United Nations
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Executive Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The incumbent reports to the High Commissioner


Within the Executive Office and under the direct supervision of the High Commissioner, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties :

  • Provides the High Commissioner with authoritative advice on a diverse range of complex or novel substantive questions of law and policy which may include issues related to the relationship between OHCHR and any international or 'internationalized' criminal courts or tribunals;
  • Independently handles a wide range of multi-discipline, highly complex and often sensitive and / or conflicting legal and policy matters.
  • Develops policy advice on and oversees the substantive development and coordination of legal issues of particular importance to the objectives of the High Commissioner;
  • Oversees the preparation of recommendations to the High Commissioner, the Deputy High Commissioner, division directors and field offices on substantive issues of international law, to ensure that policies, statements and activities are consistent with international law, including international human rights norms, and with the Office's mandate, and in particular to ensure consistency throughout OHCHR;
  • Participates, in coordination with relevant OHCHR substantive units, in the development of the High Commissioner's international leadership on issues of international human rights law, which may include OHCHR's participation in international, regional, and national advocacy initiatives;
  • Prepares or coordinates the preparation of legal opinions as required;
  • Prepares or ensures the preparation of legal policy documents;
  • Reviews position papers and background notes with regard to legal issues and policy issues;
  • Contributes to the legal policy perspective in the preparation of reports, press releases and speeches for the High Commissioner or Deputy High Commissioner,
  • Follows closely the workings of the International Criminal Court, including liaison with the Prosecutor;
  • Provides substantive briefs to the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) on issues relating to the mandate of OHCHR;
  • Coordinates with OLA the legal advice provided to the Human Rights Council, Working Groups, Special Procedures and Treaty bodies;
  • Coordinates the provision of advice on procedural issues affecting the conduct of business of the Human Rights Council;
  • and Treaty Bodies with OLA.


  • PROFESSIONALISM : Thorough knowledge of public international law and its application to a wide range of legal issues and concepts, including comprehensive knowledge and exposure to issues related to international human rights law and international affairs;
  • full competency to conduct independent legal research on various complex and unique public international law issues; strong analytical skills, sound judgment and ability in taking into account various policy implications.

  • Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

    COMMUNICATION : Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens 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 the audience.

    Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

    VISION : Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.

    Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction.

    Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities

    JUDGEMENT / DECISION-MAKING : Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly.

    Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them.

    Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information.

    Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision.

    Makes tough decisions when necessary.


    Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, with specialization in International human rights law, public international law, international criminal law or international humanitarian law.

    A First-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible professional legal experience in government, diplomatic or international civil service, international tribunal or organization, of which at least 7 years of experience in the field of public international law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law or international human rights law is required.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised,fluency in English is required;
  • knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

    This position is vacant due to the Special Leave Without Pay for 2 years of the regular incumbent to another office / organization.

    The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post.

    If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

    Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy.

    Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

    Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

    The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

    For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply : Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-

    Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-

    Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

    United Nations Considerations

    According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

    Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.

    The term sexual exploitation means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.

    The term sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

    Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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.

    The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-

    link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

    Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11 : 59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee



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