Job Opening

Posting Title: Human Rights Officer
Posting Period: 09 December 2015 - 07 January 2016
Job Opening Number: 15-Human Rights-FMADPKO-51707-R- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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

The entire assessment process of this recruitment will take an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Human Rights Officers will be based in Kabul Headquarters, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Gardez field offices. The Human Rights Officers report to the Chief of Human Rights Section and support the work of human rights teams in Kabul Headquarters, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Gardez field offices.


Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officers will be responsible for providing substantive advice and support to the team by:
Providing substantive guidance and operational monitoring support on issues related to protection of civilians, elimination of violence against women, monitoring places of detention/prohibition of torture and human rights aspects of peace and reconciliation/transitional justice;
•Drafting of substantive analysis based on field research done by the team at the direction of the team leader or as per the direction of human rights thematic focal points in the Human Rights Unit HQ;
•Support preparation of weekly and fortnightly submissions to the Human Rights Unit’s internal reports;
•Providing substantive advice and organizational leadership to prepare consultations with local governmental officials, community leaders, civil society activists, communities affected by civilian casualty incidents;
•Organizing visits to places of detention, including facilities run by the National Directorate of Security, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Border Police, juvenile rehabilitation centres, and provincial prisons;
•Ensuring closer internal coordination between the human rights team, the Head of Office and other units of UNAMA through increased information sharing, and provide guidance and expert advice to relevant colleagues on the work of the human rights unit;
•Representing the human rights unit, as appropriate, at specific official functions, meeting and thematic events related to the mandate, including protection of civilians, violence against women, detention-related issues and human rights aspects of peace processes with other UN agencies, civil society groups, humanitarian organizations, government officials, Afghan National Security Forces and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF);
•Performing such other duties as may be required.


LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

PROFESSIONALISM: Good knowledge of international human rights law standards and international humanitarian law; knowledge of the human rights based approach to human rights field work and operational methods of work on civilian protection, working with women and child victims of human rights violations; child protection, and victims of torture; ability to relate complex human rights issues and perspectives, including gender perspectives, to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in conflict-affected areas. Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources. 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.

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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related area is required. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in field and headquarters locations at national and international levels in the human rights field, including in the cause and resolution of human rights conflicts in accordance with international standards, is required. Human Rights monitoring and reporting experience is required. A minimum of one year’s experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organisation or non-governmental organisation – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience conducting human rights investigations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good knowledge of Dari or Pashtu would be an advantage.

Assessment Method

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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