Deadline for applications: 14 Nov 2009
Vacancy announcement number: 09-HRI-OHCHR-421656-R-PRISTINA


This post is to be found in the Pristina Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, under the direct supervision of the Head of office. The Officer’s main responsibilities and tasks include: Researching and analysing the human rights situation in Kosovo to: – undertaking fact-finding missions; gathering relevant documentation and information from NGOs, judiciary, military and police authorities; and follow up on progress; – Consolidate information and analyse relevant aspects of cases in order to identify trends, possible patterns of human rights violations and systematic practises; – Monitor the situation of individuals and organisations working for human rights, and take up all cases where they are at risk; Maintaining working relations with local authorities, law enforcement authorities and the judiciary in order to assess specific cases, take appropriate preventive action, and to secure effective remedy; Maintaining close cooperation with with relevant international actors, NGOs and other representatives of civil society working for human rights; Assisting the Head of Office to prepare internal and external analytical reports and briefings on the human rights situation, including proposed actions; Performing other tasks as required.


Professionalism – Good knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems, i. e., political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, etc., causing civil unrest in a country or geographic area; Good analytical, research and investigative skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in assigned region/country. Communication – Strong communication (spoken, written and presentation) skills, including the ability to produce a variety of written reports in a clear, concise style, to deliver training presentations to external audiences, to build/maintain effective partnerships. Planning and Organising – Ability to establish priorities and to plan work assignments, juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines; Technology Awareness – Good computer skills, including proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, other and relevant software packages; Teamwork – Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity


Advanced university degree, preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at national/regional/international level in the human rights field. Substantive and practical experience in the use of programming and planning tools is desirable. Experience in working or interacting with UN human rights instruments and procedures. Working experience of protecting human rights in fragile countries with weak democratic institutions is desirable. Prior field experience in an OHCHR field presence, a human rights component of a UN operation, a field mission of a non-governmental organization or of a regional inter-governmental organization would be an asset.

Fluency in English, with excellent drafting skills. Working knowledge of Albanian and/or Serbian is an asset.

Other Skills
Good knowledge of the Western Balkans region, to include, in addition to specific human rights expertise, knowledge of the political, social, economic and cultural environments will be an asset; specific knowledge of, or experience in, Kosovo or Serbia will be given particular weight.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
E-mail: hrms@unog.ch
or Fax: 41-22-917- 0074

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