Exciting Opportunity: Human Rights Officer at UN OHCHR

Exciting Opportunity: Human Rights Officer at UN OHCHR

Human Rights Officer (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Opening ID: 236843
Job Network: Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family: Human Rights Affairs
Category and Level: Professional and Higher Categories, P-4
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Date Posted: June 13, 2024
Deadline: June 19, 2024

Exciting Opportunity: Human Rights Officer at UN OHCHR
Exciting Opportunity: Human Rights Officer at UN OHCHR



Organization Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division (TESPRDD), based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Human Rights Officer reports directly to the Senior Human Rights Officer in the Office of the Director, TESPRDD.


Exciting Opportunity: Human Rights Officer at UN OHCHR

Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Policy Development and Implementation: Develops and implements policies and programs on human rights and digital technology.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Reviews, monitors, and evaluates activities related to digital technologies and the implementation of international human rights instruments, including recommendations of treaty bodies, mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, and special procedures.
  • Reporting: Prepares relevant sections of reports for the General Assembly, Human Rights Council (HRC), and other bodies concerning human rights and digital technology.
  • Collaboration: Works with UN and non-governmental programs to integrate human rights and digital technology, considering gender dimensions in their programs.
  • Information Management: Ensures up-to-date information regarding substantive matters in the field of human rights and digital technology, and makes recommendations on actions to take.
  • Representation: Represents the Office on matters of human rights and digital technology.
  • Coordination: Engages in policy matters and plans of action on human rights and technology, liaising with other sectors of the UN, international organizations, and governments.
  • Training and Supervision: Develops and implements training programs in human rights and digital technology, democracy, and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives. Trains and supervises new/junior staff.
  • Additional Duties: Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues related to digital technology, including approaches and techniques to address complex human rights problems. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from various sources and assess impact on human rights. Demonstrates skills in training civil authorities and advocacy groups to recognize warning signs of unrest and take preventive actions.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages, asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience and shares information openly.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input, values others’ ideas, and is willing to learn from others. Supports team decisions and shares credit for accomplishments, accepting joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, or related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Exciting Opportunity: Human Rights Officer at UN OHCHR
Exciting Opportunity: Human Rights Officer at UN OHCHR

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law, or a related area is required.
  • Experience in policy work related to the impact of digital technologies on human rights is desirable.
  • Experience in advocacy with Member States and companies on the impact of digital technology on human rights is desirable.


  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

  • Duration: This position is temporarily available until December 31, 2024, with the possibility of extension, subject to availability of funds.
  • Temporary Assignment: If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  • Experience Opportunity: While this temporary assignment provides new work experience, it has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Eligibility: Subject to funding, eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station. This opening may be limited to “internal candidates” recruited through competitive examination or staff selection processes, including a central review body.
  • Mandatory Age of Separation: Staff members nearing mandatory age of separation or retirement within the temporary need period are not eligible. Submitting an application or selection for this temporary job does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
  • Retirees: Retirees above the mandatory age of separation must indicate “retirement” as the reason for their last separation. Such retirees shall not be employed unless operational requirements cannot be met by qualified staff, and the employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members.

United Nations Considerations

  • Recruitment Standards: According to Article 101, paragraph 3, of the UN Charter, the paramount consideration is securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.
  • Ineligibility: Candidates will not be considered if they have committed violations of international human rights law, humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe they were involved in such acts.
  • Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability for sexual purposes, including profiting monetarily, socially, or politically from such exploitation. “Sexual abuse” refers to actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature under coercive conditions. “Sexual harassment” includes unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that causes offence or humiliation and interferes with work.
  • Criminal Record: Candidates with a history of crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered.
  • Geographical Diversity: The UN places importance on recruiting staff from diverse geographical backgrounds.
  • Inclusivity: The UN recruits regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, or disabilities. Reasonable accommodations may be provided for applicants with disabilities upon request.
  • Mobility: Staff members in the Professional and higher categories are required to move periodically to different duty stations under conditions established in the mobility policy.

Application Instructions

Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. The evaluation of applicants will be based on the information submitted in the application according to the job opening’s evaluation criteria and applicable internal UN legislations, including the UN Charter, General Assembly resolutions, Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances, and guidelines. Complete and accurate information must be provided. No amendments will be accepted after submission. Candidates under serious consideration will be subject to reference checks.

No Fee

The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training) and does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

Keywords: Human Rights Officer, OHCHR, Geneva, digital technology, human rights policies, international human rights instruments, Human Rights Council, treaty bodies, gender perspectives, policy development, UN official languages, political science, international relations, advocacy, training programs, coordination, evaluation, communication, teamwork.


Exciting Opportunity: Human Rights Officer at UN OHCHR
Exciting Opportunity: Human Rights Officer at UN OHCHR



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