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

Job Title:    Human Rights Officer
Organisation: Office
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Vacancy Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-96514-J-Gulu (X)
Duty Station:  Uganda
Grade: P4
About UNHCR:
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:  Within delegated authority and under the
supervision of Coordinator of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan,
the Human Rights Officer / Investigator, based in Gulu Uganda, will be
responsible for the following duties:
  • Research and collect information pertaining to human rights matters
    directly related to the situation to investigate;
  • Analyse existing documentation and propose investigation methods;
  • Conduct interviews and evidence gathering activities in refugee
    settlements in Uganda;
  • Travel to the settlements and refugee registration points, to
    interview refugees;
  • Ensure that all measures are taken to ensure the integration of a
    gender perspective and the protection of victims and witnesses cooperating
    with the Secretariat;
  • Work closely with UN agencies, as well as with national and
    international NGOs working on South Sudanese refugees in Uganda for the
    purpose of the investigations;
  • Prepare briefings, interview notes and analytical documents as
  • Organise the visit of the Commissioners and the missions of the
    investigation teams in Uganda;
  • Contribute to the production of the final report;
  • Conduct the initial witness and data protection assessment in
  • Assist in the development of guidelines on safe handling of
  • Ensure follow up action, whenever necessary;
  • Ensure that activities are conducted in compliance with relevant
    standards and methods of work, including for protection;
  • Participate in and/or contribute to lessons learned processes;
  • Perform any other task, as necessary.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Human Rights
    Officer job opportunity should hold an advanced University degree (Masters
    or equivalent), preferably in law, political sciences, or other
    disciplines related to human rights. A first-level university degree in
    combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be
    accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights
    investigation and monitoring, including 2 years in a field office is
  • Previous experience in criminal investigations is desirable.
  • Languages: Fluency
    in both 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.
    Proven ability to adapt to extreme hardship; trained in security matters
    and communication procedures
  • 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 audience; demonstrates openness
    in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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
Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the
link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job
Deadline: 8th May 2018
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