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Associate Human Rights Officer, P-2
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   14 Feb 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

All applicants will be notified in writing as to the status of their application (successful or unsuccessful) at the end of the recruitment/rostering/selection process within 14 days (see ST/AI/2010/3 on Staff Selection System). The process for rostering based on Generic Job Openings usually takes from 4 to 6 months from the date the vacancy is posted.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Within delegated authority, the Associate Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties (these duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Associate Human Rights Officers): Researches, collects, verifies, analyses and monitors information relevant to the observance of the international human rights and humanitarian law in the designated mission area; Participates in discussions with relevant authorities and other influential actors with a view to stop or prevent human rights violations, seeks remedial action by the authorities and prevent similar violations from occurring in the future; Assists in liaison with appropriate national authorities, civil society, United Nations (UN) actors and bodies, and other relevant partners to monitor developments in the human rights situation; Monitors the legal systems and their compliance with international human rights instruments, as well as the implementation of human rights recommendations by UN bodies; Assists in the development of initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses; Participates in investigations of human rights and international humanitarian law violations; Drafts a variety of reports, briefings and other types of communications in compliance with established standards; Contributes to the formulation of meaningful recommendations and strategies to better promote and protect human rights in the mission area; Contributes to the mainstreaming of human rights in the formulation and implementation of projects and programmes of the UN peace mission and UN agencies at country and local levels; Supports the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, through participating in emergency preparedness and response activities, including the work of the Protection Cluster, as appropriate; Works directly with other components of the UN peace operation, including the police and military, to integrate human rights considerations into their respective activities; Assists in supporting and coordinating capacity-building efforts, including for the alignment of legislative and rule of law reforms with international human rights norms and to assist the State in meeting international human rights law obligations; Supports national authorities in their implementation of recommendations by UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council; Participates in the design, delivery and evaluation of human rights training programmes for national officials, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders; Ensures the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases in an established database in compliance with established standards; Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/ considerations and specific women/girls’ rights issues in all activities; Integrates UN-developed methodology in human rights monitoring, reporting and investigation activities; Performs other related duties as required.

PROFESSIONALISM: Sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly; Sound knowledge of fundamental human rights principles and international mechanisms system, including basic notions on related fields; Basic knowledge of institutional mandates and human rights methodologies relating to the position; Capacity to monitor human rights related matters using multiple sources of information and ability to indicate possible means for their resolution, including assisting in advocacy efforts; Basic ability to gather, validate, evaluate and integrate human rights relevant information from a variety of sources; Ability to identify new and better approaches to work processes and to incorporate them in daily work; Ability to understand the relevance of other fields -humanitarian action, development, rule of law, legislation reforms and election support, to human rights issues and activities and vice versa; Basic knowledge of project management principles and procedures and ability to integrate them in daily work; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: 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 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. 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. TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of two years of progressively professional experience in human rights or a closely related field, including a minimum of six months in assigned field locations in development and/or conflict/post-conflict environments, is required. Experience working with international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms and knowledge is desirable.

Fluency in one of the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, English or French (both oral and written), is required. Working knowledge of English is required.

Other Skills
A valid driver's license and experience driving a vehicle with manual transmission is required. Arabic speakers are encouraged to apply.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
  1. To start the application process, applicants are required to register by opening a "My UN" account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in the form and choose a User Name and Password.

  2. After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.

  3. In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.

  4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.


Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.