Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: PHNOM-PENH
Posting Period: 07 January 2019 - 05 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-107284-R-Phnom-Penh (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 in the Country Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia. The incumbent reports to the Coordinator of the Rule of Law Unit.


Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the Rule of Law Unit and the overall guidance of the Representative, and in close cooperation with other programme units in the country office, the Officer's main responsibilities and tasks include:

- Researching and analysing impunity, “popular justice”, and discrimination and assessing their impact on rule of law and the human rights situation in Cambodia to:
• Investigate selected cases through interviewing victims and witnesses; undertaking fact-finding missions; gathering relevant documentation and information from NGOs, judiciary, military and police authorities; and follow up on progress;
• Consolidate information and analyse relevant aspects of cases in order to identify trends, possible patterns of human rights violations and systematic practices;
• Ensure all unresolved cases taken up by the office are pursued;
• Observe trials of key cases in the courts.

- Maintaining working relations with government authorities and law enforcement authorities and the judiciary at national and sub-national level in order to assess specific cases, take appropriate preventive action, secure effective remedy and assist in the development and implementation of an awareness-raising and training program;

- Maintaining close cooperation with NGOs and other representatives of civil society working for human rights, including youth organizations;

- Assisting the Co-ordinator of the Rule of Law unit to prepare internal and external analytical reports and briefings on the human rights situation, including proposed actions;

- Maintaining and entering data into the database

- Providing support to the missions and reports of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Cambodia and other UN human rights mechanisms

- Supervising the work of junior staff working on impunity and discrimination issues

- Performing other tasks as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, gender and social dimensions, including approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Good knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Good analytical, research, fact-finding, monitoring, reporting and advocacy skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Solid knowledge of witness and victims protection. Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to resolve complex and/or sensitive 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. Ability to work under pressure. 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 to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, social science, political science, international relations or related field, preferably with a specialization in international human rights. 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 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in human rights or related area. Experience in monitoring and protecting human rights is desirable. Relevant experience in Cambodia will be an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Khmer is highly desirable.


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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