UN Jobs – National Human Rights Officer – Rule of Law and Accountability – 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 with a strong legal background and
proven drafting, research, advocacy and organizing skills, to work on
interventions in the thematic area of strengthening the rule of law and
accountability for human rights violations.
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:
·       Assist in the execution of the Office work
·       Assist to develop and coordinate an
Office-wide strategy to promote the respect and protection of human rights in
the country, and contribute in particular to the realization of Sustainable
Development Goal 16;
·       Review, monitor and evaluate 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;
·       Take part in promoting and overseeing
initiatives linked to supporting human rights promotion and protection, in
collaboration with the existing civil society organisations (including NGOs)
and UN agencies;
·       Provide technical support to capacity-building
and awareness-raising activities directly organized by OHCHR or co-organized
with national partners;
·       Contribute to the establishment and
maintenance of a strong network of local and international human rights
partners for the regular exchange of human rights information;
·       Keep abreast of, including by liaising with
relevant stakeholders, and research on legal developments in the country
concerning access to justice, including transitional justice and inform
relevant colleagues, also suggesting possible actions;
·       Provide substantive and timely legal analysis
on proposed bills and existing laws, regulations and other relevant documents,
in particular concerning rule of law and non-discrimination issues, with the
aim of advancing advocacy engagements;
·       Draft technical documents, provide updates on
assigned interventions under the relevant thematic area, and contribute inputs
to other documents as requested;
·       Develop an engagement strategy with
Parliament, and in particular the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee, the
Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the Justice Law and Order
Sector Secretariat and other relevant institutional counterparts;
·       Participate in technical meetings dealing
with human rights/legal developments within the Justice Law and Order Sector;
·       In consultation with the head of office,
represent OHCHR at other working-level meetings, including coordination
mechanisms, and liaise with development partners, civil society and other
stakeholders, as requested;
·       Ensure the integration of gender perspectives
and attention to specific women/girl’s and children’s rights issues within all
·       Ensure optimal uses of resources allocated
for activity implementation;
·       Develop, plan and implement any other
assigned activities as agreed upon with management.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       The ideal applicant must hold a 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.
·        Minimum of 2 years of
relevant experience working with national, regional, or international
organizations or non-governmental organizations, in the field of human rights,
rule of law, relevant legal advisory services, or a related field. Experience
working with international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms would
be an asset. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the JLOS sector would
be an asset.
·       Experience utilizing computers, including
word processing, spreadsheet and other standard software packages and systems
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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