Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER (Head of Centre), P5
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: DOHA
Posting Period: 01 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-163787-R-Doha (G)
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 UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region, Doha, Qatar. The incumbent shall work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Methodology, Education and Training Section (in TESPRDD) and the overall supervision of the Director of the Field Operation and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD).


Within delegated authority, the Senior Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Manages the Centre on a daily basis, including full oversight of human and financial resources.

• Formulates the Centre’s work plan in the context of OHCHR’s annual planning process on the basis of consultations with relevant stakeholders. These include the OHCHR Regional Representatives and the heads of OHCHR country offices and Human Rights Advisors deployed in the region covered by the mandate of the Centre.

• Leads the development and implementation by the Centre of a coherent and methodologically sound human rights training programme, in line with relevant OHCHR policies and priorities, while ensuring that the Centre’s products and services are consistent with OHCHR training, education and other relevant methodologies.

• Ensures that the Centre serves as the principal body for human rights training and documentation in its geographic scope and responds to requests from governments, civil society, other OHCHR presences, UN agencies and country teams, international and non-governmental organizations, including advice on training methodology, human rights education and documentation.

• Oversees the development of a repository of knowledge of human rights in print, electronic and audio-visual formats in Arabic and other languages to assist the work of OHCHR presences and other partners in the regions.

• In cooperation with academic institutions in the regions, leads the development and dissemination of high quality human rights education material, particularly aimed at youth, and provides support to human rights’ education programmes as appropriate.

• In cooperation with the publications team at OHCHR in Geneva, oversees the planning, development, dissemination, outreach and monitoring of OHCHR publications of strategic importance to the Centre’s mandate, in Arabic and other regional/local languages in the regions.

• Develops, widens and enhances a network of partners, including human rights institutions, foundations and research centres, identifying potential areas of cooperation in the field of human rights training, education and documentation.

• Establishes benchmarks for monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to assess the impact of activities of the Centre.

• Ensures sustained outreach to partners for optimal visibility, fund-raising and dissemination of the Centre’s outputs.

• Performs other related duties upon request of the supervisors and Senior Management.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including approaches and techniques to address and advise on sensitive and complex problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on human rights situations or issues. Knowledge of human rights education, training and learning programmes design, development, delivery and evaluation. Knowledge of and exposure to a broad range of training methodologies including classroom, distance learning, and practical training techniques in a variety of contexts. Ability to manage teams and programmes, including programme and budget developing and monitoring. 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; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

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

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.

VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

BUILDING TRUST: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way ; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda ; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients ; Gives proper credit to others ; Follows through on agreed upon actions ; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related human rights field. 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
Experience in the design and delivery of human rights training and education activities in accordance with international standards is required.
Experience in or on the Middle East and North Africa region is required.
Experience working with academic institutions or an organization providing human rights education is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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.

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