National Human Rights Coordinator vacancy - OHCHR Moldova

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has had a field presence in the Republic of Moldova since 2008. An initial Human Rights Adviser (HRA) arrangement was concluded for the Republic of Moldova within the Action 2 initiative and an international HRA was first deployed to Moldova in July 2008 to be replaced in July 2015 by the National Human rights Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities

The National Human Rights Coordinator acts under the direct operational supervision of/reports to the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Moldova, in consultation with the UNCT in Moldova, and under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief of the Europe and Central Asia Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and/ or of the OHCHR Human Rights Officer/ Adviser deployed within the UNCT in Moldova as relevant.

The National Human Rights Coordinator:

  • Advises the Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team on strategies to build and strengthen national capacities and institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights, including through UN development cooperation programmes. To this end the National Human Rights Coordinator represents OHCHR in the internal processes of the UN System and is an ex-officio member of the UN Country Team;
  • Acts as national focal point for the implementation of OHCHR Country strategy and corresponding Annual Work plans as well as amendment of or development of revised plans and strategies for OHCHR activities in the Republic of Moldova;
  • Supports UN Country Team in acting on and mainstreaming human rights in agency- and inter-agency work;
  • Acts to support implementation of recommendations arising from international human rights mechanisms, as well as priorities identified during missions by senior UN officialsas well as recommendations by Senior UN Expert Thomas Hammarberg concerning human rights in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Advises human rights state actors – including the Government, representative bodies and national human rights institutions and civil society – on how best to: promote UN norms and standards; enhance legal frameworks and judicial capacity; and develop the national capacity of protection machinery, including its ability to meet international reporting obligations;
  • Liaises with, and provides support to civil society organizations engaged in the promotion and implementation of UN norms and standards in human rights;
  • Follows and analyzes the human rights situation in the Republic of Moldova, providing issue-based or situational assessments to OHCHR and the RC as appropriate;
  • Supports efficient management of financial, human and physical resources of OHCHR, including via supporting planning and programming of expenditures and ensuring implementation and delivery according to the approved cost plan, including ongoing review of obligations and allotments; supervising consultants and other personnel, ensuring substantive programme delivery as well as compliance with performance management requirements; supporting resource mobilization initiatives; other as relevant.



  • Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive and complex problems.
  • Excellent knowledge of the international human rights system;
  • Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights;
  • Understanding of human rights issues in the Republic of Moldova, including the political environment and legal framework as concerns human rights;
  • Experience of providing capacity building to national human rights institutions and/or other actors;
  • Demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems in specific contexts and systems;
  • Excellent communication skills, including in drafting and the ability to analyze and convey complex concepts and recommendations at senior levels, in a clear concise style;
  • Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to resolve complex and/or sensitive issues;
  • Ability to establish priorities and plan work assignments;
  • Familiarity with the UN human rights system;
  • Demonstrated advocacy, communications and networking skills.


  • Ability to interact and to establish and maintain effective working relationships both as a team member and team leader, with people from different national, cultural or other backgrounds.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters’ degree in human rights, public or international law, political science, international relation or a related field. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and relevant substantive experience may be accepted in lieu of a Masters’ degree.


  • Specialised knowledge and working experience with regard to the international human rights machinery and treaties;
  • A minimum of 2 years of applied professional experience at national and/or international level in the field of human rights, development and/or humanitarian experience;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English and Romanian; fluency in Russian is an asset; working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language is an asset;
  • Is respectful of differences of culture, gender, religion ethnicity, nationality, language, HIV status, disability and sexual orientation, gender identity or other status.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

This is a local position, therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova or others legally authorized to work in the country are eligible to apply.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Online applications can be submitted by registered users only. Self-registration link is available at the next page and requires candidates to provide a valid email address.

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