United Nations Human Rights Officer (Legal Officer) Job

United Nations Human Rights Officer (Legal Officer) Job

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is within the Fact-Finding Mission on Sudan pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/54/L.18. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the Fact-Finding Mission.


Within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer (Legal Officer) will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Handles a range of issues related to international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law, including interpretation and application of relevant legal instruments;
  • Conducts extensive legal research and analysis on the body of information and evidence collected by the Secretariat with a view of identifying individual criminal and command responsibility; assesses evidence for relevance, admissibility, and shareability in conformity with established OHCHR consent practices;
  • Conducts analysis and research on various legal matters pertaining to the investigation, and contributes to drafting the investigation plan;
  • Analyzes and advises the team on matters related to the applicable legal framework and the legal standards applicable to the human rights situation under investigation;
  • Provides advice on different legal issues and assists in drafting legal opinions, memoranda and other briefing documents for the Fact-Finding Mission staff;
  • Ensures legal accuracy of all documents, including reports, submissions, press releases etc., prepared by the Fact-Finding Mission;
  • Assists in the drafting of the legal framework and analysis of the Fact-Finding Mission’s reports and ensures consistency of findings, conclusions and recommendations with the mandate, applicable law and information gathered
  • Identifies trends and patterns of human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international criminal law and international humanitarian law;
  • Conducts information gathering activities under the guidance of the Fact-Finding Team Leader, including interviews and the collection and analysis of open sources material and satellite imagery.
  • Ensures the legal analysis and legal qualification of the findings integrate gender perspective, reflecting the gender dimensions and gendered impact of the violations.
  • Performs other duties as required.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law, international criminal law or another discipline related to human rights is required. A first level university degree in the mentioned fields of studies, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in international human rights law, international humanitarian law and/or international criminal law is required.
  • Relevant working experience in a judicial institution or accountability mechanism providing legal analysis on international human rights law, international humanitarian law and/or international criminal law is desirable.
  • Relevant working experience in/on the region is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency, in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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Closing Date : 08 November 2023