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

Job Title:    Human
Rights Officer
Organisation: The Office of
the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Head of Office
Job Ref. No.: 17-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-86940-J-Moroto (T) 
Grade: P-3       
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
Within delegated authority, the Human
Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • The jobholder 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 indicators.
  • 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.
  • The incumbent will define the work plan
    for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
  • Performs any other related duties as

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    OHCHR Human Rights Officer job placement 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 qualifying experience may be
    accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least five years of progressively
    responsible experience in the human rights field or related areas is
  • Previous experience in human rights
    monitoring, reporting and capacity building and implementing technical
    cooperation projects is required.
  • Work experience in Uganda is desirable.
  • Languages: fluency in oral and
    written English is required.
Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Knowledge and
    understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular
    sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify
    issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.
    Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual
    analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and
    analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various
    research sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet
    and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of
    assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 and Organising: 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.
  • Respect for Diversity: Works
    effectively with people from all backgrounds ; treats all people with
    dignity and respect ; treats men and women equally ; shows respect for and
    understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this
    understanding in daily work and decision-making ; examines own biases and
    behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses ; does not discriminate
    against any individual or group
  • Integrity: Demonstrates the
    values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours ; acts
    without consideration of personal gain ; resists undue political pressure
    in decision-making ; does not abuse power or authority ; stands by
    decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular
    ; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour
NB: The United Nations
does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application,
interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not
concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as the
Human Rights Officer should express their interest by visiting the UN
recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 17th October 2017
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