Dutch Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme: Call for Applications

Deadline: 23 June 2019
Open to: candidates with the Dutch nationality and developing country candidates
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) is the leading UN entity on human rights. UN Human Rights provides assistance in the form of technical expertise and capacity-development in order to support the implementation of international human rights standards on the ground. It assists governments, which bear the primary responsibility for the protection of human rights, to fulfil their obligations and supports individuals to claim their rights. OHCHR has a staff of some 1300 people and its headquarters in Geneva, as well as an office in New York. It has field presences that comprise regional and country/stand-alone offices. Furthermore, UN Human Rights supports the human rights components of UN peace missions or political offices and deploys human rights advisers to work with the United Nations Country teams.

This post will be based in OHCHR’s Geneva headquarters, in OHCHR’s Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division (TESPRDD), joining the Sustainable Development Section. SDS develops policy and provides guidance, tools, advice and capacity-strengthening support on the mainstreaming of human rights in development, including within the context of the human rights-based implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The JPO will be located with the Geneva SDS team and would have the opportunity to learn from other Human Rights Officers in the team on issues related to the human rights-based approach and on integrating human rights into UN development policies and programmes, as well as gaining exposure to the international human rights system and its mechanisms in Geneva. As the SDGs is a priority engagement area in OHCHR Organizational  management  Plan for 2018-2021, this JPO will buttress the capacity of Sustainable Development Section to support  his priority across the Office, including in the field, as well as ensuring that human rights are a central part of UN  support on SDG implementation at the global, regional and country levels. The JPO will in particular be able to assist in the assessment, development and rolling out of trainings and capacity development initiatives on SDGs and Human Rights across the Office and beyond, engaging with partners and relevant stakeholders.


1. The following position is open in the context of the Dutch JPO Programme and exclusively addressed to candidates with the Dutch nationality.

2. The following position is open in the context of the Dutch JPO Programme and exclusively addressed to Developing Country candidates with a nationality from one of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia.

Additional requirements for candidates from developing countries:

A) Do you possess a Master’s degree and a MINIMUM of 2 and a MAXIMUM of 4 years of relevant work experience?

While the Dutch JPO Programme does not have an age limit for applicants, only candidates with a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years of work experience can be considered.

B) Did you complete part of your academic qualification  (BA or MA or equivalent) in your home country or a developing country reflected above?

Please ONLY submit your application if you are meeting all the above requirements and the job specific requirements set out in the vacancy announcement.


On completion of the assignment, the JPO will be able to:

  • Write assessment and lessons-learned reports
  • Contribute to developing training and capacity-building materials and modalities for different
  • Monitor progress in mainstreaming human rights in development, including SDG implementation
  • Engage in a broad range of activities and technical assistance in the area of human rights and development with UN agencies, partners and other relevant stakeholders, with specific attention to implementation in the field.

How to apply?

Please also make sure you read the guidelines on how to apply in the Online Application System (OAS).

In order to apply and for more information, please visit the official web page.