UNDP National Human Rights Officer Jobs in Uganda

UNDP National Human Rights Officer Jobs in Uganda


  • In implementing the mandate of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR Uganda carries out interventions under five thematic areas: Strengthening the rule of law and accountability for human rights violations; Enhancing and protecting Civic Space and people’s Participation; Integrating human rights in sustainable development; Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; and Increasing implementation of the international human rights mechanisms’ outcomes.

  • OHCHR’s interventions relate to the provision of technical assistance, including legal advice and capacity building, monitoring of human rights issues, and engaging in advocacy, among others.

  • OHCHR Uganda is seeking a National Human Rights Officer. This position is located in OHCHR Gulu field office .

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Under the overall supervision of the Head of Office and under the direct supervision of the OHCHR Human Rights Officer serving as team leader in Gulu, and within delegated authority, the National Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

    • Assist in the execution of the Office work plan

    • Assist to develop and coordinate an Office-wide strategy to promote the respect and protection of human rights in the country

    • Review, monitor and evaluate activities related to the implementation of international human rights instruments, including recommendations of treaty bodies and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, in relation to the country

    • Conduct monitoring, fact-finding and follow-up activities in relation to the observance of human rights and international humanitarian law (IHL) through field monitoring missions, dialogue with local and regional authorities, security forces and non-state actors, networking with human rights defenders and follow up individual cases

    • Prepare reports, documents, briefing notes, talking points and other written materials

    • Take part in promoting and overseeing initiatives linked to supporting human rights protection, in collaboration with existing civil society organisations (including NGOs) and UN agencies;

    • In consultation with the the Gulu teamleader, engage in dialogue with regional and district authorities, including government administration, military, police and other authorities, including non-state actors, in pursuit of the observance of human rights.

    • Provide capacity-building, advisory and technical services as appropriate to national NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, the
    National Human Rights Commission and human rights defenders.

    • Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a strong network of local human rights partners for the regular exchange of human rights information;

    • Ensure the integration of gender perspectives and attention to specific women/girl's and children’s rights issues within all activities of the Field Office;

    • Support the work of special Rapporteurs / Representatives / Experts / Working Groups and Treaty-Bodies, including in the preparation and conduct of field missions and the drafting of timely reports in relation to the country.

    • Ensure optimal uses of resources allocated for activity implementation

    • Perform other duties as required.

    Required Skills and Experience

    • Advanced University degree, preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    • Experience: At least 3 years of combined professional experience in the field of human rights and humanitarian issues. Sound knowledge of and experience in the development and implementation of human rights related projects and programmes

    Other desirable skills:

    • Excellent communication, reporting, analytical, research and advocacy skills.

  • Capacity to carry out investigations in a methodical and impartial manner.

  • Ability to transfer knowledge and skills. Ability to take own initiatives but also to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment.

  • Knowledge of technology and use of office computer applications, including working with databases, Familiarity with the political environment and legal status as pertains to human rights issues.

  • Familiarity with UN human rights mechanisms.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP National Human Rights Officer Jobs in Uganda

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