Associate Human Rights Officer


Key information
Level Entry-level (0-2 years experience)
Type Temporary
Country Switzerland
Languages English
Impact Area Human Rights
Deadline 25/11/2023

This position is located in the Office of the Director, Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division (HRCTMD), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva. The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the CTMD Director and will report directly to the Human Rights Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Associate Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Facilitates the organization of NGO-related meetings in the context of the sessions and other meetings of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and, as appropriate, its subsidiary bodies, particularly through coordinating the receipt and processing of requests, verifying eligibility and other criteria, preparation of documentation and materials, coordinating coverage, attending and providing support during meetings and ensuring follow-up as appropriate.
• Processes NGO written statements for HRC sessions, in particular through coordinating the system of their submission, verifying eligibility and other criteria, liaising with OHCHR and UNOG colleagues, and assisting in coordinating the process as appropriate.
• Assists in supporting Treaty Bodies in coordinating participation and engagement with civil society, as might be required.
• Attends to queries/requests from civil society actors on their engagement with the relevant human rights mechanisms.
• Liaises with civil society actors, OHCHR, UN and other actors on civil society matters.
• Prepares statistics, keeps track and compiles information on the engagement and participation of civil society actors in the above-mentioned human rights mechanisms;
• Maintains relevant databases and webpages.
• Drafts correspondence and a variety of reports; researches, collects and disseminates, as appropriate, information pertaining to NGOs’ engagement with the relevant human rights mechanisms.
• Participates in human rights training programmes, in particular for representatives of the civil society on engagement with the UN human rights mechanisms.
• Performs other duties related to the civil society’s participation and engagement with the human rights mechanisms covered by the Division, as required.
• Facilitates internal exchange of information and practices as well as coordination on civil society issues among relevant human rights mechanisms and with other parts of the Office and UN, including through preparing analytical papers, devising and updating tools and documents as necessary, undertaking mapping exercises, and collecting inputs.
• Contributes to outreach and human rights mainstreaming initiatives; undertakes missions if required.
• When required, provides support on matters related to human resources, finance and operational management.
• 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 is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).


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