Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P4 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 17 December 2018 - 30 January 2019
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-107546-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Sorry, this job opening is no longer available.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS), Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch, Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Section (METS).


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

• Advises OHCHR field offices, human rights components of peace operations, UN teams and UN entities on the implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy on UN Support to non-UN Security Forces (HRDDP), including setting up or refining methodology, procedures and tools; ensure updating of available guidance based on needs and evolving practices; integrate lessons learned and good practices from field and other experience;
• Trains staff and other actors on HRDDP; facilitates exchanges of experience and good practices and ensures effective knowledge management in this field;
• Reviews and maintains knowledge of HRDDP; provides advice to States, regional organizations and actors as required;
• Develops methodology approaches, tools and guidance for human rights monitoring frameworks, analysis and reporting, risk assessments, mitigatory measures, intervention to support implementation of the HRDDP, including to strengthen partnerships with other human rights and protection actors;
• Provide support to the HRDDP Review Group;
• Ensure internal and external communication of the HRDDP;
• Performs such other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues; knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights and their implementation at the field level; good knowledge of a range of conceptual and operational issues related to human rights monitoring, analysis and reporting; good knowledge of policies, norms, practices and challenges related to human rights and security forces; very good ability to develop conceptual frameworks and methodological and policy tools, carry out research and
studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems; strong analytical skills. 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.

PLANNING AND ORGANISING: 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.

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 degree) in human rights, law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to 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 seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience in human rights or related field is required, including at the international level. Experience in the area of human rights monitoring, research, analysis and reporting methodologies and their application in different contexts is also required. Work experience on human rights at the field level is required. Experience in the area of policy, methodology or other guidance development is desirable. Experience with human rights due diligence and security issues is an asset. Experience with inter-agency collaboration is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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.

No Fee


Sorry, this job opening is no longer available.
Home | Privacy notice | Site map | Fraud alert | Contact Us
Copyright 2019 United Nations. All rights reserved