Human Rights Officer [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Sunday, 10 February 2019
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Kabul and will support the work of Human Rights Teams in Kabul and regional offices of UNAMA.


Under the general supervision of the Chief Human Rights Service and under the direct supervision of the Protection of Civilians Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for providing substantive advice and support to the Human Rights Teams by:

-Providing substantive guidance and operational monitoring support on issues related to protection of civilians, including violence against women, protection of children, monitoring places of detention/prohibition of torture and human rights aspects of peace and reconciliation/transitional justice;

-Drafting of substantive analysis based on field research done by the Human Rights Teams, at the direction of the Protection of Civilians Coordinator;

-Support the preparation of weekly, and fortnightly submissions to the Human Rights Service internal reports and documents including briefing notes/talking points, as well as inputs to periodic external reports of the Secretary-General on UNAMA and on thematic issues;

-Providing substantive advice and organisational leadership – under the supervision of the Protection of Civilians Coordinator – to prepare consultations with local governmental officials, community leaders, civil society activists, communities affected by civilian casualty incidents;

-Organizing visits to places of detention, including facilities operated by the National Directorate of Security, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Border Police, juvenile rehabilitation centres, and provincial prisons;

-Ensuring closer internal coordination between the Human Rights Team, the Head of Field Office and other services of UNAMA through increased information-sharing, and provide guidance and expert advice to relevant colleagues on the work of the Human Rights Service;

-Representing the Human Rights Service, as appropriate, at specific official functions, meetings and thematic events related to the human rights mandate;

-Performing such other duties as may be required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Good knowledge of international human rights law standards and international humanitarian law; knowledge of the human rights based approach to human rights field work and operational methods of work on civilian protection, working with women and child victims of human rights violations; child protection, and victims of torture; ability to relate complex human rights issues and perspectives, including gender perspectives, to political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in conflict-affected areas. Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


An 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 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 and relevant professional experience, particularly on issues of protection of civilians, violence against women, prohibition of torture and/or transitional justice and human rights monitoring is required. Previous experience in Afghanistan is preferred. Experience working in a United
Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) or similar international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Other desirable skills: Knowledge of the UNAMA Human Rights Mandate, its operational goals and working methodology will be considered an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Dari and Pashto would be an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 30 September 2019. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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