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United Nations hiring Women's Human Rights and Gender Issues Officer

Geneva, Switzerland, 08 January 2016


This position is located in the Women's Human Rights and Gender Section, Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, Research and Right to Development Division (RRDD) of the Office of United Nations (UN). The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of the Women's Human Rights and Gender Unit under the general supervision of the Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch.


The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties in the field of women's human rights:

  • Plans and coordinates activities 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 on the human rights situation in assigned region or country and pertaining to assigned topics.

  • Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in thematic area of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators.

  • Provides support to sub-commissions, commissions and other bodies; follows-up on implementation of decisions rendered by policy-making bodies.

  • Prepare reports, background materials and other relevant documents for the Secretary-General, High Commissioner and the Secretariat as well as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Commission on Human Rights, and its subsidiary bodies, as necessary;

  • Ensures human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions considerations, are integrated into political, humanitarian and economic efforts and programme.

  • Defines work plan for area assigned in accordance with established terms of reference.

  • Assists to develop and implement a training program in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, democracy and the rule of law, with attention to gender perspectives.

  • Follows up on different cases and situations verified by the regional offices.

  • Represents UN human rights programme at working level meetings.

  • Directs capacity-building efforts on human rights in region/country of assignment.

  • Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policy-making bodies.

  • May provide guidance to new/junior staff.

  • Performs other related duties as required.


Deadline: 6 March 2016

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