Associate in Human Rights Monitoring

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Application deadline 1 year ago: Friday 30 Oct 2020 at 23:59 UTC

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This is a UNV International Youth contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Youth contracts.

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of the Human Rights Officer and the overall guidance of the Deputy Head of Mission, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Participate, as part of a team, in monitoring the human rights situation, including identifying emerging trends and patterns of human rights violations with the focus on socio-economic rights;

  • Provide support to liaising with relevant partners and stakeholders, including civil society organizations, national human rights institutions and international organizations, and foster and maintain their active engagement in the work of OHCHR in Ukraine;

  • Facilitate engagement with communities and human right defenders, particularly youth and those who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, to raise awareness of human rights and advocate for compliance with international human rights norms and standards;

  • Assist in conducting monitoring, researching and documenting quantitative and qualitative information related to the impact of economic policies related to the conflict on the enjoyment of economic and social rights of the most marginalized communities and certain individuals within those communities (disaggregated by age, sex, location, language and other relevant status), such as the people in the territories affected by the conflict in the east of Ukraine;

  • Contribute to OHCHR’s periodic and ad hoc reports, bearing in mind OHCHR’s guidance on results-based management;

  • Provide inputs to various written communications such as talking points and briefing notes on relevant substantive/thematic issues;

  • Provide administrative and logistical support, including organizing events/meetings and field visits;

  • Perform any other duties as assigned.


Required degree level:

Bachelor degree or equivalent

Education - Additional Comments:

Bachelor's degree in Law, human rights, political science, international relations or any other relevant disciplines related to human rights

Required experience:

Experience remark:

    • Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in human rights, especially economic and social rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area. Experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Human rights monitoring and/or reporting experience is desirable.

    • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Russian(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge

Area of expertise:

Other development programme/project experience

Area of expertise details:

Learning Expectations

Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.

Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer include the development of:

  • Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.
  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.
  • Volunteering-related skills: including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and active participation.

Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, the host agency will support knowledge and capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. The host agency will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.

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Competencies values:

Accountability, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Ethics and Values, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

*Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then, go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call (assignment) to which you would like to apply.

*Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at Then, go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call (assignment) to which you would like to apply.

Candidates may apply to a maximum of three (3) special calls (assignments) per advertisement. You may specify your order of preference in the ‘Additional Remarks’ section of your profile.

This assignment is funded by the Government of Czech Republic.

The selected candidate will be invited to an Assignment Preparation Training in February 2021.

Application deadline: 30 October 2020

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