Human Rights Officer UN Job Opportunities – 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-100690-J-Gulu (A)
Duty Station: 
Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: Coordinator
of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan
Grade: P4
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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Within
delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer/Investigator will be responsible
for the following duties:
  • Conduct information and evidence gathering activities, including
    interviews and the collection and analysis of open sources material in and
    outside the refugee settlements in Uganda;
  • 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;
  • Travel to the settlements and refugee registration points along the
    border with South Sudan, to interview refugees;
  • Develops information gathering and operational plans;
  • Liaise with UN agencies, as well as with national and international
    NGOs working on South Sudanese refugees in Uganda for the purpose of the
  • Prepare briefings, interview notes and analytical documents as
  • Participates in and organises missions and visits of Commissioners
    within Uganda as required;
  • Develops the methodology and tools to collect and process all data;
  • Develops and oversees plan to ensure that all required measures are
    taken to protect victims and witnesses who will cooperate with the
    Fact-Finding Mission;
  • Contributes to the production of the final report of the Commission;
  • Performs other related duties

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.
  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in
    human rights investigation and monitoring, including two years in a field
    office. 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: 27th July 2018
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