Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 25 September 2018 - 08 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-103457-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Section of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) New York Office. New York is classified as a "H" family duty station. The Human Rights Officer reports to the Chief of section/unit.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

-Follows, supports and reports on the activities and meetings of intergovernmental bodies at the United Nations in New York, as well as human rights treaty-established bodies and extra conventional mechanisms and special procedures in New York and Geneva.

-Prepares relevant human rights parts of reports for the General Assembly, as well as briefing notes and talking points for the Assistant Secretary-General and other senior officials.

-Organizes and conducts briefings to Briefs Government and NGO representatives, including on human rights bodies and mechanisms, and provides, as appropriate, suggestions and recommendations.

-Works with partners throughout the UN system, other parts of the UN Secretariat, UN agencies and NGOs, to integrate human rights, including their gender dimensions, into their programmes.

-Makes contact with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters in the field of human rights.

-Ensures an up-to-date and full flow of information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights and makes recommendations on actions to take.

-Helps Contributes to and design and implement the Office's Work Plan and monitor its implementation in relation to her/his substantive duties.

-Supports the Chief of Section in relation to coordination and administrative functions, including planning, personnel and budget.

-Trains, guides and supervises new/junior staff.

-Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Knowledge of relevant rules of procedure of intergovernmental bodies. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in resolution of issues/problems Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems and human rights challenges in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. Show ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; 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.

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.

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.


Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in human rights, law, political science, international relations, social sciences, or a related field. A first level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights at the international level including on intergovernmental affairs at international or regional level is required. Experience working in the field of human rights, including with national authorities and civil society is desirable. Experience in the protection and promotion of human rights is desirable. Experience in working with the international human rights system and mechanisms is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable. 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.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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

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