United Nations Job Vacancy : Human Rights Officer

United Nations Job Vacancy : Human Rights Officer


Hiring company : United Nations

Based company : Switzerland 

Position : Human Rights Officer

Posted : 2023

Deadline : on going

Salary :Unknown

Employment Type : Full time

Address of company : Switzerland

About this job

This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division (HRCTMD), Universal Periodic Review Branch (UPRB). Under the general supervision of the Chief of UPRB, the incumbent reports to the Secretary of the Voluntary Fund for Financial and Technical Assistance, in the implementation of the universal periodic review and of the Voluntary Fund for participation in the universal periodic review.


  • Plans and coordinates activities related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective.
  • Supports the management of and reporting on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Voluntary Funds.
  • Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region or country.
  • Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators. 
  • Provides support to sub-commissions, commissions and other bodies, including the Board of Trustees of the Voluntary Fund for Financial and Technical Assistance in the implementation of the UPR; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies.
  • Promotes fundraising initiatives, including organizing meetings and briefings with donors.
  • Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme.
  • Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
  • Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
  • Promotes awareness-raising activities, including organizing public events, drafting communications materials and updating content on websites.
  • Directs capacity-building efforts on human rights in region/country of assignment.
  • Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
  • May provide guidance to new/junior staff.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge and understanding of the work of human rights mechanisms, in particular the Universal Periodic Review. 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, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment. 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.
  • PLANNING & 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.
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