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11 Nov 2020

Human Rights Officer

Job Description

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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with duty station, Juba. The incumbents report to the Team leader of the Conflict related violations and Rapid Investigations Units, under the overall guidance and direction of the Director of the Human Rights Division (HRD).


Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties (please note that this job description is generic and therefore, activities listed below may not be carried out by all Human rights officer):

  • Conducts human rights monitoring activities in compliance with United Nations (UN) methodology and relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area;
  • Establishes as needed, baseline data for the appropriate monitoring of the human rights situation in the mission area;
  • Plans, coordinates and leads multidisciplinary teams in the conduct of investigations into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in compliance with UN
  • In conjunction with field offices, monitors and analyses human rights issues/events across South Sudan and identify situations that require investigation.
  • Contributes to the development of human rights profiles of individuals involved in serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in compliance with UN standards;
  • Advise on the overall Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) strategy, coordinate HRDDP Secretariat, work on risk assessment and profiling of human rights perpetrators in the framework of HRDDP as well as to monitor implementation of mitigating measures;
  • Coordinates with the other components of the mission such as the Force and UNPOL and JOC to ensure the smooth sharing of information and carry out the HR mandate in an integrated manner;
  • Coordinates the monitoring of and evaluates the legal system and its compliance with international human rights instruments and advises where appropriate, relevant authorities including on the implementation of UN recommendations;
  • Contributes to the integration of human rights in the mission’s protection of civilians (PoC) efforts and, where relevant, coordinates such efforts including by, inter-alia, identification of protection gaps and strengthens the existing protection response strategy by ensuring synergies within the mission, mapping and reporting protection risks, early warning, advising UN uniformed personnel on human rights issues during the conduct of their operations, and participating or coordinating in Joint Protection Teams, as required;
  • Contributes to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, through participating in or coordinating in Emergency preparedness and response activities including in the work of
    the Protection Cluster, as appropriate;
  • Ensures the integration of UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting, protection and investigation activities.
  • Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls’ rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;
  • Facilitates cooperation and appropriate communication with OHCHR in the establishment of policies and sharing of best practices;
  • Analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information of relevance to human rights, including from open sources;
  • Reaches out to various UN actors to collect and analyses information of relevance to human rights;
  • Maintains Human Rights Databases up to date and clear documentation systems
  • Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports;
  • Represents the HRD at working level meetings with other mission components, as well as with international and national partners operating in the area of assignment;
  • May provide guidance to new/junior staff;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Core Competencies:

Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights instruments applicable in conflict zones including international humanitarian law. Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems, i.e., political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, etc., causing civil unrest in a country or geographic area; Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on 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.

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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in human rights, 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
  • Experience working in an international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
  • A minimum of one-year experience in human rights monitoring and analyzing is required.
  • Experience in conducting human rights investigations is required.
  • Experience in working in a reporting team is desirable.
  • Previous experience in Sudan/South Sudan is desirable


English and French are the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

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.

Deadline: 23 November 2020

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