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  • National Human Rights Officer, SB4/1 (equivalent to NOB grade) at UNDP

  • Posted on: 9 August, 2018 Deadline: 17 August, 2018
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  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.

    National Human Rights Officer, SB4/1 (equivalent to NOB grade)


    Job ID: 17978
    Location: Makurdi-Benue and Nasarawa (Multiple duty stations including Middle Belt)
    Agency: Office High Comm for Human Rig
    Practice Area - Job Family: Management
    Grade: SB4
    Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)
    Posting Type: External
    Contract Duration: 6 months

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Within delegated authority, under the supervision of the Senior Human Rights Adviser, the National Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

    • Assists in researches, collection, verification and analyses of information relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area;
    • Assists in supporting UN and humanitarian actors in mission area on protection activities and compliance with human rights, and where appropriate, relevant authorities, including on the implementation of outcomes of UN human rights mechanisms;
    • Assists in conducting investigations of abuses and violations of  human rights and international humanitarian law;
    • Assists in timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases in an established database in compliance with established standards;
    • Assists in drafting reports, reviews and other types of communications in compliance with established standards and in particular with respect to reporting on human rights situation;
    • Liaises with other UN actors present in the mission area for the collection and verification of information on the human rights situation and informs on human rights considerations that should be taken into account by other actors, including those delivering humanitarian response or coordinating emergency preparedness and response activities, as well as by the UN mission in respect of future operations;
    • Assists in advocating with relevant authorities and other influential actors to stop or prevent human rights violations and provide redress to victims;
    • Assists in integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls’ rights issues in all activities;
    • Supports more senior staff and/or team leaders in planning, budgeting and other related duties as required


    • Proven sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviors accordingly;
    • In-depth knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative and rule of law reforms, gender mainstreaming and conflict-related sexual violence;
    • Good knowledge of institutional mandates, organizational policies, and methodologies relating to human rights;
    • Capacity to monitor and coordinate human rights-related matters with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders and to advocate for the respect and integration of human rights in various fora;
    • Good analytical and research skills, including the ability to gather, validate, evaluate and integrate relevant human rights information from a variety of sources, to assess their impact and to provide recommendations to redress situations;
    • Commitment to seek new and improved methods of work for accomplishing the work of the human rights component;
    • Ability to relate to and integrate human rights issues and perspectives into other fields, including humanitarian action, development, rule of law, legislation reforms and election support, to human rights issues and activities and vice versa;
    • Good knowledge of planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of human rights capacity development initiatives for multiple stakeholders;
    • Capacity to serve as internal resource person, share knowledge and to deliver training for colleagues and external stakeholders alike;
    • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

    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


    • 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.

    Technological Awareness:

    • Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.


    • 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

    Required Skills and Experience

    • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or in a related area.


    • 2 years of experience in assigned geographic locations in conflict situations in the area of human rights and humanitarian response, including in the causes and resolution of human rights conflicts and programme management are highly desired.

    Language Requirements:

    • Fluency in English (both oral and written), is required. Knowledge of local language is an advantage.

    Method of Application

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