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

Job Title:   Human Rights Officer
Organisation: Office
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (OHCHR) 
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Job Opening Number: 20-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-138072-J-Kampala (X)
Job 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:
·       
Assists
the Head of the Office in overseeing the execution of the Office work plan
ensuring optimal use of resources allocated; ensure coordination and
organisation among all programme areas; and supervise the daily activities of
the Office;
·       
Assists
the Head of Office to develop and coordinate an Office-wide strategy to promote
the respect and protection of human rights in the country or region of
assignment;
·       
Reviews,
monitors and evaluates activities related to the implementation of
international human rights instruments, including recommendations of treaty
bodies and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, in relation to the country
or region of assignment;
·       
Prepares
reports, documents, briefing notes, talking points and other written materials;
·       
Supports
the work of Special Rapporteurs / Representatives / Experts / Working Groups
and Treaty-Bodies, including in the preparation and conduct of field missions
and the drafting of timely reports in relation to the country or region of
assignment;
·       
Processes
individual cases of alleged violations under existing thematic procedures;
·       
Evaluates
the requirements for, plans and supports, long-term human rights presences in
the country or region concerned;
·       
Works
with UN and non-governmental programmes in the country of assignment to
integrate human rights perspective, helps design and implements the human
rights programme of the Office and 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;
·       
Maintains
contact with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and
government counterparts on coordination and policy matters; briefs
representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations;
·       
Assists
in the development and implementation of training programs in the field of
human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law,
with attention to gender perspectives;
·       
In
consultation with the Head of the Office, coordinates work and administrative
functions related 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 Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (OHCHR) Human Rights Officer job opportunity should hold an
advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, human
rights, political science or international relations, social sciences or a
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.
·       
A
minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights,
international relations, law or related area is required.
·       
Experience
in human rights monitoring is desirable.
·       
Experience
working on human rights policies and programmes or diplomacy at national or
regional levels is desirable.
·       
Experience
in the Africa region is desirable.
·       
Languages: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of
another UN official language is desirable.
Competencies
·       
Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of
human rights issues including, monitoring of human rights in the Africa region;
approaches and techniques to identify and address legislative and institutional
gaps with respect to human rights protection and promotion; assess and address
the Government’s needs for technical assistance and capacity building; develop
effective mechanisms and methodologies for monitoring and reporting on human
rights violations; integrate human rights into humanitarian responses and UN
development plans and processes. Knowledge of and exposure to institutional
mandates and the work of UN human rights mechanisms. Ability to evaluate and
integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human
rights situation in the country, including the political environment and legal
statutes as they pertain to human rights. 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 & 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 efficiently.
·       
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.
·       
Judgment/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 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: 16th July 2020
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