Human Rights and Gender Specialist
UN VVOLLUNTEEER DESSCRIPTTONN OFFASSSIGNMMENNT ETHR000047--Human Rghtsand GenderSpecialstts The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.
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Couunty ofAsssgnnmennt Ethiopia
Hoost nsttute UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights VolunteerrCategoory International Specialist
Duration 12 months
Expeecedd SartingDaate 01-10-2018
Duty Statono Addis Ababa [ETH]
Assignmeent Pacce Family Duty Station
Ethiopia is one of the oldest independent nations in Africa, dating back to about 100 BC. Located in the Horn of Africa, and with a population of 84 million, it is the continent’s third-most-populous country. As a federal parliamentary republic, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister is Head of Government and the President is Head of State. Ethiopia extends over 1.14 million km2, 45% of which is arable land. It is subject to geographical and climatic variations, with its central mountains and plateaus divided by the Great Rift Valley, and surrounding lowlands of desert in the east and tropical forest in the west. Ethiopia has achieved remarkable economic and social progress, particularly over the past decade. Agriculture, mostly rain-fed smallholder farming, was until recently the leading economic sector, and continues to account for around 80% of employment. However, agriculture has in recent years been overtaken by the services sector, in terms of both rate of growth and share of contribution to gross 28 Jun 2018 Page 1 of 8 domestic product (GDP).
Addis Ababa is the Federal Capital of Ethiopia and a Chartered City, having three layers of Government: City Government at the top 10, Sub City Administrations in the Middle, and 99 Kebele Administrations at the bottom. The city’s average elevation is 2,500 meters above sea level, and hence has a fairly favourable climate and moderate weather conditions. Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia, the seat of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). As sssiignnm me enntt DDe ettaaiils
AssignmeentTitele Human Rights and Gender Specialist
OrganizatonalCoontext& Proect Descrption
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. OHCHR has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the principal human rights official of the United Nations. The High Commissioner heads OHCHR and spearheads the United Nations' human rights efforts. OHCHR offers leadership, work objectively, educate and take action to empower individuals and assist States in upholding human rights.
The Office's priorities, expected accomplishments and strategies are set out in the OHCHR Management Plan 2018-2022.
OHCHR’s thematic priorities are strengthening international human rights mechanisms; enhancing equality and countering discrimination; combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law; integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere; widening the democratic space; and early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity. The Office also support the work of the United Nations human rights mechanisms, including the treaty bodies established to monitor State Parties' compliance with the core international human rights treaties and the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. We, promote the right to development, coordinate United Nations human rights education and public information activities, and strengthen human rights across the United Nations system. We work to ensure the enforcement of universally recognized human rights norms, including through promoting both the universal ratification and implementation of the major human rights treaties and respect for the rule of law.
OHCHR in East Africa has a tripartite role: it works with the AUC to strengthen its institutional capacity to deliver on the human rights dimension of its work; supports governments and UNCTs to strengthen national human rights protection systems and to mainstream human rights in their programmes; works
directly on three countries in the sub-region: Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Tanzania as there are no OHCHR field 28 Jun 2018 Page 2 of 8presences; and provides support on thematic areas in particular on women's rights and gender equality and treaty body capacity building. Additionally, OHCHR works on increasing civil society organisations and
other relevant stakeholders’ capacity to engage in the promotion and protection of human rights. OHCHR
is a member of the UNCTs and the UNLT, and works with UNECA. The office also provides support to
other OHCHR units on their engagements in the continent as well as facilitates engagement between the
UN and AU mechanisms.
OHCHR EARO work on gender and women’s rights as indicated under the different Office thematic
priorities are interlinked and interrelated. In 2018-2022, the Office will pursue advances in the progressive
development of international and regional human rights law in areas relevant to women’s rights and
gender equality. It will focus on assisting States in aligning legislations, policies and practices with
international anti-discrimination and equality standards and train and strengthen capacities of civil society
groups, especially groups working on women’s human rights, to address linkages between discrimination,
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), sexual and reproductive health and rights and other women’s
human rights issues. An increasing, albeit still small, amount of field work is also being focussed on the
importance of engaging traditional leaders and ensuring that customary law reflects international norms on
gender equality and non-discrimination. The Office is working to increase capacity of civil society to
advocate on, and raise awareness about, sexual and reproductive rights, the denial of which is a key
manifestation of discrimination. This work includes a series of trainings in different regions, the production
of short information sheets on human rights standards in this area, and organizing public events to share
experiences. This work makes the conceptual linkage between sexual and reproductive health, violence
against women and wider gender equality concerns as being connected in the understanding of sexual
and reproductive rights. OHCHR plays a leading role in supporting and empowering civil society actors to
promote and protect human rights. In 2018-2022, OHCHR will scale-up its engagement to support civil
society, particularly women human rights defenders, as well as technical support for the elaboration of
legislation to promote the participation of women in public and political life. OHCHR will continue to
promote access to justice for survivors of SGBV. As mentioned under point 4) above, the Office will
deepen its work on harmful gender stereotyping by law enforcement and the judiciary, and use
evidenced-based research to sensitize relevant institutions.
Susstanaable Devvelopmmennt 5. Gender Equality
Gooalss UNNV FFocussArrea Taask desscrpttono
Under the direct supervision of the
OHCHR-EARO Regional Representative, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
Contribute to organize seminars, training and lessons learned at regional and national level with
stakeholders with a view to supporting the formulation and/or revision of legislation and policies in
line with international human rights standards and jurisprudence in the area of women's rights in
particular sexual and gender based violence, as well as the development of tools in relevant areas;
Support UN and AU peace operations and civil society organisations;
28 Jun 2018 Page 3 of 8 Contribute to EARO’s work with UN and CSO partners ensure a rights based approach in the planning and implementation of country-based initiatives/projects including on prevention and
responding to SGBV;
Incorporate gender perspectives and ensure the equal participation of women and men in all areas of
Contribute to reporting obligations and other submissions of the Regional Office and the HQ;
Contribute to and prepare reports for the General Assembly, Security Council, theHuman Rights
Council, relating to human rights including issues of women's human rights and gender;
Human rights functions as stated in the office work plan including work been doneregionally, with the
AU and the countries that EARO covers directly;
Perform other tasks to support EARO
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the
concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV
activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on
traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Provide annual and end of assignment
reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting Application-
Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites,
newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers-
Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals
and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
Contribution is made towards improving the human rights situation;
An overview of the human rights situation within the area of responsibility (AOR) is maintained;
Accurate analytical reports on the human rights situation are produced and submitted on time and the
database is updated;
Good relationships are developed and effective advocacy conducted with the local authorities;
Contact with a variety of stakeholders is established, maintained and expanded;
Human rights awareness and training programmes relevant to the human rights issues in the AOR are
The capacities of local NGOs for the protection of human rights is increased;
The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when
28 Jun 2018 Page 4 of 8 working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented
in all activities throughout the assignment
A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the
assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and
• The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working
with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing
Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and
documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards
volunteerism for peace and development dur-ing the assignment, such as reporting on the number of
volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
Qu uaallifficaattion nss//Reeq quuiireemme en ntts
RequiredDeegreeLevell Master degree or equivalent
International relations, human rights law, and related field
Requiredexpeerence 24 months
Experience in gender and human rights related work:
Two years of work experience in a field related to human rights. Knowledge of international human
rights instruments and tools for the promotion and protection of human rights
Knowledge of international humanitarian law is desirable.
Experience in human rights monitoring and reporting is desirable.
Experience in research and drafting documents, such as reports, is desirable.
Experience working in a developing, conflict or post-conflict setting is an advantage
English (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent
AND - French (Optional) , Level - Working Knowledge
28 Jun 2018 Page 5 of 8 Human rights Mandatory
Rule of law, judicial and national legal system reform Optional
Familiarity with rights based approach, gender mainstreaming, results-based management, experience in
training and drafting reports and other materials.
Need DrvingLicence No
Adaptability and Flexibility
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Planning and Organizing
Respect for Diversity
Working in Teams
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Conditon ofServcec Click here to view Conditions of Service
Conditons ofServce or nernatonalSpeecalst::
The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of
funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal
of the assignment.
A UN Volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) which is composed of the Monthly Living
Allowance (MLA) and a Family Allowance (FA) for those with dependents (maximum three).
28 Jun 2018 Page 6 of 8The Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and other basic needs. The VLA can be computed by applying the Post-
Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base rate of US$ 1,602. The VLA base rate is a global rate across
the world, while the PAM is duty station/country-specific and fluctuates on a monthly basis according to
the cost of living. This method ensures that international UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing
power at all duty stations irrespective of varying costs of living. The PAM is established by the
International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and is published at the beginning of every month on the
ICSC website http://icsc.un.org.
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In non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC,
international UN Volunteers receive a Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are provided a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the assignment (if the
volunteer did not reside in the duty station for at least 6 months prior to taking up the assignment) and in
the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty station.
UNV provides life, health, permanent disability insurances as well as assignment travel, annual leave, full
integration in the UN security framework (including residential security reimbursements).
UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight tickets for
periodic home visit and for the final repatriation travel (if applicable). Resettlement allowance is paid for
satisfactory service at the end of the assignment.
UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including
Code of conduct, to the successful candidate.
Apppllcatonn Codde ETHR001047-2823
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This assignment is funded by the Government of Finland, therefore only Finnish nationals are eligible to
Apppllcatonn deaadlnee:088th July 20118
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified
professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
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