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Human Rights Officer

N'Djamena (Chad)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: N'Djamena (Chad)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-01

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of [the Team Leader; the Coordinator of the XX Unit – insert function of the supervisor] and the overall supervision of the Director of Human Rights or her/his designate, the

UNV Human Rights Officer will: [The following text is standard, but human rights components can amend/contextualize if needed.]

  • Facilitate the implementation of human rights mandate in the designated area of responsibility (AOR);
  • Gather information, analyse and report on the human rights situation in the designated AOR, including through close cooperation with other United Nations actors and the community;
  • Follow up on individual cases and issues with authorities with the aim of stopping or preventing human rights violations or seeking remedial action by the authorities to prevent similar violations occurring in the future;
  • Establish and maintain contacts with government representatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, UN agencies and other partners operating in the AOR;
  • Assist in conducting human rights capacity-building activities and in developing and implementing human rights training programmes;
  • Contribute to and/or draft various reports, communications, briefing notes, statements or other products;
  • Conduct fact-finding missions and investigations into abuses/violations of human rights or humanitarian law;
  • Ensure, coordinate and supervise the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established database; conduct quality control and deliver statistics and trend reports as required;
  • Ensure human rights mainstreaming within UN planning and programming;
  • Ensure the integration of gender perspectives, with specific attention to issues related to women and girls, including conflict-related sexual violence, within all assigned human rights activities;
  • Represent the UN human rights component at working level meetings, as relevant;
  • When working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-)governmental counterparts, set aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching, mentoring and formal and on-the-job training; and
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:

Degree level: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent). First-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Type of degree: Law, political science, international relations, social science, or another discipline relevant to human rights.

Required experience: 24 Months Experience remark:

Work experience: Two years of work experience in a field related to human rights. Knowledge of international human rights instruments and tools for the promotion and protection of human rights is required. [The following text is optional and can be amended, depending on the context of the mission/assignment.] Knowledge of international humanitarian law is desirable. Experience in human rights monitoring and reporting is desirable. Experience in research and drafting documents, such as reports, is desirable. Experience working in or on [region/country] is desirable. Experience working in a developing, conflict or post-conflict setting is an advantage.

Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise: Human rights, Rule of law, judicial and national legal system reform, Political affairs and political reporting Area of expertise details:

Computer skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) is required. Experience entering, managing and analysing large quantities of data/case information, including in databases, is desirable.

Driving license: Yes Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

Application deadline: 01-04-2020

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