National Human Rights Officer

at UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted May 19, 2022
Category Human Resources
Currency UGX


Verification of alleged human rights violations
Advising alleged victims and source of human rights violations on alternatives where they could access remedies
Drafting case notes
Engaging internally or with other relevant actors on advocacy for corrective measures
Contribute to the internal planning, programming and reporting processes of OHCHR Uganda:

Participate in the elaboration of OHCHR Uganda planning and programming documents
Provide input to OHCHR Uganda periodic and ad hoc reports
Provide periodical analysis inputs on the human rights contexts
Contribute towards ensuring the integration of diversity into OHCHR Uganda’s Programmatic planning and implantation processes:

Proactively encourage the integration of gender and inclusion of groups in focus into OHCHR Uganda planning and implementation processes
Encourage the inclusion of persons with disabilities, women, youth, ethnic minorities and sexual minorities during capacity building interventions

Core Competencies:

Achieve Results - LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
Think Innovatively - LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
Learn Continuously - LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
Adapt with Agility - LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
Act with Determination - LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner - LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion - LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination
Functional & Technical competencies:

Legal - Legal analysis skills : The ability to digest a large amount of information and facts in order to frame and understand an issue, apply the legal framework to the particular set of facts and present a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the situation presented in order to deliver practical and meaningful advice. This skill includes the ability to provide an objective assessment of the case, the organization's best arguments for proceeding and a recommended course of action. It also includes the capacity to think creatively and flexibly, within the applicable legal framework.
Legal - Knowledge of applicable legal framework : Understanding of the legal norms as applied to the United Nations in general, and to UNDP in particular. This includes an understanding of the structure, functioning and operations of UNDP within the broader UN system and the application of international treaties, including the UN Charter, GA resolutions, the relevant basic country assistance agreement and UN system-wide legal instruments, as well as an understanding of the internal legal framework (financial regulations and rules, policies, and procedures) of UNDP.
Legal - Legal writing skills: The ability to analyse fact patterns and present argumentation in written form. This includes the ability to draft memoranda, legal briefs and other submissions to external parties, in both an advocacy and objective format, and legal opinions. It also includes the ability to convey legal analysis and recommendations to internal parties in written form, with a particular view towards communicating for the particular audience who may not be a lawyer or have legal background.
Business Management – Communication : Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels
Business Management - Digital Awareness and Literacy: Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed
Business Direction & Strategy - Business Acumen: Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome.Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks
Business Development - Knowledge Facilitation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally


Advanced University degree (Master’s) in law, human rights, political sciences, international relations, social sciences or any other discipline related to human rights. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in national, regional, or international organizations or non-governmental organizations, closely related to the field of Human Rights.
Experience working with international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms, including capacity building on international human rights mechanisms.
Experience receiving and documenting human rights complaints.
Two additional years of working experience may be required to applicants with only a Bachelor’s University Degree.

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