Job Opening

Posting Title: EXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER (Reporting), P3
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 31 August 2017 - 14 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-OHCHR-82151-R-Geneva (X)
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.

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.

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Donor and External Relations Section, External Outreach Service of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. The incumbent will be under the supervision of the Chief of Section.


Under the supervision of the Chief of Section, the External Relations Officer (Reporting) will be responsible for the following duties:

- Contributes to ensuring an office wide consistent and coherent approach to donor relations by:
Coordinating adequate follow-up to reporting obligations, including preparing ad hoc reports and inputs into the Annual Report; Undertaking missions to 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; Ensuring, in cooperation with 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 and Annual Report; Ensuring, in cooperation with the Finance and Budget Section in (PSMS) and other relevant sections/units, that UN rules and procedures are duly respected; Providing advice to Divisions/Branches and field offices on office-wide fundraising policies, strategies and approaches; Keeping assigned donor profiles updated; Preparing various written outputs like drafting 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 up-dating information on donor relations; 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.

- Serves as focal point for a portfolio of assigned donors (governments, intergovernmental organizations, private donors and others) to generate and encourage the highest level of donor contributions.

- 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:
Developing an in depth understanding of assigned donors’ (governments, intergovernmental organizations, private donors, and others) human rights, development and humanitarian policies and analyses opportunities for enhanced cooperation with OHCHR, by maintaining frequent and extensive contacts with assigned donors, including with the permanent missions in Geneva and donors’ capitals as appropriate; Participating in the negotiation of contributions and funding arrangements with assigned donors (governments, intergovernmental organizations, private donors) and other donors, striving for timeliness, predictability and flexibility and explores/researches additional sources of funding or potential private donor partners depending on assigned portfolio; Preparing funding submissions; reviewing and following-up on funding agreements with assigned donors; coordinates the presentation of strategies and programmes to the donors with OHCHR Divisions/branches and the field if appropriate including during annual consultations. Assists the Chief of Section in any of his/her tasks as requested.


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.

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) preferably in social or political science, public administration, business administrative or management, economics, international relations, or related fields is required. 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 five years of professional experience in the field of human rights/humanitarian or development work, either at Headquarters or in the field, out of which 4 years of experience in donor relations and resource mobilization with governments, is required. Field experience and experience working with complex donors such as the European Commission are an asset.


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


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

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.

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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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