National Human Rights Officer vacancy - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Moldova

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OHCHR field presence in Moldova assists the UN RC Office, UN Country Team in Moldova, Government and civil society in promoting human rights and implementing human rights-based approach. It works closely with the UNCT on capacity building and mainstreaming human rights in their work, as well as providing support in their engagement with national actors on human rights, including advising national authorities upon request.

According to the Country Programme for 2018-20121 OHCHR, field presence in Moldova is developing its activities based on the following framework pillars: a) Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations; b) Increasing the implementation of the international human rights mechanisms outcomes; c) Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; d) Integrating human rights in sustainable development; e) Enhancing and protecting civic space and people’s participation.

The expected results for activities under each of the pillars are: a) Laws, policies and practices increasingly address, prevent and reduce human rights violations in the context of law enforcement and justice; b) National institutional structures facilitate an integrated and participatory approach to reporting to the human rights mechanism and the implementation of their recommendations; c) Laws, policies and practices more effectively combat discrimination in all forms and responsible authorities actively work at implementing the “leave no one behind” principle by addressing the root causes of inequality; d) National institutions assisted by communities systematically collect, disaggregate and use data relevant for advancing human rights when they monitor and implement sustainable development goals; e) Civil society assistance to victims of human rights violations is strengthened and victims of human rights violations-most notably women and youth with disabilities, as well as women surviving sexual violence increasingly engage with national and international protection systems.

In order to achieve the results described above OHCHR field presence in Moldova will work towards 1. Raising awareness, improving knowledge and building capacities of the state stakeholders as well as civil society on the effective enforcement of the international standards in the filed of combatting torture and ill treatment, rights of ethnolinguistic minorities as well as rights of persons with disabilities; 2. Providing expertise and advice towards setting up and enhancing the functionality of the key national human rights mechanisms; 3. Raising awareness and improving knowledge and building capacities of CSOs, individuals, NHRIs, and UNCT to prepare quality submissions towards UN human rights mechanisms and effectively advocate and promote them; 4. Provide expertise and advice, raise awareness for an improved anti-discrimination policy framework; 5. Raise awareness, enhance knowledge and build capacities of policy makers, data producers, rights-holders and NHRIs to deliver new segments of disaggregated data; 6. Raise awareness, improve knowledge and build capacities of selected groups of vulnerable rights-holders - most notably people with disabilities towards their effective engagement with public policy and law-making, including via an established structured civil society monitoring mechanism over the implementation of UN human rights recommendations and National Human Rights Action Plan.

The incumbent will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the National Human Rights Coordinator. In his/her work the incumbent will apply and promote the principles of human rights-based approach and results-based management (RBM).

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with other members of the OHCHR country team for effective achievement of results, anticipating and contributing to resolving complex program/project-related issues and information delivery. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with applicable programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will work closely with and under the supervision of the National Human Rights Coordinator (UN Human Rights Office – OHCHR). With a view at contributing to the full implementation of OHCHR field presence annual working plan she/he will: (1) undertake human rights research and analysis in the relevant fields as described in the background section herein; (2) provide expertise and advice for the institutional setting up and further efficient activity of the national coordination and monitoring human rights mechanisms (National Human Rights Council and Permanent Human Rights Secretariat); (3) support relevant stakeholders in drafting the submissions to the international human rights mechanisms; (4) coordinate and develop cooperation/partnerships with Moldova’s governmental actors, relevant UN and development counterparts, Moldova’s civil society and underrepresented groups in the establishment of a viable human rights monitoring platform in the framework of the national coordination and monitoring bodies; (5) provide expertise and advice to policy makers towards enhancing of the prevention mechanisms for discrimination; 6) support the involvement of people belonging to underrepresented groups – most notably people with disabilities, ethnolinguistic minorities, women and youth to engage with policy and law making, including via an established structured civil society monitoring mechanism over the implementation of the UN human rights recommendations; (7) support OHCHR’s work as concerns Office reporting, resource mobilization and other strategic tasks.

The incumbent will perform inter alia the following duties towards fulfillment of the above-listed key duties:

  • Draft the research notes, memos, analysis papers and other documents relevant for the current activity of the presence;
  • Provide support through expertise and technical assistance in the establishment and proper functioning of the National Human Rights Secretariat and the National Human Rights Council;
  • Facilitate the drafting of the national as well as alternative submissions to the treaty bodies;
  • Mobilize the CSOs as well as individuals belonging to underrepresented groups to get engaged in human rights monitoring and reporting activities within the established national institutional structures;
  • Develop training materials and provide training to state and non-state stakeholders on human rights-based approach, human rights mainstreaming, monitoring and reporting;
  • Asses and report on the activities related to the implementation of international human rights mechanisms (UPR by the NRC and treaty bodies);
  • Assist and support towards the organization by and within the Office of public events, trainings and other meetings;
  • Provide support to the NHRC in planning new interventions such as multi partner projects;
  • Provide input to the internal reporting process as well as the reporting within the UNCT;
  • Performing any other duties as assigned by the NHRC.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues including, torture and ill treatment, sexual violence against women, non-discrimination, rights of ethnolinguistic minorities, rights of persons with disabilities.

Profound knowledge of the concept, techniques and ways of implementation of the human rights-based approach, human rights mainstreaming and results-based management. Knowledge of institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies and procedures, and relevant human rights, humanitarian and criminal law. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in the region or country of assignment, including the political environment and legal statutes as they pertain to human rights. Ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to human rights problems in specific societies and systems. Demonstrated skills in training civil authorities and members of advocacy groups to recognize human rights abuses and take action to hold authorities accountable. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

TEAMWORK: 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 decision may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjust as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University Degree in law, international relations or sociology. Additional training and certification in human rights would be a strong advantage.


  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience out of which at least 2 of human rights related experience;
  • Experience of working with the UN human rights system especially with special procedures and treaty bodies will be an asset.
  • Experience in working with state counterparts in promoting and advocating for human rights.
  • Previous experience in human rights empowerment of groups and networks of human rights organizations or related work at the national level is a very strong advantage

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English, Romanian and Russian.
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language would be an asset.


UNDP is an employer committed to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both male and female.

UNDP is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

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.

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Application deadline: 18 November 2018

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