UN Human Rights Officer Job Vacancies – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:   Human Rights Officer
Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Job Opening Number: 19-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-117096-J-Kampala (X)
Post Grade: P4 
About UNHCR:
The Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14,
1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.  UNHCR’s mandate
under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to
refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard
refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning
issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of
the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Human Rights
Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Reviews, monitors and evaluates activities relating to the
    implementation of international human rights instruments, including recommendations
    of treaty bodies and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council.
  • Supports the work of treaty-established bodies and
    extra-conventional mechanisms and special procedures.
  • Prepares relevant human rights parts of reports for the General
    Assembly, HRC, etc. notes on the status of ratification of human rights
    instruments, etc.
  • Works with UN and non-governmental programmes in the country/region
    to integrate human rights, including their gender dimensions in their
    programs; helps design and implements the human rights program and designs
    the organization and focus of the evaluation.
  • Ensures up-to-date information regarding substantive matters in the
    field of human rights and makes recommendations on actions to take.
  • Makes contact with other sectors of the UN, other international
    organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; brief
    representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and
  • Develops and implements training programmes in the field of human
    rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law,
    with attention to gender perspectives.
  • Ensures effective project planning and project management; and
    provides advice to staff in impact-oriented project design, preparation,
    implementation, monitoring evaluation and lessons learned processes to
    ensure application and consistency with established in house standard
    procedures and methodologies.
  • Serves as team leader with responsibility for carrying out, in
    consultation with the Head of Office, work coordination and administrative
    functions relating to the staff, planning and budget.
  • Trains and supervises new/junior staff.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Human Rights
    Officer job opportunity should hold an advanced university degree
    (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science,
    international relations, social sciences or related field. A first-level
    university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying
    work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in
    human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related
    area is required.
  • Previous experience in human rights training is desirable.
    Experience in project management at the managerial level is also
  • Languages: fluency
    in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is

  • Professionalism: Knowledge
    of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including approaches and
    techniques to address sensitive and complex human rights 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. Good
    knowledge of project and financial management. Knowledge of programme
    management, implementation, monitoring and project reporting. Ability to
    relate to 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.
  • 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.
  • Planning & Organizing: 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
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity should
endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review
job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 17th June 2019
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