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Programme Analyst


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Cambodia
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:
Job Purpose and Organizational Context

Under the guidance of the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia and the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the Civil Society and Fundamental Freedoms Unit (CSU), the Programme Analyst analyzes legal, political, social and economic trends and their impact on human rights and provides policy advice services. The Programme Analyst will contribute to the strategy and direction of the activities of the thematic areas assigned and their implementation.

The Programme Analyst supervises programme support staff and coordinates activities of the CSU’s staff. The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with other Units, programme staff in other UN Agencies, OHCHR HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful OHCHR programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

The Programme Analyst contributes to the strategy and implementation of the OHCHR Programme, namely: analysis and guidance on human rights and fundamental freedoms issues and violations; monitoring and reporting on human rights violations; support to civil society groups and partners; providing advisory services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management; and material and other assistance to help implement programme recommendations. 

  • Implementation of CSU’s programme strategies
  • Maintain effective working relations with government counterparts and civil society organizations and facilitate technical assistance analysis and capacity building.
  • Document, monitor and report on the human rights situation in Cambodia.
  1. Ensures implementation of the CSU’s programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Thorough analysis and research of the legal, political, social and economic situation in the country and their impact on human rights. Contribute to the reporting requirements of OHCHR Cambodia, including individual cases, notes and reports.
  • Develop partnerships with UN Agencies, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors and civil society in the assigned thematic areas.
  • Contribute to and promote the work of the United Nations human rights mechanisms.
  • Support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur of Cambodia in her missions, advocacy, monitoring and reporting work.
  • Supervise and advise programme and support staff within the assigned thematic area.
  • When necessary, provide interpretation in meetings and oral and written translations of documents and correspondence from Khmer to English and from English to Khmer.
  • Maintain programme records and files accessible and in good order.
  • Perform other tasks as required.

      2. Maintain effective working relations with government counterparts and civil society organizations and facilitate technical assistance analysis and capacity            building where available, and in line with the CSU’s programme priorities.

  • Monitor and analyse legislation, policies and practices that affect human rights in Cambodia and improve their level of compliance with international human rights norms and standards.
  • Actively engage with governmental counterparts in the process of drafting or amending existing legislation to align with international human rights law (IHRL) obligations and provide a technical assistance necessary to improve their implementation to meet IHRL standards.
  • Provide technical inputs in the process of developing and adopting policies in accordance with international human rights norms and standards, and ensure the views of partners are incorporated in the policy discussions;
  • Organize and carry out briefings and training sessions for government counterparts, partners and human rights defenders.
  • Work closely with the relevant ministries and institutions to ensure that the application of laws of policies respects Cambodia’s international human rights obligations, including gender dimensions, and coordinate as necessary for intervention requests and responses.
       3. Document, monitor and report on the human rights and fundamental freedoms situation in Cambodia.
  • Conduct monitoring missions throughout the country, including to places of detention, to investigate individual cases or themes, including conducting interviews with all relevant stakeholders, such as victims of human rights abuses and violations and their families, national and local authorities, and others, as well as drafting reports, in line with OHCHR methodology.
  • Follow-up on individual cases requiring assistance as necessary, as part of the Office protection work.
  • Develop advocacy strategies to address individual human rights situations, trends or patterns.
  • Provide protection support for cases of human rights abuses and violations and assist OHCHR in raising cases with the relevant actors to ensure that they were positively addressed.
  • Ensure the gender dimensions are properly assessed in all human rights monitoring and reporting.
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 fundamental freedoms and 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 research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, 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
  • Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results
  • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns
  • Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges and remain calm in stressful situations
  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Core Competencies


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


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
  • Ask questions 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 the 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


  • 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 a 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


  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments
  • Adjusts priorities as required
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
  • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
  • Uses time efficiently
Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Law, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field; 


  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor) in combination with additional 2 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level.
  • Experience in legal and policy analysis and knowledge of the country’s laws and policies relating to human rights.
  • Experience in human rights monitoring and investigation.
  • Experience working in cooperation with the government, development partners and civil society organizations.
  • Strong computer skills using MS Office applications, including knowledge and practice of Khmer Unicode.
  • Readiness to undertake travel throughout the country.
  • Respect for confidentiality, discretion and integrity.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Khmer.
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