Department/Office:Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:24 September 2020 – 07 November 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-135414-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is found in the Office of the Director, Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division (HRCTMD), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the CTMD Director and will report directly to the Human Rights Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Associate Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Facilitates the organization of NGO-related meetings in the context of the sessions and other meetings of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and, as appropriate, its subsidiary bodies, particularly through coordinating the receipt and processing of requests, verifying eligibility and other criteria, preparation of documentation and materials, coordinating coverage, attending and providing support during meetings and ensuring follow-up as appropriate.
•Processes NGO written statements for HRC sessions, in particular through coordinating the system of their submission, verifying eligibility and other criteria, liaising with OHCHR and UNOG colleagues, and assisting in coordinating the process as appropriate.
•Assists in supporting Treaty Bodies in coordinating participation and engagement with civil society, as might be required.
•Attends to queries/requests from civil society actors on their engagement with the relevant human rights mechanisms.
•Liaises with civil society actors, OHCHR, UN and other actors on civil society matters.
•Prepares statistics, keeps track and compiles information on the engagement and participation of civil society actors in the above-mentioned human rights mechanisms; maintains relevant databases and webpages.
•Drafts correspondence and a variety of reports; researches, collects and disseminates, as appropriate, information pertaining to NGOs’ engagement with the relevant human rights mechanisms.
•Participates in human rights training programmes, in particular for representatives of the civil society on engagement with the UN human rights mechanisms.
•Performs other duties related to the civil society’s participation and engagement with the human rights mechanisms covered by the Division, as required.
•Facilitates internal exchange of information and practices as well as coordination on civil society issues among relevant human rights mechanisms and with other parts of the Office and UN, including through preparing analytical papers, devising and updating tools and documents as necessary, undertaking mapping exercises, and collecting inputs.
•Contributes to outreach and human rights mainstreaming initiatives; undertakes missions if required.
•When required, provides support on matters related to human resources, finance and operational management.
•Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, analyze information and draft human rights reports. 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.

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.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of experience in human rights or related field is required.
Experience in the functioning of international organizations, in particular the UN system and its organs concerned with human rights is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English or French 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.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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