Job Opening

Posting Title: External Relations Officer (Partnership & Outreach), P4
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: WASHINGTON
Posting Period: 19 January 2023 - 17 February 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Public Information-OHCHR-199340-R-Washington (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Washington DC. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of the Donor and External Relations Section in Geneva and to the Head of the OHCHR presence in Washington DC, as second reporting officer.


Within delegated authority, the External Relations Officer (Outreach & Partnerships) will be responsible for the following duties:

Deepens existing relationships with current partners in Washington DC, at the USA Administration, Congress and other stakeholders to ensure their sustained support to OHCHR’s mandate:
- Designs an engagement strategy with current partners based on OHCHR’s Resource Mobilization and Partnership Strategy.
- Engages with existing partners to ensure they are updated on OHCHR’s work, challenges and needs (including through organizing briefings, supporting visits from OHCHR senior managers and colleagues to Washington DC, participating in events of relevance to the Office, etc.)
- Monitors and analyses funding mechanisms, calls for proposals and events, such as pledging conferences. Identifies and pursues opportunities to secure additional resources for OHCHR.
- Oversees the development of expressions of interest, concept notes and proposals for prospective contributions, including the initiation, preparation and processing of grant arrangements.
- Monitors and reports on agreed contributions and responds to ad hoc requests for information from partners.

Develops partnerships with new stakeholders in Washington, DC (within the USA Administration, Congress, think tanks, foundations, civil society, etc.) to ensure sustained support to OHCHR’s mandate:
- Identifies opportunities for outreach, engagement, resource mobilization and collaboration, which are aligned to OHCHR’s mandate, and follows up on these opportunities with OHCHR headquarters for an appropriate response.
- Designs an engagement strategy targeting key potential partners and actors in Washington DC, to enhance support for OHCHR and its work, based on OHCHR’s Resource Mobilization and Partnership Strategy.
- Engages with/cultivates new partners to ensure they are familiar with OHCHR’s mandate, priorities and needs.
- Prepares funding submissions and other relevant materials, responds to ad hoc requests for information from potential partners; monitors, analyses and follows up on funding opportunities.

Contributes to an office-wide consistent and coherent approach to partnership:
- Ensures coherent messaging to partners in Washington DC by providing relevant advice to OHCHR senior managers and colleagues from headquarters and the field.
- Develops and maintains deep knowledge and familiarity with current and prospective partners and relevant stakeholders, contributing to a database of key contacts for OHCHR.
- Prepares various written outputs like briefing notes, strategic and position papers for senior management, as requested.

Assists the Chief of the Donor and External Relations Section and the Head of the OHCHR presence in Washington, DC in any other tasks related to the present terms of reference, as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the international community and familiarity with the UN system. Knowledge of OHCHR's mandate and activities. Project management skills. Ability to work with minimal supervision and under pressure. Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication. Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes, and local conditions. Ability to conceptualize, design, and implement major information campaigns. Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources. Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships. Ability to produce a variety of written communications products in a clear, concise style. Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences. 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent degree), in social and political science, public administration, business administration or management, economics, international relations, or related fields. 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

At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in human rights/humanitarian or development work is required.

Out of the seven years, at least five years of experience in resource mobilization with governments is required.

Experience in developing partnerships with public and private entities is desirable.

Experience working in the United Nations common system or similar international organization, is desirable.

Experience working with government interlocutors or appropriation committees is desirable.

Experience negotiating with donors and/or Governments is desirable.


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


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 availability of funds.

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.

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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