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Human Rights Officer (OHCHR)

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 24 December 2019
  • Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
  • Country: Ukraine
  • City: Kyiv
  • Contract Type: TA Local
  • Post Level: NOB
  • Under the overall supervision of HRMMU Head of Mission and immediate supervision of the Head of Office in the geographical or thematic area of responsibility, the Human Rights Officer leads the work on assigned human rights activities ensuring the implementation of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine’s (HRMMU) mandate, including monitoring and reporting, of human rights situation in Ukraine, identification of emerging and evolving trends of human rights concerns and violations, provision of advice on human rights issues with the optimal use of resources designated to HRMMU through transparent process in accordance with the established strategies and priorities.


    • Identify human rights issues/problem areas, emerging and evolving trends of human rights concerns and violations as well as response and capacity gaps, and substantively contribute to the development of a strategy to respond to the situation;
    • Research, collect, document and analyse information pertaining to the human rights situation in the area of assignment;
    • Provide input and advice on human rights issues as relevant to the mission’s work in the geographic and/or thematic area of assignment;
    • Prepare briefing, interviews notes, analytical documents and substantively contribute to the production of various documentation and reports;
    • Ensure that all activities are conducted in compliance with relevant standards and methods of work, including for protection and safe handling of information;
    • Build and facilitate key contacts and partnerships to ensure effective dialogue/exchange on human rights issues;
    • Engage in dialogue and carry out advocacy with relevant national authorities (civil and military), civil society organizations, the United Nations Country Team members and other international actors and stakeholders on human rights promotion and protection with a view to ensuring respect for human rights obligations;
    • Coordinate with other relevant stakeholders, including regional organizations, in the pursuit of the mandate of the monitoring mission;
    • Liaise with national human rights institutions, national and international NGOs and other actors and stakeholders on issues relating to human rights, including their awareness and capacity to protect and promote human rights in the area of responsibility as well as raising an awareness of human rights information activities;
    • Ensure the integration of universally recognized human rights, and the gender dimension, in all activities to be carried out within the area of responsibilities;
    • Use information management tools developed by OHCHR, including the database;
    • Participate in and contributes to lessons learned processes;
    • Undertake other tasks as requested by the Head of the monitoring mission and Human Rights Officer in the geographic and/or thematic area of assignment.
    • The key results have an impact on coordination activities and fulfillment of HRMMU objectives, activities and outputs, in accordance with human rights situation on the assigned region and area of responsibility.


    • Innovation;
    • Leadership;
    • People Management;
    • Communication;
    • Delivery;
    • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
    • Respect for diversity;
    • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
    • Self-development, initiative-taking;
    • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
    • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
    • Creating synergies through self-control;
    • Managing conflict;
    • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
    • Informed and transparent decision making.
    • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating HRMMU’s mandate.
    • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues;
    • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.
    • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.
    • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.
    • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position;
    • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;
    • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning;
    • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.
    • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
    • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines.


    • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in law, social/political science, international relations or other relevant areas;
    • A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience, at the minimum a completed Bachelor’s degree and 2 additional years of extensive relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


    • A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in the promotion and protection of human rights and related areas;
    • Experience of monitoring and reporting on human rights situation and identifying relevant technical cooperation needs in a crisis context would be a significant asset. Knowledge of the region is an asset;
    • Experience in monitoring fundamental freedoms including freedom of assembly, association, expression and religious freedom and belief is an asset.

    Language Requirements:

    • Fluency in oral and written English, Ukrainian and Russian. 

    Important applicant information

    All posts in the NO categories are subject to local recruitment.

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    Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

    Workforce diversity

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    Contract Duration: 3 months, with a possibility of extension

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