Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: DOHA
Posting Period: 20 September 2022 - 03 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-189232-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 (UNTDC), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Doha. The incumbent reports to the Head of the UNTDC.


Under the direct supervision of the Head of the UNTDC, the incumbent serves as the Deputy Head of Centre and team leader/coordinator for the Human Rights Training and Education Unit, and will be responsible for the following duties:

1- Managerial responsibilities for assigned programme areas; development and delivery of training and education programmes, materials and tools and facilitation of knowledge building:
a) Serves as Coordinator of the Human Rights Training and Education Unit with responsibility for carrying out, in consultation with the Head of the Centre, work coordination actions in relation to the Unit; manages staff of the Unit; coordinates with other Units of the Centre to ensure complementarity and achieve comprehensive implementation of the Centre's mandate;
b) Develops, coordinates and supervises the production and delivery of regional human rights training and education programmes, materials and tools in identified priority areas, for use by the Centre, relevant OHCHR offices, government and other institutions, civil society organizations, formal and informal education institutions, and other audiences relevant to the Centre’s mandate, to strengthen their capacity in the field of human rights; and develops dissemination strategies for training and education materials;
c) Undertakes needs assessment exercises, based on OHCHR priorities in the region, to identify area where human rights training and education programmes or materials need to be developed, updated or customized, through consultative processes involving national and regional actors, OHCHR, including field offices, UN departments and agencies;
d) Ensures that all Centre's human rights education and training activities apply OHCHR methodology, including appropriate needs assessment and evaluation, to ensure their relevance, quality and impact; provides guidance to the Unit's staff to this end, and exervices quality control on the Centre's work products in this field;
e) Coordinates closely with OHCHR Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS), particularly the Human Rights Education and Training Unit, with regard to the application of OHCHR training methodology, and to ensure that experience on training at global, regional and country level is exchanged, good practices identified and applied to optimize training effectiveness and impact;
f) Prepares an annual workplan for the Unit, including relevant resource requirements, as part of the overall workplan of the Centre and based on identified needs and priorities, to ensure implementation of the Centre's human rights education and training mandate; keeps the Head of the Centre informed of progress and challenges; ensures reporting on activities and results as required;
g) Provides specialized training methodology support and advice to OHCHR field offices in the region to support country-level activities;
h) Develops partnerships with training institutions, selected academic institutions, and relevant UN entities;
i) Ensures that gender equality considerations are integrated into human rights training policies and programmes and evaluation processes and provides effective monitoring of the Centre's programme in this regard;

2- As Deputy Head of Centre, coordination of selected operational activities of the Centre, management of substantive matters, representation and outreach:
a) Coordinates the Centre's planning, monitoring and reporting, including development of workplan, monitoring of programme implementation and budget, and ensuring programme reporting; ensures systems are in place for tracking of activities and information management;
b) Drafts reports and a variety of other documents for the Centre; drafts and evaluates human rights technical projects and other activities as required and makes recommendations on actions to take;
c) Represents the Centre in meetings as required;
d) Performs other related duties as requested by the Head of Centre.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex human rights problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of designing and implementing human rights education and training programmes for different types of audiences and related methodologies. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures, particularly in the field of human rights education and training. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights. Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems. 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.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

PLANNING AND 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.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, human rights, education, political science, international relations, social sciences 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, education, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.

Out of the seven years, at least three (3) years of experience at the international level is required.

Experience in designing, managing and delivering human rights training and education programmes is required.

Experience in managing and supervising staff is required.

Experience in the UN Common system or similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic 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

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, 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, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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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