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

Organisation: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Job Ref. No.: 14/OHCHR/109/KAMPALA     
Grade: P-5              
About OHCHR:
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: 
1. Significantly contribute to the observance of human rights in Uganda by:
  • Managing the implementation of the OHCHR cooperation programme in Uganda
  • Assisting the Government of Uganda in meeting Uganda’s obligations under UN human rights instruments and resolutions;
  • Developing and implementing human rights programmes and policies in cooperation with nongovernmental organisations, other UN Organizations, intergovernmental organizations, bilateral assistance programmes and foundations
  • Providing human rights briefings and advice to Ministers and Senior Government Officials, Heads of UN Agencies and development programmes, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs;
  • Advising and assisting the UN and Regional Special Mechanisms in the discharge of their mandate, including through preparing their official missions and contacts and ensuring the necessary follow-up
  • Facilitating visits of other UN and African human rights mandate-holders; 
2. Represent the High Commissioner by:
  • Working closely with the Ugandan authorities, Ambassadors, Heads of UN Agencies and other intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organisations on the implementation of the programmes;
  • Actively participating and making statements at official ceremonies, national days, etc. on UN operational presence in Uganda in the field of human rights;
3. Provide overall leadership and direction for the Uganda Office by:
  • Planning and organizing the human, material and financial resources of the Office as approving officer for all expenses;
  • Ensuring that all relevant UN staff rules and regulations and guidelines are fully implemented in the Office;
  • Supervising the Consultants and staff, organizing in-training activities, planning and organizing security measures, implementing gender sensitivity in the recruitment of staff and distribution of tasks and responsibilities;
  • Making recommendations for the use of funds;
  • Ensuring that adequate financial and narrative reporting requirements are fulfilled;
  • Providing substantive supervision of the staff of the Office, ensuring consistency with United Nations norms and standards in the field of human rights.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold an advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in law, political science or international relations or international economics or other disciplines related to human rights. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of ten years’ national and international experience in human rights or closely related field.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and experience, including in the region of assignment, with the workings of the UN system, in particular as regards its political, development and humanitarian functions.
  • Proven managerial skills and experience in successfully leading a team of professionals.
  • Languages: Fluency in English. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
  • Good computer skills, including proficiency in word processing, Excel, and other relevant software packages.
Personal Competencies:
Professionalism: Good knowledge of and wide exposure to the full range of human rights issues, in particular with regard to national protection systems, and human rights mainstreaming; – knowledge of approaches and techniques to address highly sensitive and complex issues and problems; Knowledge and experience of the African region, including its human rights and political situation, as well its culture, history and traditions; Sound knowledge of the structure and functions of the United Nations system, its organs, agencies and programmes; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 
Communication: Excellent communication (spoken and presentation) skills; Ability to present and defend difficult positions to external partners, stakeholders, senior officials, to persuade people with varying points of view, and to present information in a concise and accurate manner.
Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills; Ability to establish and maintain trust and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Vision: In-depth understanding of OHCHR’s strategic direction in Uganda and ability to develop work programmes that obtain results.
Leadership: Proven ability to provide effective leadership and transfer advice and knowledge to external partners, stakeholders, senior officials and staff at all levels; Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
How to Apply: 
All candidates should endeavor to send their documents named in the format as follows:
LAST NAME First name – Type of document
Example:       SMITH Jacqueline – PHP.doc (UPDATED)
SMITH Jacqueline – Cover letter.doc
SMITH Jacqueline – PAS.pdf
NB:     The applications without P-11 or PHP cannot be considered;
Please endeavor to send the following Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Personal History Profile (visit https://inspira.un.org to generate a PHP)  
  • Last two completed Performance Appraisal or two Reference Letters for external applicants
All submissions to be sent in one single e-mail to:
(Please mention the reference number of the vacancy announcement in the subject header of your email: 14/OHCHR/109/KAMPALA
Deadline: 7th August 2014       

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