Associate Human Rights Officer


Job Opening
Job Opening ID: 226487
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family : Human Rights Affairs
Category and Level : National Professional Officers, NO-B
Duty Station : BUKAVU
Department/Office : United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date Posted : Jan 23, 2024
Deadline : Feb 21, 2024

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), in the OHCHR/MONUSCO Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO). The Associate Human Rights Officer will report to the UNJHRO Field Office Coordinator under the overall guidance and direction of the Deputy Director of the JHRO through the Coordinator of the Protection Unit.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Researches, collects, verifies, analyses and synthesizes significant amounts of information, including from open sources, of relevance to protection and human rights in the area of responsibility.
2. Participates in discussions with relevant authorities and other actors to prevent or stop violations and abuses of international human rights and international humanitarian law , seek remedial action by the relevant authorities and prevent recurrence.
3. Assists in liaising with appropriate local and national authorities, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners to monitor developments in the human rights, humanitarian and protection situations;
4. Monitors the national legal systems and their compliance with international human rights instruments, and assists in the implementation of relevant recommendations and observations of by UN human rights mechanisms;
5. Collects, verify and disseminate early warning, and supports the development of initiatives to respond to systematic and/or emerging patterns of violations and abuses of international human rights and international humanitarian law ;
6. Participates in investigations of human rights and international humanitarian law violations using UN-developed methodology
7. Drafts variety of reports, briefings and other types of communications relating to human rights and protection matters in compliance with established standards;
8. Contributes to the mainstreaming of human rights in the plans, programs, projects and activities of the UN peace mission and its components, and UN agency funds and programs at country and local levels;
9. Supports the integration of human rights in humanitarian action through participating in the humanitarian programming cycle, collaborating with relevant segments of the humanitarian architecture, situational analysis and reports, emergency preparedness and response activities, as appropriate;
10. Participates in the design, delivery and evaluation of human rights training programmes for national officials, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders in order to build national capacities;
11. Ensures the timely entry of relevant cases of human rights violations in existing databases in keeping with established standards;
12. Contributes to the Integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls’ rights issues in all activities and to the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
13. Performs other related duties as required.
Sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly; Sound knowledge of fundamental human rights principles and international mechanisms system; Sound knowledge of institutional mandates related to the position and UN human rights methodologies; Capacity to monitor human rights-related matters using multiple information sources and ability to indicate possible means for their resolution, including assisting in advocacy efforts; Ability to gather, verifies, evaluate and integrate human rights relevant information from a variety of sources; Ability to identify new and better approaches to work processes and to incorporate them in daily work; Ability to understand the relevance of other fields, such as protection of civilians, humanitarian action, development, DDR, rule of law, legislative reforms and election support, to human rights issues and activities; Basic knowledge of project design, monitoring and evaluation;
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.

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& 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights or a closely related field in the United Nations or an international organization is required.

Experience in human rights protection work is required.

Experience in working with international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms is desirable.

Previous experience in human rights monitoring and reporting and on/or in building capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights is desirable.
English and French are the working languages for the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written French is required, fluency in Kiswahili is required. Knowledge English is desirable.

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