
for activity implementation;

·       Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       The ideal candidate must hold a University
degree, preferably in law, political science, international relations or other
disciplines related to human rights. A combination of relevant academic
qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced
university degree.

·       At least 2 years of combined professional
experience in the field of human rights and humanitarian issues

·        Sound
knowledge of and experience in the development and implementation of human
rights related projects and programmes.

·        Experience working on issues related to
equality and non-discrimination would be an asset

How to Apply:

All Interested
candidates please apply online at the link below


Note: UNDP
reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy
announcement.  We may also retain
applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar
positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description,
experience and educational requirements.

Deadline: 29th July 2020

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