Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 31 August 2020 - 14 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-138587-R-Geneva (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 Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division, Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS), in Geneva, Switzerland. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Section (METS).


Under the supervision of the Chief, Methodology, Education and Training Section / Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures, and Right to Development Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

- Coordinates the work of a team and manages a programme to guide the collection and analysis of human rights-related data, including statistics; develops and disseminates human rights indicators, promotes the use of indicators to assess and measures implementation of human rights, including within the 2030 Agenda;

- Develops conceptual frameworks for the identification, design and development of such indicators;

- Develops proposals for tools, methodologies and techniques for a feasible set of indicators, based on, to the extent possible, the existing international mechanisms coordinating the collection of' national level statistical information;

- Develops and implements capacity building programmes to support the collection and analysis of human rights-related data at national level, the development and compilation by States of human rights and SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) indicators, including through cooperative arrangements between statistical offices and relevant institutions;

- Prepares policy notes and briefings on indicator-related issues for the High Commissioner and senior management of the Office.

- Supports, as appropriate, the work of treaty-established bodies, extra-conventional mechanisms, special procedures and other OHCHR initiatives including the proposed World Human Rights Report, with regard to the development of' appropriate indicators to inform the implementation of human rights;

- Identifies complementarities and synergies with relevant initiatives and programmes on data and indicators existing within and outside of' the United Nations system and contributes to such initiatives from human rights perspectives; and develops partnership and build consensus with a view to developing a common approach to the question of human rights indicators under the inter agency and other cooperative frameworks.

- Provides supervision and guidance to junior staff;

- Performs other related duties as required.


•PROFESSIONALISM : Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify sources for data collection, research and analysis from the perspective of assessing and measuring human rights in development, humanitarian and security contexts. Ability to analyse, evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources, including knowledge of human rights framework and related indicators. Knowledge of human rights issues and standards and institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Ability to interact with senior experts and specialized staff from other international organizations. 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.

•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.

•ACCOUNTABILITY : Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors' 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.

•JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING : Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent), preferably in economics, statistics or development studies. 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

At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience, including three (3) years at the international level, in human rights, development economics, or related field is required.
Analytical and research experience on measurement and assessment tools, methodologies and techniques is required.
Experience in developing conceptual frameworks is required.
Experience in managing teams and programmes is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is vacant due to the temporary assignment of the regular incumbent to another post. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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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