Human Rights Officer, P3, Geneva

  • OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Oct 12, 2020
Mid-level OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Special Procedures Branch in the Protection, Religion, Accountability and Human Security Section in Geneva. The Human Rights Officer works under the general supervision of the Chief of Section and direct supervision of the Secretary of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.


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

•Supports the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in relation to its communications procedure, including case management, as well as country visits;
•Plans and coordinates activities related to thematic mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective.
•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.
•Provides support to the mandate holders; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies.
•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.
•Follows up on different cases and situations verified by the regional offices.
•Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
•Conducts capacity-building efforts on human rights.
•Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
•Performs other related duties as required.


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Organization type

UN jobs