Job Opening

Posting Title: Assistant Human Rights Officer, NOA
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 16 December 2019 - 14 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-121351-R-Bangkok (N)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. OHCHR has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights. OHCHR also support the work of the United Nations human rights mechanisms, promote the right to development, coordinate United Nations human rights education and public information activities, and strengthens human rights across the United Nations system. OHCHR works to ensure the enforcement of universally recognized human rights norms, including through promoting both the universal ratification and implementation of the major human rights treaties and respect for the rule of law.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is mandated to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights established in the Charter of the United Nations and in international human rights laws and treaties. The mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is to work for the protection of all human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented. For this purpose, OHCHR works with governments, legislatures, courts, national institutions, civil society, regional and international organizations, and the United Nations system to develop and strengthen capacity, particularly at the national level, for the protection of human rights in accordance with international norms.

This position is located in the Regional Office for South-East Asia of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) based in Bangkok. The incumbent will report under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative and direct supervision of the Program Manager.


Under the direct supervision of the Regional Representative and the Deputy of the Office, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

1) Participates in the preparation of human rights activities and programmes for strengthening the capacity of government agencies, National Human Rights Institutions, civil society and UN system to cooperate with Human Rights Mechanisms by:

1.1 Following-up with all stakeholders the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), including recommendations and preparation for next cycles;
1.2 Preparing of review by UN treaty bodies of State reports and follow-up to the recommendations;
1.3 Preparing, conducting and following-up of country missions by special procedures of the HRC;
1.4 Following-up communication by special procedures of the HRC;
1.5 Organizing activities on UN human rights mechanisms for partners, including seminars, workshops and trainings;
1.6 Participating in mainstreaming human rights within the UN Country Team in Thailand.

2) Collect and independently analyse information pertaining to human rights matters from a variety of sources:

2.1 Review and analyze reports by media, Government, NGOs and National Institutions in English and Thai;
2.2 Seek information from various sources in relation to priority areas of the Office work;
2.3 Identify new sources of information.

3) Drafts and translates (English and Thai) various documents related to human rights, including:

3.1 Correspondence in Thai and English
3.2 Country briefings;
3.3 Thematic reports;
3.4 Background notes;
3.5 Minutes of meeting;
3.5 Project documents.

4) Participate in meetings and consultations and liaise with various partners;

4.1 Coordinating the preparation of meetings and consultations on human rights related issues;
4.2 Attending human rights meetings/consultation in Thai and English language;
4.3 Attending inter-agency meetings on human rights-related issues;
4.4 Maintaining contact with local partners and identifying new local partners.


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, analyze information and draft human rights reports. 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 & 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.


A first-level university degree in human rights, international law, political or social sciences is required. Advanced university degree is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in the field of human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area in Thailand is required.
Experience working with Microsoft Office and web-based applications is required.
Experience working in the United Nations Common System or other national or international organization or NGOs is desirable.


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


Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located. This post is open to Thai nationals only.

Appointment against this post is on a local basis; candidates shall be Thai nationals and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the OHCHR office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Thai nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in which case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to travelling and relocating to Bangkok in the event of an employment offer.

Note to current staff members at the General Service level: Should a current General Service staff member be selected for this post, he/she would need to resign from his/her General Service appointment before receiving a new appointment at the NO level. Locally recruited General Service staff members applying for this post must meet the minimum requirements, including academic qualifications and years of relevant experience. Relevant experience in the General Service category at G-6 and G-7 levels may count towards experience requirements.

This post is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Any extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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