Human Rights Expert, UNDP Regional Hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)


Job Category:  Democratisation

Locations: Addis Ababa – Deployment

Apply Before:  10/21/2021

Degree Level: Post Bachelor’s

Job Schedule:  Full time

Job Description

NORCAP, operated by the Norwegian Refugee Council, solves challenges in the humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding sectors to better protect vulnerable people’s lives and rights. We build partnerships, promote more effective ways of working and provide skilled experts to develop capacity.

We work with and through our partners to address challenges via three core activities:

  • We develop partnerships with regional and global organisations and national stakeholders. We believe working together in a coordinated and sustainable manner is the best way to reduce needs, risks, and vulnerability over time.
  • We seek and promote more effective ways of working at the global level and in the field. Our aim is not only to reduce needs but also to create choice and opportunity for people in need
  • Together with our partners we identify capacity needs and respond accordingly with expertise and knowledge to achieve sustainability. As an independent entity we are well placed to identify and address challenges, improve collaboration and encourage new and innovative approaches

Our Democracy, Human Rights and Peacebuilding Programme (NORDEM), strengthens the capacity of international organizations and national stakeholders to promote and protect democracy and credible elections, human rights, rule of law and peace.

NORDEM is now recruiting a Human Rights Experts to work in support of UNDP’s regional human rights work, including strengthening National Human Rights Institutions(NHRIs) through the Tripartite Partnership (TPP) to support NHRIs.

UNDP is supporting the strengthening of national human rights systems throughout Africa through: supporting national human rights institutions (NHRIs) as part of the Tri-Partite Partnership with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI); supporting engagement with the human rights mechanisms including the Universal Periodic Review process and the treaty bodies;  integrating  human rights and SDG follow up; supporting a human rights-based approach to development cooperation including UNDP programming approaches; and, promoting the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other accountability mechanisms to further promote and protect human rights.

Expected Outputs and deliverables:

Support to the regional human rights portfolio in Africa including country support and project design

  • Identify best practices and lessons learned in human rights programming in Africa and support knowledge sharing and peer to peer support
  • Conduct research and facilitate knowledge sharing on national human rights systems, support to NHRIs, engagement with the human rights mechanisms, mainstreaming of human rights and promotion of accountability including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Support country programming and project development on human rights

Project implementation to support the TPP including close coordination with TPP partners focused on NHRI support in countries

  • Implement the workplan of the Tripartite Partnership for National Human Rights Institutions (TPP) in Africa
  • Develop context specific joint approaches to support national human rights institutions (NHRIs) leveraging the comparative advantages of the TPP partners
  • Communicate regularly with OHCHR, GANHRI, and NANHRI counterparts to capture inputs from all partners

Resource mobilization related to human rights and the support to NHRIs

  • Engage in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts to scale up the human rights work in Africa
  • Develop resource mobilization strategies for human rights support in Africa and maintain regular communication with current donors

Advocacy and partner engagement related to human rights.

  • Establish regular meetings and methods to share information between external partners and UNDP colleagues
  • Draft mid and end of year reports for donors of the relevant human rights work
  • Provide inputs/ draft briefs, talking points, speeches for senior management upon request
  • Utilize the GPN Community of Practice networks to engage colleagues across the organization

Experience and qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree, preferably in international development, law, international affairs, public administration, public policy, development economics, or other relevant field, or extensive compensating experience in Human Rights and Rule of Law.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in either public sectors (national or multilateral, including UN), private (academia, non-governmental sector, corporate), with increasing level of responsibility

Kindly submit your CV and application in English and include your full name as written in your passport.

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About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks. NRC requires staff members who travel on an international contract to the field to undergo an medical examination with our medical provider. Employees must produce a Health Clearance Certificate before departure stating that there are no relevant health concerns. If staff are unable to provide this, NRC reserves the right to terminate the Contract of Employment.

About the Team

NORCAP solves key challenges in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors, in order to better protect vulnerable people’s lives and rights. We build partnerships and projects with national and international organisations and stakeholders. Skilled NORCAP experts contribute to developing partners’ capacity – to identify and address challenges, improve collaboration and encourage new and innovative approaches. NORCAP is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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