Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 22 January 2018 - 07 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-89681-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Treaty Body Capacity Building Programme (TBCBP), Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division (HRCTMD) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Coordinator, Capacity Building Programme (CBP).


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

-Ensures the continuous development of tools, manuals and training materials, based on factual evidence gathered from the work of the treaty bodies, solid research and good practices, in order to support States, other stakeholders, as well as the trainers on the roster of trainers. Researches and collects good practices by States parties in fulfilling their human rights treaty obligations.
-Organises direct assistance at the national level for State party reporting to treaty bodies as well as the establishment of standing national reporting and coordination mechanisms; matches incoming request with roster members; prepares tailored concept notes, documentation, and meeting reports and participates in training activities, as necessary.
-Develops a roster of trainers with different backgrounds who can be deployed on technical assistance missions; manages the roster on a daily basis, creating a community of learning; maintains communication with and among members of the roster, responds to questions, and facilitates the exchange of lessons learned among roster members. Ensures that roster members are abreast of the latest developments in relation to treaty body working methods.
-Oversees upgrading of the Universal Human Rights Index and National Recommendations Database; contributes to the daily updating of information in the Universal Human Rights Index.
-Develops cooperation with regional human rights mechanisms with a view to strengthen the capacity of regional actors to provide training on treaty body reporting; organises regional or sub-regional training-of-trainers workshops to equip staff from regional human rights mechanisms and institutions and regional umbrella organizations of national human rights institutions with the knowledge and skills to provide support to States parties in the region for increased engagement with the treaty bodies; identifies trainers and participants, prepares the documentation and workshop reports.
-Provides advisory services and technical assistance support to States in fulfilling their treaty obligations, with a special focus on assisting States to submit initial and periodic reports to the treaty bodies and to establish or develop a standing national reporting and coordination mechanism (SNRCM).
-Prepares draft lists of issues for State reports to be examined by human rights treaty bodies and/or drafts concluding observations under the State reporting procedure.
-Conducts research on treaty body issues/themes.
-Ensures the effective backstopping of the human rights capacity building officers deployed in regional field presences.
-Liaises with desk officers at the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division.
-Contributes to the biennial report of the Secretary-General, mandated by the General Assembly resolution on treaty body strengthening, as pertains to capacity-building efforts and results achieved, as well as the situation in terms of ratifications and increased reporting.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights and in particular of the UN human rights treaty body mechanisms; good knowledge of training methodologies as well as devising and delivering training materials; ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to conduct data collection using various methods; conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources and 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. 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.

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.

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.


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 work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in the human rights or related fields at national and international levels is required. Work experience in connection with the human rights treaty bodies and/or information management is desirable.


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


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

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 September 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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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