Human Rights in Emergencies Associate

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Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Human Rights in Emergencies Associate Brazil OHCHR Jobs 2024

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights looking for “Human Rights in Emergencies Associate”. Applicants with an Advanced degree may apply on or before 23-Jul-24.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has published a job vacancy announcement on 09-Jul-24 for qualified applicants to fill in the vacant post of Human Rights in Emergencies Associate to be based in Brasilia, Brazil. For more jobs, please visit

Company Name: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Job Title: Human Rights in Emergencies Associate

Duty Station: Brasilia, Brazil

Country: Brazil

Application Deadline: 23-Jul-24




OHCHR is part of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and participates in humanitarian contexts in protection landscape. OHCHR established an emergency response team (ERT) in the South America Regional Office in 2022 to support protection and humanitarian response efforts with a human rights perspective in the region. Given multiple and complex emergencies in Brazil in recent years, the ERT has deployed as part of UN protection response efforts in support of key counterparts most recently further to requests from Ministry of Human Rights and Citizenship and the Public Defender’s office in the emergency response in Rio Grande do Sul Floods. To further the work of OHCHR and support stakeholders not only in response efforts but lessons learned and preparedness plans, OHCHR is seeking to recruit a UN Volunteer Specialist to maintain a regular presence and dedicated work on protection in emergencies

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Emergency Response, the UN Volunteer will undertake the followings tasks:
• Participate and represent OHCHR in emergency response efforts under supervision and coordination of the ROSA OHCHR Emergency Response Team
• Work in close coordination and in support of national human rights and protection authorities and liaise with relevant humanitarian and protection entities
• Support preparedness and response efforts of national protection counterparts in response to emergencies, including building relations with disaster risk reduction counterparts and design of contingency plans
• Work with counterparts on design and implementation of protection and human rights assessment and follow-up
• Assist stakeholders in mapping of protection actors and development of 4W (Who is doing What, Where and When) sheets and in development of referral pathways during emergencies
• Support design of accountability and communication strategies with affected populations
• Inform International and national disaster impact assessment studies with information on affected populations and human rights and social dimensions of emergency
• Support the development of remote and in-person conferences and training on human rights, protection and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse PSEA in context of humanitarian action
• Support the planning, preparations, delivery and follow-up of After-Action Reviews, which are conducted following emergency response processes, and which are designed to improve the efficiency of protection responses of OHCHR and support those of protection partners.
• Support the development of partnerships with other humanitarian agencies

• Adaptability and flexibility
• Judgement and decision-making
• Planning and organising
• Professionalism

emergency response and knowledge of international humanitarian protection standards required
• Knowledge of Brazilian national protections systems (including in human rights, security, justice, social development and health) preferable
• Prior experience in a national emergency response in Brazil desirable
• Experience in design and application of protection assessment desirable
• Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, among others), email, and internet required and familiarity with database management desirable

The assignment will be in Brasília (DF) but can be hybrid with expected travel. Brasília is a very pleasant city to visit and live in. The central area, known as “Plano Piloto”, is considered safe and there are no reports of threats against UN personnel. Ordinary precautions should be taken, since Brasília is a big city and has the same characteristics of such cities in the whole world. Therefore, it is advisable to take the same cautions you should do when you are visiting a major metropolitan destination, especially at nighttime. Brasilia is classified Hardship A. The nation’s capital, Brasilia, was founded in 1960. It is considered as one of the major examples of the modernistic movement in architecture and urban planning in the 20th century, and was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The average temperature is 22oC, rising to over 30oC during the hottest period. The hottest month in Brasilia is September and the coolest month is July. Planned for only 500,000 inhabitants, Brasilia has seen its population grow much more than expected. Several satellite towns have been created over the years to house the extra inhabitants. Brasilia’s total population (including the satellite cities) is now over two million inhabitants. Outdoor recreational activities include basketball, cycling, trekking, picnicking, riding, sailing, soccer, sunbathing, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

The level of security in Brazil is moderate (3). The United Nations Security Department – UNDSS Brazil advises to exercise a high degree of caution in Brazil due to the high levels of serious crimes and violence, particularly in large cities. All UN personnel should scrupulously follow UNDSS procedures and recommendations during their assignment in Brazil.

For missions in rural areas or indigenous reserves, special procedures may be applied. UN personnel should consult the local DSS office in advance.

As this is a national assignment of UN Volunteers, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for organizing their own housing and other essential assets.

You can check full entitlements at the duty station at
The complete UN Volunteer Conditions of Service is available at”,

Brasilia, Brazil