Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Human Rights Officer/ Chief of Investigations Jobs in South Sudan

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Human Rights Officer/ Chief of Investigations Jobs in South Sudan

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan based in Juba, South Sudan. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.


Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer/Chief of Investigations will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the Secretariat's investigations team;

  • Participates in and organises missions to sites of violations or other places as required;

  • Serves as first reporting officer of the team of Human Rights Officers/Investigators and other experts in the Secretariat;

  • Develops investigations, information gathering and operational plans in accordance with standard OHCHR methodology, including on the integration of gender perspective;

  • Adapts methodologies and tools to collect and process all data;

  • Oversees, guides and conducts interviews and other evidence gathering activities;

  • Develops and oversees plans to ensure that all required measures are taken to protect victims and witnesses who will cooperate with the Commission and that effective referral pathways for survivors are used when possible;

  • Coordinates drafting of the Commission’s internal analyses and fact-finding mission findings;

  • Revises all team inputs and ensures highest quality standards of investigation, corroboration, analysis, conclusions and recommendations are incorporated in the final report;

  • Ensures the proper handling, secure storage and preservation of information and data in accordance with procedures and tools adopted by the Commission;

  • Incorporates gender perspective into all areas of work, in particular in the investigations plan, information gathering, analysis and reports of the Commission;

  • Performs any other duties.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and 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.

  • 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 and 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.

  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority ; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member ; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills ; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines ; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff ; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, political science, international relations or another discipline related to human rights is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in human rights, international humanitarian law or international criminal law is required.

  • At least two years of experience in investigations of international human rights law violations including with human rights investigative bodies or international tribunals is required.

  • At least two years of experience in managing teams is desirable.

  • Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.


  • French and English are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Human Rights Officer/ Chief of Investigations Jobs in South Sudan

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