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-94396-F-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 High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Regional Office for South-East Asia located in Bangkok.

Bangkok is classified as "H" duty station and is a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the OHCHR Regional Representative in Bangkok.


Under the supervision of Regional Representative, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

-Assists the work of the Regional Office to support the strengthening of United Nations regional system and UN country teams coherence on human rights normative-operational linkages including in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;

-Assists the Regional Representative to oversee the execution of the Office work plan ensuring optimal use of resources allocated to relevant project, the necessary coordination and organization among all programme areas, and supervises the daily activities of the Office;

-Coordinates and provides guidance on policy, programming and capacity development support in the area of human rights mainstreaming from the Regional Office to UN actors in the region;

-Prepares monthly and annual reports on activities and achievements of the objectives set in the work plan;

-Upon request provides advice, training and technical assistance to further catalyzing coordinated UN responses in order to strengthen national capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights, including follow up to recommendations from the human rights mechanisms;

-Works with UN in the region to integrate human rights perspective into their programmes and helps to design and implement the human rights programme of the Office and organization and focus of evaluations;

-Ensures up-to-date information among main partners in the region regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights mainstreaming and makes recommendations on actions to take;

-Maintains contact with other sectors of the UN in countries of the region, other international organizations and government counterparts on human rights mainstreaming coordination and
policy matters, briefs representatives and provides as appropriate suggestions and recommendations;

-Assists in the development and implementation of a training program in the area of human rights mainstreaming with particular attention to gender perspectives;

-Responsible for carrying out, in consultation with the Regional Representative, coordination work and administrative functions related to planning and budget of human rights mainstreaming projects and initiatives;

-Trains and supervises new/junior staff;

-Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including, human rights mainstreaming in the current context of the Asia Pacific region; approaches and techniques to identify and address gaps with respect to human rights protection and promotion; ability to assess and address needs for technical assistance and capacity building in the area of human rights mainstreaming for regional and national partners; Supports the integration of human rights into humanitarian responses and UN development plans and processes. Knowledge of and exposure to institutional mandates and the work of UN human rights mechanisms; Knowledge of the Asia region; Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the country, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, human rights, political science or international relations, social sciences or other related disciplines. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience maybe accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, international relations, law or related area. Experience working with the United Nations on the integration of human rights in policies and programmes at regional and national levels is desirable. Experience in the Asia region is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

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

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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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