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

Job Title: Forensic Pathologist

Organisation: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda

Grade: P4

Job Opening Number:  22-Natural and Life Sciences-OHCHR-195203-J-Entebbe (R)


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.


Job Summary: This position is based within the within the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (IHREE) (the Commission) pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/51/L.19. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Commission.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Within delegated authority the Forensic Pathologist, will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Visits and analyses violations and crime scenes, photos, videos and other materials gathered to determine the likely cause of wounds/injuries or death.
  • Provides advisory services and technical support in relation to forensic examinations and collection of forensic evidence and medical documentation including for sexual and gender-based crimes, including on maintaining the chain of custody on all forensic evidence collected.
  • Collects ante mortem data for the purposes of identification of human remains and organizes a system for matching post mortem data.
  • Determines the cause in case of sudden, violent, or unexpected death and prepare accurate, comprehensive and concise reports as to his/her findings.
  • Offers possible reconstruction of events and advises in medico-legal issues concerning the manner of injury or cause of death of cases researched, level and cause of harm, including cases of sexual and gender-based violence, including psychosocial harm, approximate age and manner of death.
  • Advises the Team and the authorities on the handling of mass/communal graves promoting both the humanitarian and criminal justice requirements.
  • Accompanies the Team and Experts for interviews of victims of violence and conducts examinations in order to analyse the likely cause of the wound / injury and produce related medical reports.
  • Maintains the confidentiality of all information received or obtained with respect to his/her assignment including through careful logging, safekeeping and preservation of all records and files.
  • Submits a final report including findings and recommendation together with all the files and records to the Coordinator of the Commission.
  • Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policymaking bodies.
  • May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate must hold an Advanced degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in forensic pathology, medicine and 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. Qualifications in forensic pathology is required.
  • At least seven years of combined professional experience as a forensic pathologist or a medical doctor at the national and/or international level is required.
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.



  • Professionalism: Comprehensive knowledge of forensic pathology; knowledge of principles and practices as well as specialized techniques, procedures and equipment used in forensic pathology; experience of examining persons who suffered injury or death due to torture, sexual violence or other similar events; experience of drafting reports based on medical examinations, forensic evidence and analysis; ability to work under extreme pressure and in a highly stressful environment. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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 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.


How to Apply:

All interested candidates who wish to join the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.


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Deadline: 29th November 2022


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Date Posted 2022-11-21
Valid Through 2022-11-29
Hiring Organization Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Job Location , , Entebbe, 0256, Uganda