Human Rights Officer (TJO)


Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

  • Career category:Programme/ Project design & management
  • Job type:Job
  • Humanitarian or Development:Humanitarian
  • Experience level:5-10 years
  • Organisation type:Inter-governmental
  • Remote option:No
  • Right to work requirements:International contract
  • Salary: Not Disclosed
  • Work schedule:Full-time
  • Length of contract:Temporary/ Fixed-term
  • Deadline:14/12/2023
  • Location:Switzerland
LGBTQI+ rights/ SOGIESC Human rights
Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 
  • • Plans and coordinates activities related to the human rights of LGBTI people, including from a gender perspective.
  • • Conduct substantive research and analysis of the human rights of LGBTI people and assesses their impact on the human rights situation globally.
  • • Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators globally in relation to LGBTI people, including gender-specific data and indicators. 
  • • Provides support to OHCHR field presences, and UN human rights bodies; follows up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies, in relation to the rights of LGBTI people.
  • • Ensures human rights issues related to LGBTI people, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programmes.
  • • Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
  • • Assists States, civil society, businesses and other relevant stakeholders to develop and implement policies, legislation, and training programs in the field of human rights of LGBTI people, including about international human rights and humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.
  • • Follows up on different cases and situations verified by country and regional offices.
  • • Represents the UN human rights programme at working-level meetings.
  • • Directs capacity-building efforts on the human rights of LGBTI people.
  • • Writes a variety of reports, legal advice, technical documents, donor reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.
  • • May guide new/junior staff.
  • • Performs other related duties as required.

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. 
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted instead of the advanced university degree
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required.
  • Experience in drafting legal analysis on the application of international human rights norms and standards in relation to the human rights of LGBTI people is desirable.
  • Experience in delivering training on the human rights of LGBTI people is desirable.
  • Experience drafting human rights reports is desirable.
  • Experience within the United Nations common system or similar international organization is desirable.
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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