Programme Analyst/National Human Rights Officer, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Moldova

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The UN Human Rights Office (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. It has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.

OHCHR field presence in Moldova assists the UN RC Office, UN Country Team in Moldova, the state authorities and civil society in promoting human rights and implementing a 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. The field presence works with the state authorities and civil society in supporting their engagement with the international human rights mechanisms as well as the state’s efforts in implementing international human rights obligations, by inter alia building their capacity, providing expert advice, and facilitating coordination.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Moldova. The incumbent will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Human Rights Adviser.

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with other members of the OHCHR field presence for effective achievement of results, anticipating and contributing to resolving complex program/project-related issues and information delivery.

In his/her work the incumbent is expected to manifest organizational awareness, self-discipline and to keep track of the deadlines for the activities assigned to him/her. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with applicable programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies.

The Programme Analyst/National Human Rights Officer acts under the supervision of/reports to the international Human Rights Adviser in the Republic of Moldova (OHCHR).

Under the direct supervision of and in consultation with the international Human Rights Adviser, the National Human Rights Officer:

  • Contributes to providing advice to 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.
  • Contributes to the implementation of OHCHR Country Notes and Annual Work plans developed under the Country Note, as well as amendment of or development of new plans and strategies for OHCHR activities in the Republic of Moldova.
  • Contributes to the support of the 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 the High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner, as well as recommendations by Senior Experts concerning human rights in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova.
  • Advises human rights 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.
  • Keeps track of 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 planning and programming of expenditures and ensuring implementation of and delivery according to the approved cost plan, including ongoing review of obligations and allotments; and as required supervising consultants and other personnel, ensuring substantive programme delivery as well as compliance with performance management requirements; supporting resource mobilization initiatives;
  • Drafts a variety of reports and correspondence relating to human rights matters;
  • Conduct other relevant tasks as requested.


Core Competencies

Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work

  • Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow

  • Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

  • Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

  • Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

  • Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional Competencies

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

PLANNING & ORGANISING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise


  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

JOB KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNICAL EXPERTISE: Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience


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


  • Specialized knowledge and working experience with regard to the international human rights mechanisms and treaties.
  • A minimum of 2 years of applied professional experience with Master Degree or 4 years of applied professional experience with Bachelor’s Degree, at national and/or international level in the field of human rights.
  • Experience of working with the United Nations is a strong asset.
  • Experience of working with OHCHR is an advantage.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English and Romanian.
  • Working knowledge of Russian is also a requirement.
  • Knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian is an advantage.


  • Non-Smoking environment

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Important applicant information

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

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.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters:

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UN is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

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. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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