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Programme Associate (Economic and Social Rights)

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-16

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*Note: This position is part of the Change Management process for OHCHR Cambodia and is only open to internal affected staff members.

Under the overall guidance of Representative and direct supervisor of the Coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights Unit (ESRU), the Programme Associate ensures effective delivery of the Country Office programme by supporting programme implementation of the activities of the Unit.

The Programme Associate works in close collaboration with the administrative and programme staff of OHCHR as required to exchange information and support programme delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Provide support on the monitoring and analysis of legislation, policies and practices that impact on human rights
  • Provide support to the capacity building, monitoring and protection work
  • Contribute to the successful implementation of the Unit work plan and office work

1. Provide support on the monitoring and analysis of legislation, policies and practices that impact on human rights focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Support the Head of Unit in the review of legislation, policies and practices from a human rights perspective, help with basic research and summaries of findings as appropriate, and provide inputs on recommended changes;
  • Assist the Head of Unit to identify, develop and implement protection responses and advocacy efforts, to improve the level of respect for human rights.

2. Provide support to the capacity building, monitoring and protection work focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Contribute to the design, preparation and delivery of capacity building of the Units;
  • Support the design, preparation and organization of programme meetings, workshops and conferences;
  • Conduct confidential interviews with victims of human rights violations, families of individuals affected by human rights violations, government counterparts, and others as appropriate and provide written input to the Office reports to the authorities in charge, in line with OHCHR methodology;
  • Follow-up on individual cases requiring assistance as necessary, as part of the Office protection work;
  • Provide protection support for cases of human rights violations cases and assist OHCHR in raising cases with the relevant actors to ensure that they were positively addressed;
  • Contribute to foster and maintain good relations with governmental and non-governmental partners;
  • Liaise with programme partners to exchange information, analyze situation and help programme implementation.

3. Contribute to the successful implementation of the Unit work plan and office work focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • When necessary, provides interpretation in meetings and oral and written translations of documents and correspondence from Khmer to English and from English to Khmer;
  • Contributes to and promotes the work of the United Nations human rights mechanisms;
  • Supports the mandate of the Special Rapporteur of Cambodia in their missions, advocacy, monitoring and reporting work;
  • Contributes to the reporting requirements of the Unit, including individual cases, notes and reports;
  • Acts as administrative and budget focal point including assisting team in raising travel requests in the UN’s centralized system, preparing logistic and other administrative work for Unit-organized events such as training/seminar;
  • Maintain programme records and files accessible and in good order;
  • Perform other tasks as required including formatting letters and other official written communication.

Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the ESRU’s work plan and success in implementation of programme strategies.  Accurate research, analysis, data entry and presentation of information ensure proper programme implementation.




  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of human rights, in particular international and national human rights norms;
  • Capacity to plan, monitor, evaluate and coordinate human rights related matters with Governmental and Non-Governmental partners, other United Nations Agencies, and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Ability to work well with figures, undertake basic research, gather information from standard sources, organize information and ability to assist with data collection using various methods;
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements;
  • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given;
  • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges and remain calm in stressful situations;
  • Responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work



  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments
  • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
  • Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
  • Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
  • Listens to other, correctly interprets messages from other and responds appropriately
  • Ask question to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
  • Good communication (spoken and written) skills in English and Khmer, including ability to draft /edit briefing notes, reports and other communications on a range of topics
  • Ability to make presentations to both internal and external audiences
  • Applies technology to appropriate tasks


  • 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 entirely reflect own position
  • Share credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings
  • Seeks to understand the purposes of each task and determine the direction to take with other team members
  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with sensitivity and respect for diversity

Required Skills and Experience


  • Secondary Education, preferably with specialized certification in law, political or social sciences. University Degree in Law, Political Sciences and Social Sciences or related field would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.


  • 6 years of progressively responsible experience in the area of human rights or law at the national or international level is required;
  • Experience working in cooperation with government, development partners and civil society organizations;
  • Experience in human rights monitoring is an asset;
  • Experience writing briefing notes and reports in both English and Khmer is an asset.  

Other requirements:

  • Strong computer skills using MS Office applications, including knowledge and practice of Khmer Unicode;
  • Readiness to undertake travel throughout the country;
  • Respect of confidentiality, discretion and integrity.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Khmer.


Important applicant information

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

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