Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 10 April 2018 - 24 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-94285-R-Bangkok (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Bangkok. The incumbent reports to the OHCHR Regional Representative for South-East Asia in Bangkok and to the Chief of the Asia Pacific Section.


Under the direction of the Chief of Branch, the incumbent acts as the Migration Adviser and in this capacity he/she will be responsible for the following duties:

- Provides overall policy and strategic direction and effective leadership, particularly in programme development, support and advocacy on the rights of migrants in the Asia Pacific region;

- Manages the development of programmes and activities to increase attention to migration and human rights throughout the human rights programme in the region, and particularly to expand capacity and the expertise to provide assistance to Member States, – at their request, in the implementation of their obligations with regard to migrant rights and ensuring full integration of gender considerations ;

- Provides policy and strategic advice to human rights mechanisms, the High Commissioner and Member States on migrant rights in the region through the Regional Representative,and ensures the development of tools, programmes and support for human rights action and advocacy concerning migrant rights issues in the region;

- Establishes and leads a programme of research and analysis, in collaboration with relevant human rights mechanisms, on the promotion and protection migrant’s rights in the region, and for the development of approaches and initiatives to facilitate the provision of technical cooperation in this area;

- Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Regional Office in the area of migration, determining priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery; and carries out programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the implementation of the programme including assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, planning and reporting on budget and programme performance, and preparing inputs for reporting under results-based budgeting and the HC’s management plan.

- Develops and maintains relations with the relevant senior officials of Governments in the region, UN departments and agencies and other international organizations at national and regional levels in close coordination with the Regional Representative to ensure the consistent consideration of migrant rights in the development of specific initiatives in the economic and social fields, and encourages the development of systematic collaboration between the Office and selected partners, particularly in the UN system in the region;

- Provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.

- Performs other duties as may be requested.


PROFESSIONALISM: : Knowledge of the region of assignment. Comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of and exposure to issues pertaining to migration and human rights including promotion and protection of migrants’ rights and the inter-sectionarities with trafficking related issues; demonstrated ability to complete in-depth research, analysis and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights issues including integration of gender considerations; good political judgment and advocacy skills; excellent knowledge of international human rights instruments, mechanisms and institutional mandates, policies and guidelines relating to the United Nations work on human rights and in particular of the rights of migrants and on human trafficking; 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.

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.

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.

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 improvements; 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.

JUDGEMENT / DECISION-MAKING : Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly ; Gathers relevant information before making a decision ; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them ; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization ; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information ; Checks assumptions against facts ; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision ; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent degree), preferably 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 relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience, at international or national levels, in the human rights field, including in the area of migrant rights and human trafficking is required. Experience in programme and project management, including planning, budget and in results-based programme development and implementation is required. Experience in the region of assignment 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 desirable.


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 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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

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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