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Human Rights Associate


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Bogotá
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-21


Mission and objectives

La Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos (Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas) es la principal entidad de las Naciones Unidas en derechos humanos. Representamos el compromiso del mundo para la promoción y protección del conjunto total de derechos humanos y libertades establecidos en la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos. La Alta Comisionada y la Oficina desempeñan una función singular para: - Promocionar y proteger todos los derechos humanos: Nos pronunciamos objetivamente frente a las violaciones de derechos humanos y ayudamos a elaborar las normas que se emplean para evaluar el progreso en materia de derechos humanos en el mundo. - Ayudar a empoderar a las personas: Nuestras actividades de investigación, educación y promoción contribuyen a una mayor concienciación y compromiso por parte de la comunidad internacional y del público sobre las cuestiones de derechos humanos. Esto significa que miles de personas de todas las regiones del mundo son empoderadas para reclamar sus derechos. - Ayudar a los gobiernos: Con nuestras presencias sobre el terreno, ayudamos a evitar abusos y contribuimos a mitigar las situaciones que pueden desembocar en un conflicto. Nuestra supervisión y análisis alimentan la toma de decisiones sensibles y la programación del desarrollo. También ofrecemos desarrollo de capacidades y asesoramiento jurídico a miles de personas, apoyando el desarrollo y la promulgación sensata de leyes y políticas en todo el mundo. - Formular una perspectiva de derechos humanos en todos los programas de las Naciones Unidas: Integramos los derechos humanos en todos los programas de las Naciones Unidas para asegurar que la paz y la seguridad, el desarrollo y los derechos humanos —los tres pilares del sistema de las Naciones Unidas— estén interconectados y se refuercen mutuamente.


The historical Peace Agreement signed in November 2016, by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) has provided OHCHR with additional responsi-bilities on a wide range of human rights related components. This includes to monitor and report on public policies for the dismantling of criminal organizations and protecting human rights defenders, security for FARC members as they transition from ex combatants to fully fledged political party members, case review of detained FARC members, and accompanying victims in their search for truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of Civic Space Unit in Colombia, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Assist in monitoring, fact-finding and follow-up activities in relation to the situation of human rights defenders in Colombia through: field monitoring missions; dialogue with state authori-ties including the AGO, security forces and no state actors; networking with human rights de-fenders and following individual cases in close coordination with the regional OHCHR field presences; • Contribute to regular reporting on the situation of human rights defenders with a special atten-tion on women human rights defenders and areas related with the fight against impunity in cases of attacks against human rights defenders including identification of regional trends and patterns of attacks, early warning analysis and regular internal and external reports on ac-tivities; • Provide support in capacity building and advisory services as appropriate to the Specialized Unit for the investigation and prosecution of crimes against human rights defenders of the At-torney General Office and other relevant state institutions; • Ensure the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases into an established data-base; conduct quality control and deliver statistics and trend reports as required; • Ensure a gender mainstreaming with an intersectional perspective; • Identify key contacts and opportunities for strategic partnerships to facilitate communication; • Assist the Office to transmit and spread its mandate; • Perform other duties as required.

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