Job Opening

Posting Title: External Relations Officer, P3
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 14 October 2022 - 27 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Public Information-OHCHR-191696-R-Geneva (X)
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 Donor and External Relations Section (ERS), External Outreach Service (EOS), of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. The incumbent will be under the supervision of the Chief of Section.


The External Relations Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

- Develops and maintains key strategic partnerships with new donors (governments, intergovernmental organizations, private donors, and others) in order to achieve a broad donor base for OHCHR by:
a) Developing an in-depth understanding of assigned donors’ (governments, intergovernmental organizations, private donors, and others) human rights, development and humanitarian policies and analysing opportunities for enhanced cooperation with OHCHR.
b) Organizing and participating in donor briefings; traveling to capitals to discuss with interlocutors in the relevant Ministries or partners as appropriate depending on portfolio.
c) ensuring the appropriate fundraising tools and information are, provided and disseminated to existing and potential donors including the Annual Appeal, and UN Interagency processes such as the Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF);
d) updating relevant parts of OHCHR websites.

– Serves as focal point for portfolio of assigned donors (governments, intergovernmental organisations, private donors, and others) to generate and encourage the highest level of donor contributions by:
a) Maintaining frequent and extensive contacts with assigned donors, including with the permanent missions in Geneva and donors’ capitals as appropriate.
b) Participating in the negotiations and contributions and funding arrangements with assigned donors (governments, intergovernmental organizations, private donors, and others) striving for timelines, predictability and flexibility and explores/research additional sources of funding or potential private donors depending on assigned portfolio.
c) Preparing funding submissions; coordinates the presentations of strategies and programmes to the donors with OHCHR Divisions/Branches and the field if appropriate including during annual consultations.
d) Coordinating adequate follow-up to reporting obligations, including preparing ad hoc reports and inputs into the Annual Report and reviewing and following-up on funding agreements with assigned donors.

- Contributes to ensuring an office-wide consistent and coherent approach to fundraising by:
a) Providing advice to Divisions/Branches and field offices on office-wide fundraising policies, strategies and approaches. Keeping assigned donor profiles updated. Accompanying the Chief of Section and senior management as appropriate on their missions to State capitals or relevant donor headquarters for fundraising purposes.
b) Preparing various written outputs like briefing notes, strategic and position papers for the senior management as requested. Drafting correspondence for donors; preparing funding and other statistical tables; researching, compiling, maintaining, and updating information on donor relations.
c) Ensuring, in cooperation with the relevant colleagues at HQ and in the field, that appropriate fundraising tools and information materials such as newsletters, brochures, factsheets etc. are created and produced including the Annual Appeal.
d) Ensuring in cooperation with the Finance an Budget Section in PSMS and other relevant sections/units that UN rules and procedures are duly respected. Following-up on pledges and the use of contributions and ensuring the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date information for senior management, staff and donors. Undertakes missions to the field offices in order to meet with the community of donors and coordinate fundraising and reporting activities with relevant staff members in the field offices.

- Assists the Chief of Section in any other her/his tasks as requested.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of external and donor relations including proven experience with the donor community; knowledge of programme management; knowledge of international affairs and the UN system especially regarding Financial Rules and Regulations; knowledge of and exposure to human rights/humanitarian or development issues and international affairs. Knowledge of OHCHR's mandates and activities are desirable. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Capacity to analyse and assess as well as the skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Outstanding drafting skills in English are essential. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) preferably in social science, political science, economics, international relations, or related fields. 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 five years of professional experience in the field of human rights, humanitarian, or development work is required.

Out of the five years, a minimum of four years of experience in donor relations and resource mobilization, including partnership building, with governments and/or private donors is required.

Field experience is required.

Experience working with complex donors such as the European Commission is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and knowledge of French or another official language are required. Knowledge of a third UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to 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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