Human Rights Analyst
UNOHCHR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNOHCHR does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
On 25 September 2019, the Government of Sudan and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights signed the Host Country Agreement paving the way for the establishment of a fully mandated OHCHR office in Sudan, with offices in Darfur, Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile and East Sudan. On 6 October 2020, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 45/25, which welcomes the establishment of a fully mandated country office with field presences in Sudan, and requests the Secretary General to provide all the resources necessary to establish and operate such a country office.
The OHCHR Sudan Country Office works on six key areas that match the Government’s priorities and the vision laid out in the Constitutional Document, which frames the transition period in Sudan. The six key areas of work are: (1) Advancing sustainable development through Human Rights (2) Strengthening Rule of Law and Accountability (3) Enhancing participation and protecting civic space (4) Enhancing equality and countering discrimination (5) Preventing violations and strengthening protection of human rights (6) Increasing implementation of international human rights mechanism’s outcomes.
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position will be located within the OHCHR Office in Khartoum. The incumbent will report to the Head of Office and Coordinator of Equality & Leave No One Behind Team (LNOB Team).
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
- Planning and Coordination
- Human Rights Monitoring and Reporting, focusing on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR)
- Undertakes capacity building activities
- Provision of advisory and technical support
1- Planning and Coordination
- Develops and, where appropriate, coordinates initiatives to strengthen the response to systematic and/or emerging patterns of human rights violations and abuses, including focusing ESCR.
- Liaises with appropriate national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to monitor developments in the field of human rights, focusing on ESCR, SDGs and Leave No One Behind.
- Ensures cooperation and appropriate communication with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the establishment of policies and sharing of best practices. Contributes to the mainstreaming of human rights in the formulation and implementation of UN peace programmes at the country level.
2- Human rights monitoring and reporting:
- Conducts researches and collects, verifies, analyses and synthesizes information related to human rights, including focusing on ESCR from open sources.
- Conducts monitoring and investigation of human rights, focusing on ESCR and keep the Office abreast of issues and developments.
- Drafts a variety of reports and briefings in compliance with established standards.
3- Undertakes capacity-building activities:
- Designs, as appropriate, delivers and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials/civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders.
- Supports national-authorities in implementation of recommendations emanated from the UN Human Rights mechanisms (Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures, UPR and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council).
4- Provision of technical support and expert advice
- Advocates with relevant authorities and other influential actors to protect and promote ESCR and countering discrimination.
- Monitors the legal systems and their compliance with international human rights instruments and, where appropriate, advises relevant authorities, including on the implementation of recommendations by UN human rights mechanisms.
- Suggests strategies to better promote and protect human rights.
- Contributes to promote ESCR in transitional justice processes and advises national counterparts on strengthening accountability of past HR violations, including ESCR as appropriate.
- Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities and for the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work of the Office.
- Performs other related tasks as required.
Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
Ability to persuade others to follow.
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex human rights problems.
Planning and Organization:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments.
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
Required Skills and Experience
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, or other disciplines related to human rights.
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of 2 years with a master’s degree or 4 years with a Bachelor’s of progressively responsible and relevant experience in human rights, preferably in the field of ESCR, international relations, or closely related areas is required.
Fluency in both spoken and written English and Arabic is required.