Human Rights Officer, P3

UN Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 29

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Assessment & Technical Assistance Office, Human Rights/Countering Violent Extremism Cluster, CTED. The incumbent reports directly to the Senior Human Rights Officer.


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

  • Supports the Senior Human Rights Officer in providing expert advice to the CTED Executive Director and CTED staff on international human rights law, humanitarian law and refugee law in relation to counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism;
  • Prepares background briefing notes on the legal aspects/analysis of human rights for discussion with Member States as appropriate;
  • Assists the Executive Director and the Senior Human Rights Officer in liaising with the various international and regional organisations specialised in international human rights law, humanitarian law and refugee law issues, as well as with civil society including nongovernmental organisations and academic institutions;
  • Assists in the analysis of the status of implementation of UN resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017) and other Security Council resolutions relevant to counter-terrorism, with particular reference to human rights aspects of those resolutions;
  • Participates as appropriate in CTC visits to Member States to report on their compliance with relevant resolutions and to make recommendations on subsequent follow-up actions to be taken, with particular reference to relevant human rights issues;
  • Assists in organizing CTED-sponsored global and regional workshops to bring together practitioners to share good practices on implementing various aspects of resolution 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017), 2617 (2021) and other relevant resolutions.



  • Authoritative knowledge of and wide exposure to the full range of human rights issues relevant to counter-terrorism, to include approaches and techniques to address highly sensitive/complex problems;
  • Excellent knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights;
  • Original thinking, independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major issues and problems;
  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


  • 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.


  • 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, human rights, political science, international relations, social sciences or related field. A first-level degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required;
  • Experience with counterterrorism issues is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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