Human Rights Officer/Victims Protection Officer Job – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Job Title:  Human Rights Officer/Victims Protection Officer

Organisation: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda

Job Opening Number: 22-Human Rights Affairs-OHCHR-193849-J-Entebbe (R)

Grade: P3


About US:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights. The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the principal human rights official of the United Nations. The High Commissioner heads OHCHR and spearheads the United Nations’ human rights efforts. We offer leadership, work objectively, educate and take action to empower individuals and assist States in upholding human rights.


Job Summary: This temporary position is located in the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD) in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), based in Entebbe, Uganda. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Investigations, under the overall supervisions of the Coordinator of the Commission of Human Rights Experts (CHRE) on Ethiopia.

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Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Maintains direct and regular contact with victims, civil society organisations (CSOs), human rights defenders, and advises on victim and witness protection issues; develops victim centred advocacy strategies; and builds capacity among CSOs and victims’ organisations on strategies and gender sensitive approach to pursue justice and redress;
  • Plans and coordinates activities related to the Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia, including from a gender perspective;
  • Formulates short- and long-term support strategies for witnesses and victims; participates in the establishment, development and maintenance of referral pathways involving competent international organizations, national authorities, NGOs and other entities relevant for the provision of medical and psycho-social support and advises witnesses and victims who engage with the Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia;
  • Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region or country;
  • Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators;
  • Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme;
  • Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference;
  • Participates in the development and implementation of protocols and standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure the well-being of witnesses and victims who engage with the Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia in accordance with its mandate and international law standards and best practices;
  • Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings;
  • Directs capacity-building efforts on human rights in region/country of assignment;
  • Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies;
  • May provide guidance to new/junior staff;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Human Rights Officer/Victims Protection Officer job must hold an 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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
  • Experience in administration, implementation and management of victims/witness support programmes is desirable.
  • Experience in victim/witness support and advice within a criminal justice process is desirable.
  • Languages: fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required.



  • 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, research and analyze information and draft human rights reports. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the area of assignment. 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.


No Fee: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.


How to Apply:

All interested candidates who wish to join the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.


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Deadline: 28th November 2022

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