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

Organisation: Office
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Vacancy Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-97640-J-Kampala (X)
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief
of the Africa Branch
Grade: P5
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
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Within delegated authority, the Senior
    Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Formulates human rights strategies,
    including from a gender equality perspective; develops a vision or
    direction for the work of the human rights office and creates the
    conditions for implementing that vision or direction.
  • Represents the High Commissioner on
    matters of human rights.
  • Proposes policy directives and plan of
    action to appropriate United Nations bodies for immediate and long- range
    solutions to human rights problems in general and specific geographical
  • Designs, develops and implements
    significant policy and program changes to address human rights issues,
    including their gender dimensions.
  • Formulates the programme of work, budget
    and medium-term plan of the office and participates in the overall formulation
    and approval of the programme of work, and administrative matters.
  • Prepares human rights reports on key
    sectors or key regional developments.
  • Builds and maintains working relations
    with officials at the highest levels of governments and advises them on
    human rights issues and policies.
  • Coordinates and oversees human rights
    research initiatives.
  • Manages, coordinates, organizes and
    supervises the human rights officers.
  • Performs any other related duties as

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations UNHCR Senior Human Rights Officer job opportunity should hold an
    advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law,
    political science, international relations, social sciences or related
    area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional
    years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced
    university degree.
  • At least ten years of progressively
    responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international
    relations, law or related area. Two years of experience in managing teams
    is desirable.
  • Field experience is also desirable.
  • Languages: fluency in English (both oral and
    written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of
    human rights issues including approaches and techniques to address and
    advise on highly sensitive and complex problems in their political,
    ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of
    institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies
    and procedures. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a
    variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the region
    or country of assignment, including the political environment and legal
    statutes as they pertain to human rights. Ability to complete in-depth
    studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human
    rights problems in specific societies and systems. Ability to relate and
    advise on human rights issues and perspectives, including their gender
    equality dimensions, to political, social, economic and humanitarian
    programmes in affected countries and areas. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Managerial Competencies – Leadership: Serves as a role model that other
    people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results.
    Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives.
    Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to
    understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by
    pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement;
    does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
  • Judgement / Decision-Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex
    situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant
    information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative
    impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to
    the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action
    or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks
    assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy
    the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions
    when necessary.
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: 20th May 2018
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