Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General
Switzerland, Liechtenstein

Human Rights Policy Officer

Human Rights Policy Officer

Position Number:

Agency/Work Unit:
Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland


Locally employed position

Security Assessment:

NV1 or NV2 required

Last Reviewed:
November 2017

Salary and conditions:

CHF 83,382 per annum


Employment in this role is dependent on the successful candidate obtaining and maintaining an Australian Government security clearance to the appropriate level required.  Applicants must be Australian citizens.  Loss of the security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.

Job Description

The Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland is seeking to fill the position of Human Rights Policy Officer.  The position will support the Human Rights team within the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations to advance Australia’s human rights, humanitarian and other related priorities within the United Nations and other international organisations.        

The selection for this position will be based on merit and judged against the following Selection Criteria:

Duty Statement

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:


  • Represent the Australian Government and deliver statements at UN conferences and meetings, particularly relating to human rights, and report on outcomes
  • Participate in the negotiation of resolutions on behalf of the Australian Government at UN conferences and meetings, particularly relating to human rights in specified areas, and report on outcomes
  • Manage correspondence and liaise with Canberra-based agencies on human rights communications relating to alleged violations of international human rights law, and maintain clear records
  • Liaise with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, particularly in connection with the Human Rights Council and Treaty Bodies, and maintain a range of working-level and senior contacts
  • Undertake research projects, provide policy advice, and prepare background papers and briefing materials and speeches for use by the UN Mission, primarily relating to human rights
  • Provide administrative support to senior members of the UN Delegation
  • Manage public diplomacy activities for UN/Disarmament Mission, including managing social media accounts
  • Monitor media reporting on core and cross-cutting issues as directed
  • Manage the UN Mission International Development Fund program
  • Assist with the organisation of official visits, including Ministerial visits, and provide support to the official party during visits
  • Provide back-up to the HOM Executive Assistant as part of the UN administration support team


  1. University degree in the field of human rights, politics, international relations or a related discipline
  2. Demonstrated experience/expertise working on human rights and related issues in a multilateral setting, including thorough research and analytical skills
  3. Knowledge of Australian Government policies and processes an advantage
  4. Strong written and oral communication skills in English.  Working knowledge of French is an advantage
  5. Well-developed negotiation and advocacy skills, including sound judgement and the capacity to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  6. High level administrative and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, be flexible and manage competing priorities with limited direction
  7. Highly developed interpersonal, representational and networking skills, including the ability to develop strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders
  8. Competency in standard Microsoft Office applications

To be considered applicants must:

  1. Address the selection criteria in their written application (no more than three pages), meeting and addressing all essential criteria
  2. Include a resume
  3. Include two work-related referees


Application Closing Date - The closing date for receipt of applications is COB Monday, 4 December 2017.

Applications received after this date cannot be considered. 

Applicants who are not asked to attend an interview within four weeks of the closing date may assume their application has not been successful on this occasion.

For questions or for submitting applications, please contact: