Job for National Programme Officer at Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Job Title:    National Programme Officer

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

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: OHCHR Human Rights Officer

Grade: NOA

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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office and under the direct supervision of the OHCHR Human Rights Officer and within delegated authority, the National Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provide support in planning and implementation of programs adequately to monitor the human rights situation in their area of coverage;
  • Assist in research and collection of information pertaining to human rights matters from a variety of data sources (e.g. communications, publications, the press) to keep abreast of issues/events and provide up-to-date information;
  • Assist in the analysis of information, to include the impact on the human rights situation in assigned area;
  • Assist in drafting a variety of reports, briefing papers, and correspondence relating to human rights matters;
  • Maintain awareness of current human rights issues, including relevant political and legal developments in the country and region concerned;
  • Support in reviewing human rights issues, including gender considerations, and contribute to the integration of these issues into relevant development programs at regional/national level;
  • Support the development and implementation of human rights training programmes for national interlocutors, including Government officials, legislators, representatives of civil society and human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in order to promote national capacity building;
  • Support the development and implementation of various programs at national and regional level to strengthen the capacity of national institutions with responsibilities in the area of human rights;
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of effective programs to promote human rights awareness including sensitization and human rights education in general.
  • Whenever required, represent the office on their own at meetings/coordination forums with national authorities, UN agencies, and other partners;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR National Programme Officer job opportunity should hold an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political sciences, international relations, social sciences or any other discipline related to human rights. Or A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and work experience of at least 2 years may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Progressive professional experience closely related to the field of Human Rights. Experience working with international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms, and knowledge and expertise of economic, social and cultural rights, development (including Sustainable Development Goals), as well as gender and women’s rights issues would be an asset.
  • Previous experience in utilizing computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and other standard software packages and systems.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, negotiating skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description.
  • Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.


  • Professionalism – Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of human rights-related matters, with a particular focus on economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the links between human rights and development; ability to identify human rights issues, i.e. political, ethnic, racial, gender-based, social, economic in the country or geographic area, and devise recommendations on how to address such issues; demonstrated research and analytical skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of relevant issues/problems; substantive knowledge of institutional mandates, policies, guidelines, etc. related to human rights; skills in developing sources for data collection.
  • Planning and Organizing – Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan; Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given;
  • Communication – Ability to speak and write in a clear and concise manner, including ability to draft a variety of reports, correspondence, etc.;
  • Technological Awareness – Good computer skills, including proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, other relevant software packages;
  • Teamwork – Good interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

How to Apply:

All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 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: 14th August 2018

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