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Human Rights Expert (UNDP/NORDEM)

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NRC   is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of  Human Rights Expert (UNDP/NORDEM) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Description

  • Job Title: Human Rights Expert (UNDP/NORDEM)
  • Job by NRC
  • Organization: NRC – Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-30

NORCAP is seeking an experienced Human Rights Expert to UNDP

Located in UNDP’s Regional Service Center for Africa in Addis Ababa (with travel as needed), the Human Rights Expert will work to further faciliate UNDP’s regional human rights work including strengthening National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) through the Tripartite Partnership (TPP) to support NHRIs, supporting ongoing initiatives in support of regional human rights institutions such as the Banjul Commission etc .


NORCAP is a part of the Norwegian Refugee Council and is the world’s largest provider of expertise to the humanitarian sector. With more than 300 experts in the field at any given time we offer our experts the opportunity to work with a range of organisations and clusters across different geographic locations. NORCAP Experts work with UN agencies, humanitarian organisations, development actors and national stakeholders to save lives, build resilient communities, ensure peaceful transitions from conflict, and promote sustainable governance.

NORDEM is NORCAP`s programme on human rights democracy and peace. We support international organisations and operations that work in the field of human rights, democratisation and peace with qualified experts. In addition, we offer advice, support the transfer of experience and contribute to research. Our expertise covers such fields as good governance, democratic institutions, independence of the judiciary, judicial and legal reform, human rights, election observation and election assistance.

The Human Rights Expert will be seconded by NORCAP and will report to the Regional Governance and Rule of Law Adviser in Addis Ababa with linkages to the Crisis Bureau in New York.  She/he will benefit from being part of a network of Human Rights expertise in UNDP globally through the Global Policy Network (GPN).


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
  • 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
  • Work with UNDP country focal points and project managers to identify specific needs of NHRIs
  • Support the management of the TPP by overseeing the transfer of funds, coordinating meetings, establishing timelines, assigning tasks, etc.
  • Brief the TPP Management Committee of progress on a regular basis

Support to Regional Human Rights Initiatives

  • Supports in promoting the rule of law, justice and human rights in Africa through the implementation of the Renewed UNDP Governance and Peacebuilding Framework for Africa: 2022 – 2025
  • Maintains an overview of political, security and humanitarian developments; monitors the situation for potential human rights implications; conducts protection risk analysis with recommended actions for various stakeholders.
  • Conducts substantive research and analysis of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in Africa
  • Collects and analyses human rights data and indicators in country/region of assignment, including gender-specific data and indicators.
  • Provides support to the Banjul Commission and other bodies

​​​​​​​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
  • Participate in relevant events and meetings to expand UNDP’s human rights network and promote the portfolio
  • Develop resource mobilization strategies for human rights support in Africa and maintain regular communication with current donors
  • Conduct advocacy meetings to diversity funding streams for the TPP and human rights offer including through non-traditional donors
  • Create communication materials showcasing the TPP as unique entry points to strengthen human rights in Africa and achieve the SDGs

Advocacy and Partner Engagement related to Human Rights

  • Establish regular meetings and methods to share information between external partners and UNDP colleagues
  • Maintain up to date contact lists for the TPP and human rights in Africa
  • Catalog progress throughout the year on the overall portfolios
  • 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


  • 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.
  • At least 7 years of proven experience in the field of Human Rights, Monitoring and Reporting
  • At least 5 years of experience in Research and Analysis in the area of Human Rights
  • At least 5 years of experience in providing policy advice and expertise in the field of Human Rights in Africa
  • Proven experience in drafting guidelines and policy documents
  • Well established partnership with the Government and the CSOs
  • Proven track record and experience in the UN System related to Stabilization, Rule of Law, Security is preferable.
  • Experience of working in politically complex settings.
  • Fluency in English language is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages highly desirable, especially French

Being a NORCAP expert gives you:

  • A great opportunity to work in an international setting for a global organisation
  • Significant life experience through challenges and self-development
  • A steep learning curve and career development
  • Access to a unique network of humanitarian, peace, and development professionals
  • A meaningful job working with the world’s challenges on location

Duty station: UNDP Regional Hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration: 12 months
Level: P4


  • Kindly register your full employment history and education in English and include your full name as written in your passport. Please note that uploaded CVs without registration will not be reviewed.
  • NRC reserves the right to conduct a full background check on shortlisted candidates.
  • Approved Health Certificate will be required prior to contract commencement and deployment.
  • All applicants will get feedback within four weeks after the closing of this advertisement
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization’s page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.


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