Job Opening

Posting Title: Safety of journalists online
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 26 May 2022 - 02 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-182174-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• document mapping threats to journalists and media freedoms online/through the use of digital tools;
• study about digital surveillance measures targeting journalists and media workers;
• a reader-friendly briefer of the study;
• integration of gender considerations throughout the process and using gender-sensitive language.

Work Location

home-based

Expected duration

six months (1 July 2022 - 31 December 2022)

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Human Rights Officer, Rule of Law and Democracy Section (ROLDS), the Consultant will:
• Carry out research and produce a document mapping threats to journalists and media freedoms online/through the use of digital tools.
• Carry out research and draft a study about digital surveillance measures targeting journalists and media workers, including information on and analysis of tools used; countries where such measures are taken and typical scenarios; cases of surveillance of journalists and media workers and their impacts. Inclusion of impact on women and LGBTI journalists and journalists covering gender-related issues; underlying legal and institutional frameworks; safeguards and steps to be taken to ensure adequate rights protections and accountability in the context of digital surveillance; recommendations to relevant stakeholders.
• Development of a reader friendly briefer, summarizing the above study.
• Carry out other tasks agreed with the Human Rights Officer.


The Consultant will carry out the aforementioned research and critical analysis through:
• Comprehensive survey and analysis of existing literature and other relevant documents, such as legislation, court documents, etc.;
• Consultations with journalists, news outlets, journalism organizations, civil society organizations, researchers, relevant UN entities, member states, and businesses;
• Research and compilation of references to international and regional human rights instruments and jurisprudence by international and regional human rights mechanisms, including by United Nations human rights treaty bodies and Special Procedures;
• Consultation with OHCHR staff with expertise on the topics covered by the study;
• Any other suitable methods.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: advanced degree in law, international relations or the equivalent. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights or law or related area is required. A minimum of 3 years experience in the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of digital technologies is required. Substantive experience in working on safety of journalists and media freedoms and related human rights issues is an advantage.
Language: Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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