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Job Title: Human Rights and Advocacy Officer – Temporary Cover for Family Leave

Date: January 6, 2024

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: Plan International

Human Rights and Advocacy Officer

Human Rights and Advocacy Officer
Human Rights and Advocacy Officer

About Plan International:

Plan International is a standalone development and humanitarian organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and promoting gender equality. Our mission involves addressing challenges such as poverty, violence, exclusion, and discrimination that hinder the potential of every child, with a particular focus on the impact on girls. Through collaboration with children, young people, supporters, and partners, we work towards a just world by addressing the root causes of challenges faced by girls and vulnerable children. Human Rights and Advocacy Officer

Operating in over 80 countries for more than 85 years, Plan International builds powerful partnerships to support children from birth to adulthood. We empower them to navigate crises and adversity while driving changes in policies and practices at local, national, and global levels. Human Rights and Advocacy Officer

About Plan International Geneva:

The Geneva Office is a vital component of Plan International’s global network and plays a key role in our mission. As one of the four Liaison Offices, it collaborates closely with the New York Liaison Office under the UN Team. The Geneva Office focuses on international advocacy, country-specific advocacy, liaison with the UN in Geneva, and serves as a human rights expertise hub for Plan International. Human Rights and Advocacy Officer

Role Overview:

The Human Rights and Advocacy Officer, covering for family leave, will actively contribute to Plan International’s initiatives aimed at strengthening girls’ rights in international policy and general human rights advocacy. Reporting to the Head of Office, the officer will engage with UN Treaty Bodies, Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and provide expertise on human rights matters. Human Rights and Advocacy Officer

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical and strategic support for country and thematic advocacy, with a focus on engaging UN human rights mechanisms.
  2. Actively contribute to the office’s human rights work, offering technical advice to enhance policy documents, briefs, and initiatives.
  3. Support and coordinate Plan International’s participation in Human Rights Council sessions and other UN processes/meetings.
  4. Advise, support, and collaborate with Plan International staff on UN-related activities and strategic advocacy.
  5. Lobby relevant Permanent Missions and Treaty Body Committees/experts.
  6. Conduct thematic advocacy and research on child rights and gender equality issues.
  7. Develop advocacy, communications, and training materials for engaging with UN human rights mechanisms, including for children and young people.
  8. Conduct workshops and capacity strengthening activities, including for children and young people.
  9. Assist in identifying and pursuing strategic advocacy and partnership opportunities.
  10. Serve as a focal point for partnerships and represent the Office in specific initiatives/meetings.
  11. Stay informed about human rights and advocacy developments and trends.
  12. Line manage two interns regularly.
  13. Ensure compliance with Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion. Human Rights and Advocacy Officer
Human Rights and Advocacy Officer
Human Rights and Advocacy Officer


Knowledge and Working Experience:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in human rights, political science, gender studies, international law, or related fields.
  • Sound understanding of the UN system and human rights mechanisms, particularly those advancing national level advocacy.
  • Proven knowledge of human rights, with a focus on gender equality.
  • Experience in conducting advocacy and working with national and international organizations and/or NGOs.
  • Experience in conducting workshops and trainings.


  • Excellent advocacy, networking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong strategic thinking and analysis of political trends.
  • Diplomatic skills, including with sensitive issues.
  • Capacity-strengthening skills.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of Spanish and/or French is desirable. Human Rights and Advocacy Officer
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, video conferencing software, and social media.


  • Committed to promoting diversity, gender equality, and inclusion.
  • Able to navigate sensitive political discussions.
  • Persuasive and effective communicator.
  • Detail-oriented and self-starting.
  • Positive, flexible, and solution-oriented.
  • Team-player committed to supporting team and team members.

To apply, please upload your CV and Cover Letter by January 10th, 2024, 11.59 pm GMT. Only candidates from Switzerland, EU/EFTA countries, or those with a valid Swiss working permit will be considered. Human Rights and Advocacy Officer

Salary: CHF 80,000 – CHF 82,000 per annum

Plan International is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, fostering a workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. Pre-employment checks will be conducted in line with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. We do not solicit payments from candidates via unsolicited emails. Human Rights and Advocacy Officer


Human Rights and Advocacy Officer
Human Rights and Advocacy Officer



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