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National Professional Officer

Tegucigalpa (Honduras)


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras (OHCHR Honduras) is seeking a National Professional Officer that provides analysis and advice which contributes to the promotion and protection of human rights, with a particular focus on the human rights of indigenous peoples. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The key results impact on the successful implementation of the OHCHR mandate, strategy and plan of work in Honduras. It will impact on the prevention and protection response of the Office, the quality of the technical assistance and capacity building extended, the sustainability of results. 
Summary of key functions:
  • Identify and analyze legislation and policies in the area of the human rights of indigenous peoples, and follow up on their implementation, in the light of international standards, jurisprudence of  human rights mechanisms, regional and international, and recommendations extended to Honduras
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a strategy to improve the protection of indigenous peoples’ rights and provide expert advice and technical assistance to state institutions, parliament, communities and other stakeholders, in the development, reform and implementation of legislation, policies and programs.
  • Cooperate in the organization of seminars, workshops and consultations at the national and local level to promote knowledge of standards and jurisprudence in the area of the rights of indigenous peoples, and how such standards are to be used to protect and promote human rights in the context of development.
  • Work with the UNCT in Honduras to integrate indigenous peoples' rights, including their gender dimensions in their programs; promote the use of a HRBA that is based on human rights including the UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.  
  • Contribute to the development of papers, briefings, advocacy materials, presentations and methodological tools to promote awareness and understanding of the rights of indigenous peoples.
  • Participate in human rights monitoring including through field missions and engagement at community level and provide advice to OHCHR and UN colleagues.
  • Assist in other tasks as required by the achievement of objectives and the mandate of OHCHR-Honduras. 


UN Competencies 
Professionalism – Very good knowledge of the international and regional human rights standards and their practical implementation and proven knowledge and experience in the area of indigenous people’s rights. Demonstrated ability to analyze proposed norms and polices for compliance with international human rights standards. Ability to relate human rights issues and perspectives, including gender issues, to indigenous issues and to related political, social, economic and humanitarian programs in the country. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.  
Communication - Good communication (spoken, written and presentational) skills, including the ability to produce a variety of written reports. 
Planning and Organizing - Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to establish priorities and to plan coordinate and monitor related activities. 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. 
Teamwork - Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. 
Technological awareness - proficiency in use of relevant software applications and systems (particularly Spreadsheets, Word-processing, and Presentation software) required.

Required Skills and Experience

A degree in law is required. Formal education in human rights and/or indigenous peoples’ rights is required.  
Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience at national and/or international levels in the human rights and indigenous peoples’ area. Working experience with United Nations or an international organization will be an advantage. 
Language Requirements:
Fluency in Spanish and working knowledge of English. 


Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-01

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