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Human Rights Officer

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United Nations Jobs: Human Rights Officer, P3

  • Job Code Title: Human Rights Officer
  • Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Posting Period: 01 November 2019 – 15 December 2019
  • Job Opening Number: 19-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-126208-R-Geneva (X)


Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officers will be responsible for the following duties:

– Provides Secretariat support to human rights treaty bodies as required.
– Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assess their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region or country.
– Participates in training activities on the work of treaty bodies.
– Drafts summaries of incoming complaints and inquiries, recommendations for decisions on interim measures of protection as well as final decisions on the merits of complaints.
– Carries out research into and drafts reports on the jurisprudence of the treaty bodies concerned and prepare legal analyses.
– Helps to ensure the consistency and the coherence of the jurisprudence of the treaty bodies and contribute to the continuous strengthening of the treaty bodies.
– Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
– Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
– Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
– May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
– Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment. 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.

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.

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 adjust plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, law or related area is required.
Experience with international human rights mechanisms is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English or French and knowledge of the other is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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