Job Opening

Posting Title: Human Rights Officer
Duty Station: RAMALLAH
Posting Period: 01 August 2016 - 29 September 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-63821-R-Ramallah (X)
Staffing Exercise SE4(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 2)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Assessment Period

Eligible applicants will be invited to take a standard pre-selection test, which they will be informed of by email (please make sure your email address in inspira is correct) and/or on the "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page in Inspira. The standard pre-selection test will be given between 10:00 a.m. on 15 October to 9:59 a.m. on 17 October 2016 (EST, New York time). Applicants must complete the test during this 48-hour testing window in order to remain under consideration.

Please go to the following page to learn about the assessment process and the schedule of testing dates:

All applicants must check the exact testing windows for all tests in Inspira on the "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal ( after the closing of this job opening. Applicants should check regularly, in particular during the week before above referenced testing windows.
Previously rostered candidates who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.

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Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Ramallah, in the occupied Palestinian territory. Ramallah is classified as a “B” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station . The incumbent reports to the Head of the OHCHR Office in the occupied Palestinian territory.

OHCHR is mandated to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realisation, by all people, of all rights established in the Charter of the United Nations and in international human rights laws and treaties. OHCHR is guided in its work by the mandate provided by the General Assembly in resolution 48/141, the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent human rights instruments, the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, and the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document.

The OHCHR field presence in the occupied Palestinian territory was established in 1996 to implement the mandate of the High Commissioner to promote and protect the effective enjoyment and full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all people in the OPT without discrimination. This mandate includes monitoring and reporting, technical assistance, and capacity-building for the Palestinian Authority and civil society. In addition, OHCHR is specifically mandated by Human Rights Council resolutions S-9/1 and S-12/1 of 2009 to report regularly on the human rights situation in the OPT, including East Jerusalem. Pursuant to its mandate, OHCHR submits periodic reports to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly and informs discussions within other United Nations bodies.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Develop the Office’s work plan and annual cost plan in accordance with OHCHR’s objectives and monitoring its timely implementation;
• Coordinate the work of the Office on monitoring human rights violations, and on capacity building to the Government, civil society and the national human rights institution.
• Supervise, mentor and assess the performance of international and national staff working on the Office’s administrative, monitoring and capacity building functions, including through the adoption of workplans and regular appraisals of progress towards agreed goals;
• Establish working level cooperation with relevant Government ministries and institutions to assist in strengthening their capacity for protection of human rights
• Coordinate the administration of the Office, including procurement and contracting of services, recruitment of international and national staff, and oversight of budgetary matters. Ensure compliance of the Office with relevant OHCHR and UN policies;
• Supervise the management of the Office’s donor-funded projects, including the preparation of proposals, fulfilment of reporting requirements and maintenance of donor relations;
• Contribute substantively to the reports of the High Commissioner and the Secretary General, briefing materials for Geneva and New York, and press materials, including assuming leadership for drafts as required.
• Coordinate logistical support to the missions of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory.
• Deputize in the absence of the Head of Office including representing the Office with Government and NGO counterparts, as well as in the UN Country and Humanitarian Teams.
• Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Knowledge of international norms, mechanisms and procedures of protection, in particular the human rights treaty bodies. Excellent analytical, research and investigative skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. 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.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

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.

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 degree) in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. 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 7 years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in promoting and protecting human rights, and experience in programme management are required. Experience in human rights monitoring or supporting State parties in discharging obligations under international human rights treaties is desirable. Experience managing a team is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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