UN National Human Rights Officer – Human Rights Based Approach to Development Jobs – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
About US:
The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global development network.
UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and
resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice,
training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with
increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.
About the Project:
In implementing the
mandate of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR Uganda carries out
interventions under five thematic areas: Strengthening the rule of law and
accountability for human rights violations; Enhancing and protecting Civic
Space and people’s Participation; Integrating human rights in sustainable
development; Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; and Increasing
implementation of the international human rights mechanisms’ outcomes. OHCHR’s
interventions relate to the provision of technical assistance, including legal
advice and capacity building, monitoring of human rights issues, and engaging
in advocacy, among others.
OHCHR Uganda is
seeking a National Human Rights Officer. The position is located in the team
working on Integrating Human Rights in Development, with a specific focus of
the position being on Human Rights Based Approach to Development, Human Rights
Based Approach to Data, linkages between human rights and the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, maternal health,
sexual and reproductive rights and gender, as well as human rights
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Under the overall
supervision of the Head of Office and under the direct supervision of the OHCHR
Human Rights Officer and within delegated authority, the National Human Rights
Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
·       Plan and implement programs adequately to
monitor the human rights situation in their area of coverage;
·       Research and collect information pertaining
to human rights matters from a variety of data sources (e.g. communications,
publications, the press) to keep abreast of issues/events and provide
up-to-date information;
·       Assist in the analysis of information, to
include the impact on the human rights situation in assigned area;
·       Draft a variety of reports, briefing papers,
and correspondence relating to human rights matters;
·       Maintain awareness of current human rights issues,
to include relevant political and legal developments in the country and region
·       Review human rights issues, including gender
considerations, and contribute to the integration of these issues into relevant
development programs at regional/national level;
·       Develop and implement human rights training
programmes for national interlocutors, including Government officials,
legislators, representatives of civil society and human rights non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) in order to promote national capacity building;
·       Develop and implement a variety of programs
at national and regional level to strengthen the capacity of national
institutions with responsibilities in the area of human rights;
·       Plan and implement effective programs to
promote human rights awareness including sensitization and human rights
education in general;
·       Where required, represent the office on their
own at meetings/coordination forums with national authorities, UN agencies, and
other partners;
·       Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       Advanced university degree (Master’s degree
or equivalent) in law, political sciences, international relations, social
sciences or any other discipline related to human rights. A first level
university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and
work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
·       At least two years of progressively
professional experience closely related to the field of Human Rights.
Experience working with international human rights standards, instruments and
mechanisms, and knowledge and expertise of economic, social and cultural
rights, development (including Sustainable Development Goals), as well as
gender and women’s rights issues would be an asset.
·        Experience utilizing computers, including word
processing, spreadsheet and other standard software packages and systems
·       Good analytical skills
·       Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment,
tact, negotiating skills
·       Ability to communicate clearly both orally
and in writing
·       Ability to work in a team, and establish
effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural
·       Flexibility in accepting work assignments outside
normal desk description
·       Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with
people of different national and cultural backgrounds
·       Professionalism – Comprehensive knowledge and
understanding of human rights-related matters, with a particular focus on
economic, social and cultural rights, the links between human rights and
development, the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, Human Rights Based
Approach, including to Data, as well as women’s human rights; ability to
identify human rights issues, i.e. political, ethnic, racial, gender-based,
social, economic in the country or geographic area, and devise recommendations
on how to address such issues; demonstrated research and analytical skills,
including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of relevant
issues/problems; substantive knowledge of institutional mandates, policies,
guidelines, etc. related to human rights; skills in developing sources for data
·       Planning and Organizing – Ability to
establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan;
Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments
·       Communication – Ability to speak and write in
a clear and concise manner, including ability to draft a variety of reports,
correspondence, etc.; Technological Awareness – Good computer skills, including
proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and other relevant software
·       Teamwork – Good interpersonal skills; ability
to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and
respect for diversity
·       Candidates may be expected to travel to, and
carry out activities outside Kampala.
How to Apply:
All Interested
candidates please apply online at the link below
Note: UNDP
reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy
announcement.  We may also retain
applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar
positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description,
experience and educational requirements.
UNDP is committed to
achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified
applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual
orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All
applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Deadline: 29th July 2020
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