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Programme Analyst (Economic and Social Rights)

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
    • 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 the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia and the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights Unit (ESRU), the incumbent will contribute to the strategy and direction of the activities of the OHCHR ESRU and its implementation.

The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with other Units, as required to exchange information and support programme delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Programme Analyst contributes to the strategy and implementation of the ESRU Programme.  

Summary of key functions:

  1. Ensures implementation of programme strategies.
  2. Creation and maintenance of strategic partnerships and implementation of advocacy strategies.
  3. Monitor and coordinate with government counterparts and facilitate technical assistance analysis and capacity building where available and in line with program priorities.
  4. Monitor, report, investigate, and interview partners related to violations of economic and social rights.

Key result expected:

1. Ensures implementation of programme strategies:

  • When necessary, provide interpretation in meetings and oral and written translations of documents and correspondence from Khmer to English and from English to Khmer;
  • Contribute to and promote the work of the United Nations human rights mechanisms;
  • Contribute to the reporting requirements of the ESRU, including individual cases, notes and reports;
  • Maintain programme records and files accessible and in good order;
  • Perform other tasks as required;
  • Support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur of Cambodia in their missions, advocacy, monitoring and reporting work.

2. Creation and maintenance of strategic partnerships and implementation of advocacy strategies:

  • Contribute to the continued cooperation with and strengthening of monitoring, analysis, reporting and advocacy of partners who work on economic and social rights in Cambodia;
  • Engage with UN human rights mechanisms and facilitate the access of CSO and individuals to these mechanisms;
  • Provide advocacy, protection advice and best practices, and technical assistance to partners working on the protection and advancement of economic and social rights in order to ensure that human rights arguments, including gender perspectives, are fully incorporated into legislation and implementation of law;
  • Identify needs and opportunities to build the capacities of partners and human rights defenders and develop training activities accordingly.

3. Monitor and coordinate with government counterparts and facilitate technical assistance analysis and capacity building where available and in line with program priorities:

  • Monitor and analyse legislations, policies and practices that affect economic and social rights in Cambodia and improve the level of compliance of legislation/policy with international human rights norms and standards;
  • Actively engage with the Royal Government to facilitate exchanges for amendments to existing laws to align with international human rights law (IHRL) obligations or provide technical assistance necessary to improve the implementation of those laws to meet IHRL standards;
  • Organize and carry out briefings and training sessions for government counterparts, partners and human rights defenders.
  • Provide technical input in the process of developing and adopting policy for Cambodia in accordance with international human rights standards, and ensure the views of partners are incorporated in the policy discussions;
  • Work closely with the relevant ministries and governmental institutions in order to ensure that application of laws respect Cambodia’s international human rights obligations.

4. Monitor, report, investigate, and interview partners related to violations of economic and social rights:

  • 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.

Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the success of the OHCHR ESRU’s work plan, as it relates to the Unit’s advocacy strategy for the protection and promotion of economic and social rights.


The incumbent is expected to adhere to the core values of the United Nations – integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity - and demonstrate the following competencies:
Functional competencies


  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of human rights concepts and approaches, in particular with regards to human rights international and national norms related to economic, social and cultural rights;
  • Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems;
  • 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, and to advocate for the respect and integration of human rights in various fora;
  • Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent human rights research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research tools, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases, and ability to assist with data collection using various methods;
  • Ability to deliver presentations to external audiences and to build/maintain effective partnerships for the purpose of training and capacity-building;
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
  • Remains calm in stressful situations;
  • Ability and readiness to undertake travel throughout the country;
  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Core Competencies


  • 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 correspondence and other communications on a range of topics.


  • 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
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with sensitivity and respect for diversity


  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust respect
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients

Critical Success Factors

  • Respect for confidentiality, discretion and integrity.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Good knowledge of international human rights law, as well as the constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, negotiating skills.
  • Ability to work in a calm, competent and committed manner.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons and partners of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description.
  • Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national, cultural and social backgrounds.

Required Skills and Experience


  • A completed, advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in law, political or social sciences; or
  • A first level University degree (Bachelor) in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced University degree.


  • Up to 2 years of professional experience (with a Master degree) at the national or international level, or at least 2 years of professional experience (with a Bachelor degree) in litigation at the national or international level;
  • Experience in human rights monitoring and investigation;
  • Experience in legal and policy analysis and knowledge of the country’s laws and policies relating to economic and social rights;
  • Experience working in cooperation with government, development partners and civil society organizations;
  • Experience in giving presentations to both internal and external audiences.

Other requirements:

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

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Khmer.


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

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