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About UNAMA:

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Job Description:

The Human Rights Assistant usually reports to the Human Rights Officer and is responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists the supervisor in the planning of monitoring, investigation and capacity building, including by suggesting most appropriate interlocutors, contributing to initial assessments, taking part of human rights promotional activities, assisting in the development of monitoring questionnaires and assessment surveys, amongst others.
  • Assist when required in monitoring activities, including visits to detention facilities, courts, hospitals as required, as thus, and ready to deploy as required.
  • Receives and documents complaints on alleged human rights violations.
  • Assists in verifying and uploading human rights cases in established databases, and contributes to team information-sharing systems, and handling of case files.
  • Assists in drafting incident and daily reports and contributes to preparation of briefings and other communication materials.
  • Attends a variety of meetings, including with civil society, local authorities and human rights actors.
  • Assists in the logistical organization of all type of human rights activities.
  • Assists in the mapping of information for human-rights activities including, inter alia, mapping of local authorities, civil society representatives and institutions, local human rights actors, including defenders as well as sources of human rights information, that shall serve for collecting and verifying human rights information, monitoring protection risks, creating referral services for victims and witnesses of human rights violations, etc.
  • Makes suggestions for referral of cases to specialized services.
  • Supports the development of contacts and networks with civil society actors including NGOs.
  • Monitors local and national media, including social media, and draws attention of team leaders-to information that may be relevant to the work of the human rights component.
  • Provides language services as required.
  • Keeps abreast of UN developed policies, including those related to human rights work and takes part in human rights trainings.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Job Requirements:

Education: High school diploma or equivalent. Training in human rights/social work related is desirable.

Trainings on communication, project monitoring, logistical, budgetary & administrative issues an asset.

Amongst skills/knowledge:

Sensitivity to the political, social and cultural environment and ability to adjust behaviors accordingly.

Awareness of population diversity and of its needs, including of those in vulnerable situations.

Some knowledge of domestic legal system Good understanding of functioning of national institutions.

Some knowledge of fundamental human rights principles.

Awareness of mission mandate.

Ability to gather, verify, evaluate information from a variety of sources.

Ability to identify new and better approaches to work processes & to incorporate them in daily work: committed to gender equality.

Work Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of experience in social work, as legal/paralegal or a field closely related to human rights, e.g. supporting community development or humanitarian assistance; experience working with communities or victims; providing administrative/logistical support.

Experience that may be required/desirable: developing and/or implementing projects for communities at risk or population in vulnerable situations; working with national/international, legal/human rights standards; in human rights monitoring & reporting; providing training or participating in information or awareness raising campaigns; project management: assisting individuals at risk; working with NGOs civil society organizations or as a civil servant.

Languages: Fluency in written and oral English, Pashtu and Dari is required.

Special measure: The minimum work experience for GL-5 with a high school diploma is reduced to four (4) years, instead of the standard minimum required work experience of five (5) years, and it is reduced to three (3) years with a relevant university degree (Bachelor/Master). The special measure is extended until 31 December 2022 reduces the minimum required years of relevant work experience for filling positions for UNAMA General Service and National Professional Officer positions. The special measure is applicable to all applicants.

Submission Guideline:

  • Applicants must accurately complete, sign and date the United Nations Personal History form (P.11) and forward the duly completed signed P.11 copy by e-mail to: unamava_substantive@un.org 
  • Required documents: Serving UN staff members: The two most recent e-Performance Evaluation Reports must be submitted with the application. 
  • For External applicantsTwo most recent performance evaluation reports or if not available, two reference letters. If the applications received do not contain the latest two performance evaluation reports candidates must provide a short explanation as to why they are not available.
  • Applicants should indicate VA Number as VA#55/07/2022 and specify the location they are applying for ( e.g. VA#55/07/2022-Herat) in the email subject line when submitting duly completed and signed P.11 Form. UNAMA will not consider any applications received without VA Number and location in the email subject line and after the closing date of the VA. 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 process to verify 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

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