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UNHCHR – Human Rights Officer – Ginevra

L’Ufficio dell’Alto Commissario per i diritti umani delle Nazioni Unite sta selezionando un Human Rights Officer da inserire nella Divisione Human Rights and Special Procedures. Scadenza invio candidature: 28 marzo 2014.



Job Title: Human Rights Officer, P3
Department/ Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 January 2014-28 March 2014
Job Opening number: 14-HRI-OHCHR-31895-R-GENEVA (R)


Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Civil and Political Rights Section, Special Procedures Branch, Human Rights and Special Procedures Division of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the incumbent reports to the Chief of the Civil and Political Rights Section.


Under the general supervision of the Chief of Branch and the direct supervision of the Chief of Section, the incumbent shall carry out the following functions:
Monitoring the situation regarding the practice of thematic phenomena world-wide through analysis of incoming information from governments, Inter-Governmental Organization (IGOs), UN agencies, funds and programmes, as well as Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) and individuals; Assisting the mandate holder (Special Rapporteur) in country visits, including preparation of the visit, drafting of visit reports and follow up to the implementation of the recommendations; Providing support to the mandate holder in drafting of the annual reports to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly, if applicable; follow up on implementation of decisions rendered by the policy-making organs; Preparing correspondence for the mandate holder with governments, IGOs, UN agencies, funds and programmes as well as NGOs and individuals; Drafting of oral presentations for the annual reports, as well as other presentations and other articles on the mandate; Providing substantive input into OHCHR’s policies and statements in areas relevant to the mandate; Liaising with OHCHR thematic and geographic desk officers and other human rights conventional and extra-conventional mechanisms; Liaising with representatives of governments, IGOs, UN agencies, funds and programmes as well as NGOs and individuals in connection with the mandate and representing OHCHR at working level meetings with those partners; Undertaking research related to the mandate; Providing administrative support to the mandate-holder; May provide guidance to new/junior staff; Perform any other duties as assigned by the Chief of Branch or Section.
Preparing and implementing a personal work-plan : Preparing a work-plan which is coherent with the Branch work-plan and the responsibilities assigned; Applying standard procedures and methodologies in the implementation of the work-plan; Monitoring progress and reporting to the thematic desk officer/Section Chief, taking action to minimise delays.
Seeking maximum performance from oneself and others: Identifying personal training requirements and development needs; Trains and provides guidance to more junior staff assigned to assist in the servicing of the thematic mandate.
Maximising delivery from the financial resources available: Preparing expenditure requests and monitoring expenditure against budget allocation; Identifying and drawing to management attention potential cost overruns and under-spending.
Perform 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.
  • 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 tomatch the audience ; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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 adjusts plans and actions as necessary ; Uses time efficiently.
  • CLIENT ORIENTATION : Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view ; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect ; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions ; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems ; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects ; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related field.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage


Assessment Method
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.


United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee


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