Job Opening

Posting Title: Human Rights Officer, P4 [Cancelled]
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Duty Station: KANDAHAR; KABUL;
Posting Period: 05 November 2020 - 04 December 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Human Rights Affairs-UNAMA-144014-R- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the Human Rights Service of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Human Rights Officers will be based in Kabul and Kandahar, both "E" hardship and a non-family duty stations, and reports to the Chief, Human Rights Service through the Senior Human Rights Officers.


Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officers/Team Leaders will be responsible for the following duties:

•Plans, coordinates and leads teams in the conduct of investigations into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, in compliance with UN standards;
•Formulates recommendations and suggests advocacy strategies to relevant authorities, including government officials, civil society organisations and the UN Country Team (UNCT) to better protect and promote human rights and mechanisms in the mission area, including in peace processes;
• Establishes and maintains contact with national authorities, armed groups, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners, to inform on the human rights situation in the area of responsibility and advise on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights, including in relation to peace processes;
•Support a human-rights based approach in the design and implementation of UNAMA’s preventive diplomacy, good offices, national dialogue, mediation initiatives, and other matters pertaining to protection of civilians, including in peace processes.
• Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of internal and external reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports;
• Contributes to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, through participating in emergency preparedness and response activities, including in the work of the Protection Cluster and relevant sub-clusters, as appropriate;
• Designs, delivers, coordinates and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials, armed groups, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders;
• Works with Government authorities, the national human rights institution and civil society on initiatives that supports advancement of the rights of victims of the conflict, as appropriate;
• Ensures, coordinates and supervises the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases in the established database; conducts quality control and delivers statistics and trend reports, as required, in contribution to human rights public reports;
• Engages in activities related to the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy;
• Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;
• Assists in the coordination and implementation of the human rights work plan; evaluates or assists in the evaluation of its progress and suggests adjustments as needed;
• Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of main human rights issues in the region 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. 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.

Teamwork: 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.

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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in human rights or international humanitarian law is required.
At least three years of experience in a UN peace operation is required.
At least three years of experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting, outside the country of origin is required.
At least three years of experience in human rights monitoring and reporting is required.
At least three years of experience in leading and conducting human rights investigations or fact-finding missions is required.
At least three years of experience in human rights protection work, including through engaging with the national army, armed groups, political and traditional leaders for the protection of civilians, is required.
At least three years of experience in challenging conflict-related settings, including human rights oriented diplomatic skills is required.
At least three years of experience in managing teams is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Dari or Pashto is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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.

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