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Associate Human Rights Officer (multiple DS: Kyiv, Dnipro, Odesa, Poltava)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kyiv
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: Closed

Organizational Context

Under the overall supervision of HRMMU Head of Mission and immediate supervision of the Head of Office in the geographical or thematic area of responsibility, the Human Rights Officer performs the work on assigned human rights activities ensuring the implementation of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine’s (HRMMU) mandate, including monitoring and reporting of human rights situation in Ukraine, identification of emerging and evolving trends of human rights concerns and violations, provision of advice on human rights issues with the optimal use of resources designated to HRMMU through transparent process in accordance with the established strategies and priorities.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, and the direct supervision of a Head of Office in the geographic area of assignment, the National Human Rights Officer's main responsibilities and tasks are as following:

  • Contribute to identification of human rights issues/problem areas, emerging and evolving trends of human rights concerns and violations as well as response and capacity gaps, and assist in the development of a strategy to respond to the situation;
  • Research, collect, document and analyze information pertaining to the human rights situation in the area of assignment;
  • Provide input and advice on human rights issues as relevant to the mission's work in the geographic area of assignment;
  • Prepare briefing, interviews notes, analytical documents and contribute to the production of various documentation and reports;
  • Ensure that all activities are conducted in compliance with relevant standards and methods of work, including for protection and safe handling of information;
  • Provides support to building and facilitation of key contacts and partnerships to ensure effective dialogue/exchange on human rights issues;
  • Support coordination with other relevant stakeholders, including regional organizations, in the pursuit of the mandate of the monitoring mission;
  • Ensure the integration of universally recognized human rights, and the gender dimension, in all activities to be carried out within the area of responsibilities;
  • Use information management tools developed by OHCHR, including the database;
  • Participate in and contribute to lessons learned processes;
  • Undertake other tasks as requested by the Head of the monitoring mission and Human Rights Officer in the geographic area of assignment

Competencies and Critical Success Factors

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of human rights issues and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. Research and analytical skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of human rights issues. Ability to identify sources for data collection, analyze information and draft human rights reports. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Teamwork:  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 not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning&Organizing:  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.

Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in law, social/political science, international relations or other relevant area.

A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience, at the minimum a completed Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of extensive relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Up to 2 years of professional experience in the promotion and protection of human rights and related areas. Experience of monitoring and reporting on human rights situation and identifying relevant technical cooperation needs in a crisis context would be a significant asset. Knowledge of the region is an asset.

Language Requirements:    
Fluency in oral and written English, Ukrainian and Russian. 


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Note: This position is open only for Candidates residents in Ukraine

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