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Human Rights Officer
 Vacancy No: UNITAMS-JO-KHARTOUM-2021-39
 Section/Unit: ODSRSG/Office of Support to Civilian Protection
 Grade Level: NO-C (Fixed-Term)
 Supervisor: Human Rights Officer
 No. of Post: 01
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Duration: One year
 Closing Date: 25 July 2021


Important note: UNITAMS will only accept properly completed and signed Personal History Form (P.11) received before closing date. Please submit your application on the attached P.11 ONLY.  Other UN P.11 formats, incomplete P.11, CV and Resume will not be accepted, nor will late submissions after closing date.


The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work as soon as possible.


Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected, subject to clearance of employment reference checks, security and medical.  The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.


This position is locally recruited open for Sudanese nationals only.


UNITAMS will not provide accommodation to locally recruited staff.


UNITAMS is equal employer for men and women. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

 Duties and responsibilities:

The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.


The position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Office of Support to Civilian Protection. The incumbent will report to the Human Rights Officer.



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


•      Develops and implements policy frameworks related to the rule of law and the strengthening of the criminal justice system and related institutions in Sudan, while implementing and advising on the legal framework for institutional reform of the judiciary, prosecution service, corrections system and law enforcement agencies and legal representations or aid.

•      Serves as liaison, develops, and maintains strong relationships with all rule of law interlocutors and partners in the host country, including the host government, United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes and relevant Member States, NGOs and civil society groups.

•      Provides policy and operational advice to the Senior Rule of Law Officer through information gathering, analysis and advice on Sudanese legislation, policies and initiatives related to the judiciary, including linkages with informal justice systems; assists in programming related activities at the national level and handles a wider range of multi-disciplinary, complex and often sensitive and/or conflicting matters involving issues pertaining to criminal justice policy, reform of the judicial system, corrections system and related institutions.

•      Provides innovative technical advice and assistance to local commissions and other stakeholders in Sudan to ensure cohesive and coordinated programme delivery.

•      Contributes to the development of strategic plans and policymaking frameworks related to the rule of law in the context of the mission’s mandate and assists in the day-to-day coordination of key activities with other mission components (e.g. police, human rights, political affairs, gender, child protection, peacebuilding etc.) and UN entities.

•      Supports rule of law programme activities including by advising and mentoring national counterparts, facilitating and organizing workshops and consultations, supporting national criminal justice system coordination, training of national actors and/or monitoring of the court and legal system, including field offices, if required.

•      Advises on and prepares complex legal research and analysis and other outputs, including work unit reports and assessments, policy documents, guidelines, briefings, and other documents as necessary.

•      Participates in legislative reviews and drafts commentaries and other relevant documents.

•      Represents the mission and serves on various standing boards and committees, as required.

•      Supports, convenes and participates in national level coordination, planning and/or reform processes and donor coordination, including through provision of support to the completion of major reviews of the justice sector and the development of long-term national strategic plans.

•      Ensures effective knowledge management and information sharing, including developing a culture of respect for, and inclusion of, local actors in all rule of law programme and reform initiatives.

•      Takes the lead in identifying, establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with other actors (national and international) in assigned areas of responsibility with a view to pursuing work programme objectives and ensuring participation in and effective integration of ideas in the planning and implementation of activities.

•      Performs programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the work unit, including contributing to the preparation of budgets, reporting on performance and results, job interviewing and evaluation of candidates.

  • Performs other related duties as required. Provides language support within the rule of law team as required


 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first-level university degree in any field, with a bar qualification or equivalent, in combination with two additional years of relevant legal experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. A first-level university degree in law, in combination with two additional years of relevant academic qualifications and/or additional legal experience in the field of rule of law assistance, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


Work Experience:

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in implementing law reforms and overseeing the implementation of national policies and plans in rule of law and security matters is required.

Experience as a practicing lawyer, prosecutor, judge, legal academic, legal consultant, or adviser in the field of justice is required.


A minimum of one (1) year of experience providing technical assistance for the development or reform of legal and rule of law institutions in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Management experience is desirable.

Experience providing services in the field of Rule of Law or related areas to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is required.





Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of unit’s mandate and strategic direction. Demonstrated understanding of a range of issues related to rule of law, judicial, prosecutorial and legal systems, corrections, reform, capacity building, etc. Knowledge of criminal law, relevant international standards on human rights and accountability. Ability to identify issues and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems. Ability to conduct research, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on judicial affairs initiatives in assigned country/area. Ability to work under pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human suffering). Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


Communication: 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.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment followed by a competency-based interview.




  • Applicants must accurately complete, update, sign and date the attached United Nations Personal History form (P.11 ONLY and forward the duly completed signed P.11 by e-mail to:unitamsrecruitment@un.org
  • Applicants should COPY UNITAMS-JO-KHARTOUM-2021-39 – Rule of Law Officer in the SUBJECT line of the email when submitting their signed P.11 form. UNITAMS will not consider any applications which are not received directly in the VA mailbox. Other UN P.11 formats and incomplete P.11 will not be accepted.
  • Please note that any information provided on the P.11 form will be considered binding.
  • The selected candidates will be subject to a reference checks to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the P.11 form.
  • Only applicants who are short-listed will receive an acknowledgement within two weeks from the deadline indicated on the VA.


Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

United Nations Considerations:

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.


No Fee:


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