Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Human Rights Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Human Rights Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Regional Office in Addis Ababa. The incumbent reports to the Regional Representative or his delegated representative.


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

    • Plans and coordinates activities related to thematic and country 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 sub-commissions, commissions and other bodies; 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.

    • Assists country military and police to develop and implement a training program in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.

    • Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.

    • Supports 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.

    • Conducts monitoring, investigations and reporting of human rights violations.

    • May provide guidance to new/junior staff.

    • Performs other related duties as 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.

  • 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.


  • 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 two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.

  • Experience in the African region is desirable.

  • Experience in human rights monitoring and reporting is desirable.

  • Experience in capacity building is desirable.

  • Experience in implementing technical cooperation projects is also desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) 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 Jobs in Ethiopia

    Find daily jobs in Ethiopia. Jobs - Ethiopia jobs. Search our career portal & find the latest Ethiopian job positions, career opportunities & jobs in Ethiopia.

    Jobs in Ethiopia - banking jobs, IT jobs, accounting jobs, NGO jobs, business administration, ICT, UN jobs, procurement jobs, education jobs, hospital jobs, human resources jobs, engineering, teaching jobs, and other careers in Ethiopia.

    Find your dream job from 1000s of vacancies in Ethiopia posted and updated daily - click here!

  • Click here to post comments

    Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Best Africa Jobs.