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Human Rights Associate

Bogotá

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

Details

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.

Context

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 responsibilities 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 the field presence and the overall coordination of the OHCHR Deputy Representative in Colombia the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Assist in conducting field missions in order to gather relevant information and promote change and impact to improve the human rights situation in the designated area of responsibility. • Assist in receiving complaints and interviewing victims, and witnesses of violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law in one or more selected areas under the responsibility of the Office. • Assist in conducting research and analysis with respect to specific human rights and groups such as indigenous peoples and other ethnic groups in the designated area of responsibility. • Assist the Coordinator in the preparation of monthly reports, particularly on human rights and international humanitarian law trends in the geographical or thematic area of assignment, including gender-specific issues according to international law. • Assist the Human Rights Officers in identifying and researching themes (including of political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, natural or causing civil unrest in the country or geographic area), and in maintaining the human rights database up to date. • Provide support to the Human Rights Officers and Coordinator in the registration and analysis of cases of violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law in the Office database, including proper legal qualification. • Assist the Human Rights Officers in the preparation of external activities such as workshops, seminars and courses. • As required upon request of the Coordinator, represent the Field Office at meetings, events or missions to the field. • Identify key contacts and opportunities for strategic partnerships to facilitate communication efforts. • Respond to a variety of inquiries and information requests. • Perform other related duties as required.

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