Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Human Rights Officer, NOB
Job Code Title: Associate Human Rights Officer
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: SEOUL
Posting Period: 29 October 2021 - 27 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-165838-R-Seoul (N)
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 of Human Rights (OHCHR) in Seoul, in the Republic of Korea under the supervision of the OHCHR Representative and the Head of Field-based Structure.


Within delegated authority, the Associated Human Rights Officer, NO-B will be responsible for the following duties:

• Conducts research and collects and analyses information pertaining to human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including their gender dimensions from a variety of sources.
• Conducts interviews with victims/witnesses of violations; undertakes field monitoring and verification work; assesses information and follows up on different cases and situations.
• Takes responsibility for the development and implementation of the Office’s outreach activities.
• Identifies and maps relevant organisations/individuals to increase the interview base and supports Office’s engagement, awareness-raising and advocacy efforts.
• Maintains regular engagement with the people from the DPRK both in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and in other countries for networking, follow-up, consultation and information sharing.
• Designs and organizes hearings and consultations with victims/witnesses and other stakeholders on human rights and accountability in the DPRK.
• Supports in the development of outreach materials and advocacy campaigns; ensures the effective and targeted dissemination of reports and other advocacy and communication materials.
• Supports people from the DPRK, victims groups, Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders’ engagement with international human rights mechanisms including through capacity building and training programmes.
• Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge of international human rights standards and their practical implementation. Exposure to a range of human rights issues in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Professional competence in outreach, training, communication and awareness-raising. Research and analytical skills, including ability to collect data, 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.

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.

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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, communication, public information, journalism or related 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 two years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, public information, communication and outreach, journalism, law or related area is required.

Experience at national and/or international levels in the human rights or related area is required.

Experience in designing, developing and implementing human rights outreach, capacity building and/or awareness-raising activities is desirable.

Experience in interviewing witnesses/victims of human rights violations for criminal justice and/or accountability purposes is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Korean (both oral and written), is required.


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

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located

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.

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, 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.

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