OHCHR country offices/stand-alone offices are established on the basis of a standard agreement between OHCHR and the host government. The mandate of a country office/stand-alone office includes human rights observation, protection, technical cooperation activities and public reporting. Activities of a country office are developed in consultation with the concerned government, based on an assessment of human rights concerns and the capacity of national and international actors involved in human rights work, as well as on the most effective means available to OHCHR for addressing gaps. Country and stand-alone offices are mostly funded by voluntary contributions.
Country offices vary in size, depending on the phase of deployment and the nature of the work undertaken. They report annually to the High Commissioner, and their reports are presented to the Human Rights Council in accordance with their mandate either independently or as part of the High Commissioner’s report.
At the end of 2015, OHCHR had 14 country or stand-alone offices which are comprised of 13 country offices in: Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Mauritania, Mexico, the State of Palestine*, Tunisia, Uganda and Yemen, as well as one field-based structure in Seoul covering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
*Reference to the State of Palestine should be understood in compliance with United Nations General Assembly resolution
Details on the individual field presences can be found in the relevant sections of the Office Management Plan 2014-2017.