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Human Rights Officer-OHCHR-(Nationals Only)- Two Positions


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Job Description

  • Country: Ukraine
  • Organization: UNDP
  • Deadline: 2023-11-15
  • No of Vacancies: N/A

Job Description

This position is open to Ukrainian Nationals Only


Under the overall supervision of HRMMU Head of Mission and immediate supervision of the Head of Office/Unit 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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and the direct supervision of a Head of Office/Unit in the geographic and/or thematic area of assignment, the National Human Rights Officer’s main responsibilities and tasks are as following:

  • 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 analyze 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, interview notes, and 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 the 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 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 contribute 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.

Impact of Results: 

The key results have an impact on coordination activities and fulfillment of HRMMU objectives, activities, and outputs, in accordance with the human rights situation in the assigned region and area of responsibility.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality, and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies, and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, analyze information, and draft human rights reports. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in law, social/political science, international relations, or other relevant area.


  • 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 (with Masters) or 4 years (with Bachelor degree) of professional experience in the promotion and protection of human rights and related areas.
  • Experience in monitoring and reporting on human rights situations and identifying relevant technical cooperation needs in a crisis context would be a significant asset.
  • Knowledge of the region is an asset.

Language requirements 

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

Applicant information about rosters

OHCHR 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 OHCHR at the same grade level and with similar job descriptions, experience, and educational requirements.

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