Vacancy Announcement- Internal/External: Associate Human Rights Officer

Vacancy #: UNIOGBIS/OSRSG/HR/2019/001

Deadline: 15 days from the posting date

Post Title: Associate Human Rights Officer

Level: NO-B (Temporary Appointment)

Post Number: 30906965

Location: Bissau

Organizational Unit: UNIOGBIS/OSRSG/HR

Initial Appointment:  6 months (subject to extension)

UNIOGBIS invites qualified Internal/External candidates to apply for the position highlighted above.   Candidates are requested to submit the P.11 form/CV to UNIOGBIS Human Resource Office and clearly indicate the vacancy number they are applying to and attach copies of the following: Proof of Guinea-Bissau nationality (Birth Certificate/National Identity Card/Passport), diploma/certificate and employment letters from previous employer(s).  Incomplete P.11 form/CV will not be processed.

Please note that you can also apply by email to [email protected]; Kindly note that applications received will be reviewed and only short-listed candidates will be notified. Applications received after the deadline will not the accepted.

Description of main duties and responsibilities:

This position is located within the Human Rights Section of UNIOGBIS. The Associate Human Rights Officer reports to the head of the Capacity Building and Technical Cooperation Unit. Under the overall authority of the Chief Human Rights Officer, the Associate Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists in supporting human rights capacity building efforts for civil society and state authorities, including for aligning legislative and rule of law reforms with international human rights norms and for the State to meet international human rights law obligations and to report to human rights mechanisms and bodies;
  • Supports national authorities in their implementation of recommendations by UN Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and other mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council;
  • Support national authorities in efforts to strengthen rule of law and accountability for human rights violations and to enhance equality and counter discrimination;
  • Participates in the design, delivery and evaluation of human rights training programmes for national officials, civil society representatives, human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other national stakeholders in order to build national capacities;
  • Regularly report on outcomes, achievements and constraints in implementing the Human Rights Section’s work plan in the context of the UNIOGBIS mandate, including via weekly, monthly and other reports;
  • Assist in the elaboration of progress reports on the implementation of agreed Results-Based-Budgeting (RBB) and OHCHR Expected Accomplishments for Guinea Bissau;
  • Assist in the formulation, planning and implementation of activities in celebration of various UN days and in the overall implementation of the strategic and thematic priorities of the section;
  • Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls’ rights issues in all activities and to the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Performs other duties, as required, including on human rights monitoring, protection and reporting.


Professionalism: Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive political research on range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature. Knowledge of contemporary international relations and UN system, organization and interrelationships. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listen to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits inputs by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organization: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risk and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjust plans and actions as necessary; uses time effectively.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences, or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:   A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in human rights or a closely related field is required. Experience working with international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms is required. Previous experience in human rights monitoring and reporting and on/or in building capacity for the promotion and protection of human rights is desirable.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English or French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Portuguese and Creole is also required.

Preference will be given to equally qualified women candidates. Completed detailed applications documentation as specified above referring to Vacancy#: UNIOGBIS/OSRSG/HR/2019/001   should be forwarded to the attention of: Human Resources Section (HRS), UNIOGBIS Headquarters, Bairro Penha – Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.

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