Human Rights Specialist

Human Rights Specialist

UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Kyiv, Ukraine


Reporting to Programme Specialist, P3, the Human Rights Specialist contributes to the effective implementation of project by providing substantive inputs related to human rights to project design, formulation, implementation and evaluation. S/he guides and facilitates the delivery of UN Women programmes from human rights-based approach perspective by monitoring results achieved during implementation of the UN Country Strategy and ensuring appropriate application of the human rights-based approach and provides advice on enhancements if necessary. She/he works in close collaboration with the project team, programme and operations teams, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

Programme Development and Management

  • Ensure substantive contribution to the analysis and research of the human rights situation, as well as the analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country from a human rights perspective and prepare substantive inputs to the UN Women country office programme planning;
  • Provide substantive input on human rights to new policy developments and strategies analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, national plans and development frameworks, and prepare briefs and inputs for policy dialogue and technical assistance coordination on human rights;
  • Design and formulate the programme initiatives translating UN Women’s mandate, policies, tools and strategies into local interventions and ensuring substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches;
  • Analyze quality of programme/projects design from human rights perspectives incorporating lessons learned, newly developed policies and best practices and establishing appropriate execution and monitoring mechanisms and systems;
  • Expedite and coordinate programmes/projects implementation establishing collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies facilitating timely and efficient delivery of inputs related to human rights;
  • Participate in and contribute to the work of the UN Ukraine Human Rights Working group; contribute to coordination of the UN Women human rights activities with the other UN Agencies;
  • Supervise, coordinate and monitor field level human rights-related activities of portfolio. Coordinate the project component on integrating women’s human rights to decentralization reform and regional development, prepare terms of refereneces for international and national consultants and implementing partners, organize the project events, review the reports and provide quality assurance.

Technical support in integration of human rights strategies into programming:

  • Provide leadership and support the project and the country office team to integrate human rights and rights-based approach principles into ongoing and envisaged projects in Ukraine;
  • Provide advice and guidance for the implementation of the Country Strategy by strengthening the human rights-based approach in programming and implementation;
  • Ensure, advice and guide integration of gender and human rights perspectives and attention to specific inclusion issues within all assigned activities;
  • Support the translation of UN Women interventions on relevant root causes of compound discrimination into longer-term programming to protect development gains;
  • Analyse degree of implementation by Ukraine of recommendations made by UN treaty bodies, Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Conduct substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assess their impact on the human rights situation, provide recommendation to the management related to its mandate implementation;
  • Collect and analyse human rights monitoring data and indicators, including gender-specific data and indicators at the national and sub-national/oblast level;
  • Facilitate organization of the project events, studies and the other activities by providing leadership and substantive guidance on human rights, prevention and elimination of a compound discrimination;
  • Write and/or provide expert input into a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc. Prepare analytical reports/overviews on human rights.

Advocacy support and facilitation of knowledge building and management

  • Manage the establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linkages to international networks on human rights;
  • Proactively and substantively support and implement relevant, high-impact advocacy activities and campaigns with key partners. Coordinate partnership with and capacity development of women’s human rights organizations at the national, regional and local levels;
  • Ensure awareness about current and emerging human rights trends by analyzing programme, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and share with management for use in knowledge sharing and planning future strategies;
  • Contribute to the articles and social media materials on the project activities as well as the thematic materials about human rights;
  • Proactively contribute to human rights knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organize capacity building of staff and partners on human rights-based approach and human rights strategies;
  • Develop knowledge products on human rights, gender equality, women’s and minority rights, inter- sectional discrimination in Ukraine;
  • Facilitate formulation of lessons learned and their application.


Core Values

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Human Rights based Approach and Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Functional Competencies

  • Demonstrated development/programming skills particularly those that are pertinent to UN Women strategic priorities on gender issues and women’s human rights;
  • Ability to lead implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes;
  • Ability to develop strategies, plans, methodologies and tools for effective implementation of the human rights- based approach;
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management principles and approaches;
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships with UN agencies and other partners to promote partnership and build alliances to advance organizational interests and competencies;
  • Demonstrated strong coordination, facilitation and communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in Human Rights, Law, Gender Studies, Business or Public Administration, International relations, Management, Social or Political Sciences, or related field.


  • A minimum five (5) years (with Masters’ degree(or equivalent)) of relevant progressively responsible experience at the national and/or international level in human rights, gender equality or other related fields (e.g. in project/programme formulation, management, local governance, private sector developement, monitoring and evaluation etc.);
  • Strong experience with implementing human rights projects and initiatives. Experience in advocacy for gender equality and women's empowerment is an asset;
  • Experience in establishing coordination and/or inter-relationships among international organization and national governments on human rights is an advantage;
  • Experience of working with relevant stakeholders from the governmental and non- governmental institutions involved into human rights issues at the national and sub- national levels;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office, Outlook, etc.).

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian;
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Ukraine, including Russian, Romani, sign language and the others is an asset.

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