National Human Rights Officer Vacancy in Ethiopia 2021

UNDP, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)



United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights- East African Regional Office (OHCHR-EARO) has planned various activities to advance the promotion and protection of human Rights in the Eastern Africa sub-region, including Ethiopia, Djibouti and Tanzania in cooperation with the respective Governments, NHRIs, CSOs, Academia and other partners. Taking into consideration the increased high-level demand that the office is facing from its government and non-government partners in the sub-region, EARO is in need of a highly qualified National human Rights Officer to support the mentioned activities planned by the office.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Director/Regional Representative and supervision from the Senior Human Rights Officer, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

Take part in the implementation of human rights projects related to countries covered by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights – East Africa Regional Office of (EARO);

Follow up the daily developments on human rights and the administration of justice, and conduct legal research on matters with special emphasis on the justice system of the countries covered by EARO;

Monitor, investigate and report on human rights issues and developments in Ethiopia, including participating in field human rights assessment missions to the various regions.

Conduct research on various  human rights issues, including gathering information from various sources, communications and publications; with a particular focus on the office’s thematic priorities including on genderAssist in organizing meetings and training for relevant partners as well as in the preparation of reports;

Maintain good working relations between EARO and national partners working on human rights issues, especially the judiciary, CSOs, national human rights institutions and UN agencies.

Participate in the evaluation of human rights projects as well as organization of human rights promotional activities;

Assist in strengthening implementation of human rights mechanisms and the collaboration between UN human rights mechanisms and African Union (AU) Regional human rights Mechanisms (ACHPR, CERWC, AfCHPR, PAP, APRM, Anti-Corruption Board etc.);

Assist in establishing,  updating and maintaining database of human rights resource persons, and human rights institutions and civil society organizations;

Contributes to the implementation of EARO programmes, annual work plans and cost plans;

Perform other duties as required and assigned by the Regional Representative.





Good knowledge of a wide range of human rights issues; good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights; Good analytical and research skills; Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess their impact on the human rights situation in the assigned region/country. Good knowledge of the African Union and the African Regional Human Rights System would be an asset;


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.


Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input 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; Share credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjusts priorities as required;


Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments.

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced university degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations or other disciplines related to human rights. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree


At least 2 years (4 years with first Degree) of progressively responsible work experience in human rights, international humanitarian law and legal matters.  Human Rights related experience within the United Nations is an advantage.

Language Requirements:

Fluency, good written and analytical skills in English and Amharic is essential.  Fluency in French would be an asset.


Important applicant information


All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.


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