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Human Rights Officer

Caracas (Venezuela)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Caracas (Venezuela)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-26

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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

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the unit coordinator or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Gather information and report on the human rights situation in the thematic area, including through contacts with other United Nations actors, state authorities and civil society,
  • Prepare and undertake field missions including the timely drafting of reports and follow up.
  • Conduct analysis of compliance of national legal framework and/or public policies with international human rights standards.
  • Promote dialogue between local human rights and civil society networks, local authorities and the OHCHR Office in Venezuela on measures to promote the observance of human rights in their locality.
  • Use the OHCHR database to enter cases and document allegations and violation of human rights violations.
  • Provide technical assistance and follow up to activities with counterparts and partners at different levels within the framework of the Office´s Mandate.
  • Assist in other duties relevant to the post, as requested by the Coordinator of the Unit.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level Bachelor degree or equivalent Educational additional comments
  • University degree in law, political science, international relations or social science with academic studies in human rights, at least three years of experience directly related to human rights.
  • An advanced university degree (Master's) is desirable.

Required experience 36 Months Experience remark

A minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of human rights at the national or international level. Experience working with/supporting civil society organizations, conducting human rights analysis, documenting individual cases of human rights violations and technical assistance and promotion of human rights desirable.

Experience in the field of Economic Social and Cultural Rights, development and/or humanitarian issues are an asset.

Language skills
  • Spanish(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise International law, Human rights Area of expertise details
  • Knowledge of the UN International human rights standards and mechanisms.
  • Experience working in the Latin American Region and/or knowledge of the human rights situation in Venezuela is considered an advantage.
  • Experience on monitoring and reporting on human rights desirable.
  • Experience in the application of international human rights law, standards and protections mechanisms is highly desirable.
  • Commitment to volunteerism, previous experience as a volunteer or with human rights volunteer organizations is an advantage.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and Spanish; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel and to deliver under pressure;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated; ability to work with tight deadlines.
Driving license Competencies values Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, 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: 26 September 2021 at 23:59hrs, Germany time
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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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