National Human Rights Officer, Kampala, Uganda

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Uganda

City: Kampala

Office: UNDP Kampala

Closing date: Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Job Identification : 3747

Locations : Kampala, Uganda

Posting Date : 05/16/2022, 08:49 PM

Apply Before : 05/31/2022, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : Office High Comm for Human Rig

Grade : NOA

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Practice Area : Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Africa

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree

Required Languages : Fluency in spoken and written English. Fluency in the local language in area of coverage (Luganda) is also required.

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description


In implementing the mandate of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR Uganda carries out interventions under five thematic areas: Strengthening the rule of law and accountability for human rights violations; Enhancing and protecting Civic Space and people’s Participation; Integrating human rights in sustainable development; Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; and Increasing implementation of the international human rights mechanisms‘ outcomes. OHCHR’s interventions relate to the provision of technical assistance, including legal advice and capacity building, monitoring of human rights issues, and engaging in advocacy, among others.

OHCHR Uganda is seeking a National Human Rights Officer to work on interventions in the thematic area of Integrating Human Rights in Sustainable Development, with a particular focus on the Human Rights Based Approach to Development and economic, social and cultural rights.

Position Purpose

OHCHR Uganda is seeking a National Human Rights Officer to work on interventions in the thematic area of Integrating Human Rights in Sustainable Development, with a particular focus on the Human Rights Based Approach to Development, economic, social and cultural rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Duties and Responsibilities

Contribute to the overall implementation of the technical cooperation mandate of OHCHR Uganda Country office

Provide technical support to relevant stakeholders regarding the integration of human rights in sustainable development, including the human rights based approach to development;
Identification of capacity needs from relevant stake holders for capacity building interventions on economic, social and cultural rights;
Planning for and development of programme concept papers for the implementation of proposed capacity building interventions;
Participate in the conduct of human rights trainings and awareness raising interventions

Provide support to civil society organizations in conducting research on issues of economic, social and cultural rights and the SDGs

Contribute to OHCHR Uganda programme planning, implementation and reporting

Contribute to OHCHR Uganda strategic planning process through provision of inputs to OHCHR Uganda annual work plan

Provide inputs to inform OHCHR Uganda reporting process including consolidation of periodic and ad hoc reports

Contribute to the consolidation of OHCHR Uganda result-based human rights reports to donors with a strong dimension on SDGs to inform donor reporting process

Represent OHCHR Uganda on strategic level coordination platforms such as the gender development partners group, Human rights and gender advisory group among others

Support and engage with the UNCT advisory groups related to OHCHR mandate in the promotion and implementation of SDGs (plan and organize coordination meetings, provide substantive inputs in drafting and elaboration of reports)

Contribute to the promotion of the SDGs and Human Rights Based Approach to Development (HRBA) among state and non-state actors

Contribute to raising public awareness on SDGs and HRBA among state and non-state actors

Provide support in strengthening capacities of state and non-state officials on the linkages between human rights and human rights based approach

Participate in organizing technical meetings with National Planning Authority, Uganda Human Rights Commission to review and strengthen the integration of HRBA in the National Development Plan and other sector and local government plans

Contribute to the training of stakeholders, partners on human rights standards applicable to sexual reproductive health rights and linkage to the SDGs

Support in drafting reports on sexual reproductive health rights to inform the development of a comprehensive multi sectoral response strategy to reduce preventable maternal mortality.

Participate in the Promotion and monitoring of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR)

Establish and maintain contacts with UN Agencies, national and international organizations to share information and coordinate planning for ESCR issues.

Strengthen capacity of key state institutions, Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) civil society organizations and advocate for integration of the ESCR in formulation of policies

Proactively encourage the integration of gender and inclusion of groups of persons with disabilities, women, youth, ethnic minorities and sexual minorities during capacity building interventions in planning and implementation processes


Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

People Management

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Legal - Legal analysis skills: The ability to digest a large amount of information and facts in order to frame and understand an issue, apply the legal framework to the particular set of facts and present a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the situation presented in order to deliver practical and meaningful advice. This skill includes the ability to provide an objective assessment of the case, the organization’s best arguments for proceeding and a recommended course of action. It also includes the capacity to think creatively and flexibly, within the applicable legal framework.

Legal - Knowledge of applicable legal framework: Understanding of the legal norms as applied to the United Nations in general, and to UNDP in particular. This includes an understanding of the structure, functioning and operations of UNDP within the broader UN system and the application of international treaties, including the UN Charter, GA resolutions, the relevant basic country assistance agreement and UN system-wide legal instruments, as well as an understanding of the internal legal framework (financial regulations and rules, policies, and procedures) of UNDP.

Legal - Legal writing skills: The ability to analyse fact patterns and present argumentation in written form. This includes the ability to draft memoranda, legal briefs and other submissions to external parties, in both an advocacy and objective format, and legal opinions. It also includes the ability to convey legal analysis and recommendations to internal parties in written form, with a particular view towards communicating for the particular audience who may not be a lawyer or have legal background.

Business Management - Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Business Management - Digital Awareness and Literacy: Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed

Business Direction & Strategy - Business Acumen: Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome, Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks

Business Development - Knowledge Facilitation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced University degree (Master’s) in law, human rights, political sciences, international relations, social sciences or any other discipline related to human rights. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree


Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in national, regional, or international organizations or non-governmental organizations, closely related to the field of human rights.

Two additional years of working experience may be required to applicants with only a Bachelor’s University Degree.

Experience working with international human rights standards, instruments and mechanisms.

Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in economic, social and cultural rights and the human rights based approach to development.


Fluency in spoken and written English. Fluency in the local language in area of coverage (Luganda) is also required.

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