Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 02 November 2022 - 01 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Administration-OHCHR-193463-R-Geneva (O)
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 Executive Office, Executive Direction and Management of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights (DHC) through the Special Assistant to the DHC.


Under the supervision of the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and in support and with guidance of the Special Assistant, the senior staff assistant is responsible for the following duties:

-Assists the Deputy High Commissioner in the organization of work; arranges and updates details of the Deputy High Commissioner's commitments, including the elaboration and alteration of appointments; ascertains which commitments can be accommodated within the existing schedule, anticipating overlaps, suggesting priorities among pending requests and maintaining related records and files.

-Assesses, responds, distributes/ refers correspondence, documents, information, telephone and personal inquiries made by Division Directors, Chiefs of Branch, other OHCHR staff, as well as members of Permanent Missions, civil society and others.

-Requests and keeps track of files for meetings and conferences in which the Deputy High Commissioner is involved; and organizes and keeps up-to-date system of files comprising both correspondence and documentation, including that of a confidential, personal and political nature.

-Makes all the necessary travel arrangements for the Deputy High Commissioner, including the visa formalities and keeps track of the programme of visits, hotel reservations and tickets.

-Ensures that all concerned are informed of the Deputy High Commissioner's visit and scheduled activities.

-Organizes regular travel meetings for the Deputy High Commissioner to discuss forward travel plans or specific missions, including colleagues from concerned Divisions/Branches, the Communications Section, the Security Section, the Special Assistant, and any other staff members designated to accompany the Deputy High Commissioner.

-Coordinates and prepares a consolidated de-briefing package to be shared with relevant colleagues and kept for the files.

-Takes the necessary administrative steps to support the management of sensitive human resources and personnel issues that are brought to the attention of the Deputy High Commissioner.

-Supports administrative arrangements for the selection of OHCHR staff for Executive Direction and Management including job openings, screening applications of candidates for short listing and setting up interviews.

-Creates, monitors and maintains the Executive Direction and Management staffing table.

-Creates, updates and ensures distribution of OHCHR internal templates and Standard Operating Procedures; assists in the preparation of budget proposals and performance reports.


PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge and understanding of general office, secretarial and administrative support, including administrative policies, processes and procedures. Ability to coordinate logistical aspects of meetings and travel. Proficiency in using standard Office packages. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION : Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view ; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect ; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions ; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems ; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects ; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

At least 10 years of administrative and senior secretarial experience are required.

Out of the ten years, at least five years of experience within the United Nations common system or a similar international organization is required.

Experience assisting a senior level official in the United Nations common system or a similar international or diplomatic entity is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for General Service and related positions must be authorized to work in the country where the position is located. A staff member subject to local recruitment is not eligible for the allowances or benefits applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test.

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.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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