Human Rights Officer, P4

Human Rights Officer, P4

UNAMA - United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Kabul and Kandahar, Afghanistan

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the Human Rights Service of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Human Rights Officers will be based in Kabul and Kandahar, both "E" hardship and a non-family duty stations, and reports to the Chief, Human Rights Service through the Senior Human Rights Officers.


Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officers/Team Leaders will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Plans, coordinates and leads teams in the conduct of investigations into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, in compliance with UN standards;
  • Formulates recommendations and suggests advocacy strategies to relevant authorities, including government officials, civil society organisations and the UN Country Team (UNCT) to better protect and promote human rights and mechanisms in the mission area, including in peace processes;
  • Establishes and maintains contact with national authorities, armed groups, civil society, UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes with complementary mandates, and other relevant partners, to inform on the human rights situation in the area of responsibility and advise on strategic and policy issues to better protect and promote human rights, including in relation to peace processes;
  • Support a human-rights based approach in the design and implementation of UNAMA’s preventive diplomacy, good offices, national dialogue, mediation initiatives, and other matters pertaining to protection of civilians, including in peace processes;
  • Drafts, reviews and coordinates the timely delivery of a variety of internal and external reports, briefings and other type of communications in compliance with established standards, including with regard to public human rights reports;
  • Contributes to the integration of human rights in humanitarian action, through participating in emergency preparedness and response activities, including in the work of the Protection Cluster and relevant sub-clusters, as appropriate;
  • Designs, delivers, coordinates and evaluates human rights training programmes for national officials, armed groups, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders;
  • Works with Government authorities, the national human rights institution and civil society on initiatives that supports advancement of the rights of victims of the conflict, as appropriate;
  • Ensures, coordinates and supervises the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases in the established database; conducts quality control and delivers statistics and trend reports, as required, in contribution to human rights public reports;
  • Engages in activities related to the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy;
  • Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities, programmes and strategies;
  • Assists in the coordination and implementation of the human rights work plan; evaluates or assists in the evaluation of its progress and suggests adjustments as needed;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of main human rights issues in the region and ability to identify related problems in their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions; knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures. 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;
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  • 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;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.


  • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in law, human rights, political science, international relations, social sciences or 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.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in human rights or international humanitarian law is required;
  • At least three years of experience in a UN peace operation is required;
  • At least three years of experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting, outside the country of origin is required;
  • At least three years of experience in human rights monitoring and reporting is required;
  • At least three years of experience in leading and conducting human rights investigations or fact-finding missions is required;
  • At least three years of experience in human rights protection work, including through engaging with the national army, armed groups, political and traditional leaders for the protection of civilians, is required;
  • At least three years of experience in challenging conflict-related settings, including human rights oriented diplomatic skills is required;
  • At least three years of experience in managing teams is required.


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

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