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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.

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

Early warning and prevention team lead, early warning analysis and identification of preventive measures, monitoring an evaluation:

– Develops and carries out appropriate risk and early warning analysis and identifies preventative measures to address human rights protection needs through remote monitoring or in country missions.
– Feeds in risk analysis to global prevention processes, e.g. Integrated Prevention Platform (RMR), United Nations Operations and Crises Centre UNOCC, IASC Early Warning Early Action Readiness Analysis in coordination with the Emergency Response Section and Geographic Sections.
– Reviews, monitors and evaluates activities relating to the implementation of international human rights instruments, including recommendations of treaty bodies and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council (HRC).
– Researches, collects and analyses information and documentation pertaining to emerging human rights concerns. In coordination with the Information Management Officer, finalizes products to present analysis in visually compelling and easily digestible formats.
– Guides and oversees the development of analytical human rights information products to support OHCHR’s work on early warning/prevention and humanitarian action.


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.

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, human rights, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field.
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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.

Out of the 7 years, a minimum of one year of demonstrated experience of coordinating a human rights programme with a focus on information management component is desirable.

Field experience with the United Nations Common system or similar international organization in an emergency or humanitarian setting is desirable.

Work experience on risk analysis and prevention is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of Portuguese is also 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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.

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