Human Rights Specialist
Nigeria, Maiduguri
4d ago

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions :

Under the guidance and direct supervision of Conflict & Political Economy Analyst in close collaboration with the respective project teams in NE Sub-

Office, the Human Rights Specialist will perform following functions :

  • Programme Development and Management;
  • Technical support in integration of human rights strategies into programming; and
  • Advocacy support and facilitation of knowledge building and management.
  • 1. Programme Development and Management :

  • Ensure substantive contribution to the analysis and research of the human rights situation, as well as the analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the North-
  • East Nigeria from a human rights perspective and prepare substantive inputs to the UNDP’s Stabilisation Facility programme planning;
  • Provide substantive input on human rights to new policy developments and strategies through analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, national / regional plans and development frameworks, and prepare briefs and inputs for policy dialogue and technical assistance coordination on human rights;
  • Support the design and formulation of the Stabilisation Facility programme initiatives translating UNDP’s mandate, policies, tools and strategies into local interventions and ensuring substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful human rights-
  • and gender-based approaches;
  • Analyze quality of programme / projects design from human rights perspectives incorporating lessons learned, newly developed policies and best practices and establishing appropriate execution and monitoring mechanisms and systems;
  • Expedite and coordinate programmes / projects implementation establishing collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, government and civil society counterparts and other UN agencies facilitating timely and efficient delivery of inputs related to human rights;
  • Participate in and contribute to the work of Protection Sector, Human Rights / SGBV Working group and / or networks established in North-East Nigeria;
  • 2. Technical support in integration of human rights strategies into programming :

  • Provide leadership and support the Sub Office and the country office team to integrate human rights and rights-based approach principles into ongoing and envisaged projects;
  • Provide advice and guidance for the implementation of the Country Strategy by strengthening the human rights-based approach in programming and implementation;
  • Ensure, advice and guide integration of gender and human rights perspectives and attention to specific inclusion issues within all assigned activities;
  • Support the translation of UNDP’s interventions on relevant root causes of compound discrimination into longer-term programming to protect development gains;
  • Analyze degree of implementation by regional government of recommendations made by UN treaty bodies, Special rights issues / events and assess their impact on the human rights situation, provide recommendation to the management related to its mandate implementation;
  • Collect and analyze human rights monitoring data and indicators, including gender-specific data and indicators at the sub-national level;
  • Facilitate organization of the project events, studies and the other activities by providing leadership and substantive guidance on human rights, prevention and elimination of a compound discrimination;
  • Write and / or provide expert input into a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc, including preparation of analytical reports / overviews on human rights.
  • 3. Advocacy support and facilitation of knowledge building and management :

  • Manage the establishment of advocacy networks at state level and linkages to national and international networks on human rights;
  • Proactively and substantively support and implement relevant, high-impact advocacy activities and campaigns with key partners;
  • Ensure awareness about current and emerging human rights trends by analyzing programme, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and share with management for use in knowledge sharing and planning future strategies;
  • Contribute to the articles and social media materials on the project activities as well as the thematic materials about human rights;
  • Proactively contribute to human rights knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organize capacity building of staff and partners on human rights-based approach and human rights strategies;
  • Develop knowledge products on human rights, gender equality, women’s and minority rights, inter- sectional discrimination in North-East Nigeria.
  • Impact of Results

    The key results have an impact on the overall CO efficiency in delivering the Stabilisation Facility in North-East Nigeria through the promotion and protection of human rights and mainstreaming of HRBA in UNDP’s programming.


    Core Values / Core Competencies

  • Integrity : Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UNDP in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism : Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity : Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

  • Organizational Awareness : Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Development and Innovation : Take charge of self-development and take initiative;
  • Work in teams : Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Communicating and Information Sharing : Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication;
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence : Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others;
  • Conflict Management : Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution;
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing : Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge;
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making : Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
  • Functional Competencies

  • Demonstrated development / programming skills particularly those that are pertinent to UNDP strategic priorities on gender issues and women’s human rights;
  • Ability to lead implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes;
  • Ability to develop strategies, plans, methodologies and tools for effective implementation of the human rights- based approach;
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management and HRB principles and approaches;
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships with UN agencies and other partners to promote partnership and build alliances to advance organizational interests and competencies;
  • Demonstrated strong coordination, facilitation and communication skills.
  • Required Skills and Experience


    Master’s Degree or equivalent in Human Rights, Law, Gender Studies and Social Sciences or related field.

    Experience :

  • A minimum five (5) years (with Masters’ degree (or equivalent) of relevant progressively responsible experience at the national and / or international level in human rights, rule of law, gender equality or other related fields;
  • Strong experience with implementing human rights projects and initiatives. Experience in advocacy for the promotion and protection of human rights is an asset;
  • Experience in establishing coordination and / or inter-relationships among international organization and national governments on human rights is an advantage;
  • Experience in post conflict environment is a strong advantage;
  • Experience of working with relevant stakeholders from the governmental and non- governmental institutions involved into human rights issues at the national and sub- national levels;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office, Outlook, etc.).
  • Language Requirements :

    Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement. The ability to communicate effectively in French is an asset.

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