Human Rights Officer

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights




This position is located in the Intergovernmental Affairs, Communications and Outreach Section of the New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Section.


Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties (these duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Human Rights Officers.):

  • Plans and coordinates activities, including outreach and public information events, related to thematic and country mandates on human rights, including from a gender perspective.
  • Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact.
  • Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators, including gender-specific data and indicators.
  • Provides support to intergovernmental processes and bodies relevant to human rights; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies.
  • Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into intergovernmental processes on political, humanitarian, development and economic efforts and programme.
  • Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.
  • Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.
  • Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policymaking bodies.
  • May provide guidance to new/junior staff.
  • Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
  • 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 required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required. At least one year of experience at the international level in the field of human rights is required. At least one year of direct experience of engagement with and support to intergovernmental bodies in the field of human rights is required. At least one year of experience in strategic outreach to and engagement with national authorities or civil society in intergovernmental fora or in the work of UN human rights mechanisms is required.


  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.





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