Human Rights Officer, P3

United Nations - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Geneva, Switzerland

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Methodology, Education and Training Section (METS), Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch, Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. Geneva is classified as a "H" hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Section (METS) or designated staff.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Support development and application of definitional, methodological, data collection and disaggregation guidance, tools and documentation on indicators identified under international human rights standards, and in connection with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its indicator framework developed under the auspices of the international statistical community;
  • Support organization and delivery of training activities, technical assistance, consultations and collaboration with in-house and external partners, including human rights and statistical experts/practitioners and other stakeholders from national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations/entities active in the fields of human rights, governance, development and statistics;
  • Review available literature, standards and practices in the field of human rights and statistics and on-going work by OHCHR, UN agencies, national human rights institutions, national statistical offices, civil society organizations and other stakeholders in relation to the measurement and implementation of international human rights standards;
  • Assist in compiling, publishing online and regularly updating relevant data held by OHCHR at the global level, including the OHCHR indicators dashboard and related world maps and metadata; and
  • Performs such other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Good knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, including approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to human rights and related data collection, statistical methods and standards. Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources. Demonstrates ability to undertake independent research and develop analytical frameworks and statistical databases. 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 otivated 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.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in Human Rights, Law, Social Sciences, Statistics or other related disciplines. A combination of a first level university degree and two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Required experience:

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels in conducting analytical work or policy-oriented research in the area of human rights.
  • Experience in researching, collecting, verifying, analysing, synthezising quantitative and qualitative information pertaining to human rights matters.

Desired experience:

  • Experience in collaborating with human rights institutions, statistical organizations, United Nations agencies and/or relevant international organizations.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of an another official UN language is desirable.

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